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Those are notices not errors per se, I’m aware of these.

Basically the notices are saying this isn’t the most up to date way of achieving something, but it still works. It’s on a list of things to fix when I learn how (I’m not a PHP programmer, I worked on the Stallion plugin tried to remove them).

To see these notices (normally hidden) you are probably using the plugin by Andrew Nacin “Log Deprecated Notices” or similar and/or have WP_DEBUG set to true in your wp-config.php file.

If you have this code in your wp-config.php file

define('WP_DEBUG', true);

The notices and any notices/errors caused by other plugins/themes may show on the site itself (your visitors see them!).

Normally you wouldn’t run a live site with a WP_DEBUG set to true as there’s loads of themes and plugins that throw out depreciated code notices etc… that are not errors and don’t break the theme/plugin.

On a live site wp-config.php file would ideally be set to false:

define('WP_DEBUG', false);

The undefined constant notices generated by the Stallion SEO Plugin are related to constants that haven’t been declared before they are called (something like that).

If you want to keep an eye on what themes/plugins are doing behind the scenes without having notices posted all over your site use the Log Deprecated Notices plugin, the notices are added to a log you can view under the WordPress Dashboard without it messing up your live site. This assumes you don’t have a development site, I use a development site for testing themes/plugins etc… so no need to run this plugin on a live site.

Since you just moved hosts could be having show notices/errors in your php.ini file showing these types of notices. If it’s not the wp_debug resulting in notices showing I would guess you have something like this in your php.ini file:

error_reporting = E_ALL & ~E_NOTICE
display_errors = On

As I understand showing errors and notices on a live site is a potential security issue, hackers can check for various exploits on your site and if you have errors/notices shown they get an insight into how to hack your site!

PHP security not my area of expertise, but I would strongly advise turning showing errors and notices off and have them logged so only you see them.

Changing

display_errors = On

to

display_errors = Off

Will hide all errors and notices at browser level, if you have log_errors = On set you’ll have them logged to a file so you can still check them.

David

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