August 2, 2008

August 1-2, 2008 — Site Meter Code Crashes Thousands of Blogs

published this at 6:18 am

This Blog Was One of Them

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Apologies to anyone who tried to visit this blog using IE6 or IE7 last night. Site meter code was bring down this site whenever it was loaded by those browsers.

Thousands of sites including b5media sites and Consumerist.com use site meter code as part of their tracking an analytics.

What to do if this is happening on your blog?

Remove the site meter code and paste it into a notepad document. It’s usually placed in the header or the fooler and is bookmarked with

Then visit www.sitemeter.com using Internet Explorer. Makes sense that when their error is gone, yours will also be.

Thanks to Darren Paul, Consumer/Lifestyle Publicist for the email this morning about this.
Hat tip to oneprojectcloser for the verification.

–ME “Liz” Strauss
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14 Comments to “August 1-2, 2008 — Site Meter Code Crashes Thousands of Blogs”

  1. August 2nd, 2008 at 6:52 am
    SiteMeter Crashes Blogs | The Blog Herald said

    [...] more at One Project Closer and on Liz Strauss’ blog. A big hat tip to Darren Paul for the heads [...]

  2. August 2nd, 2008 at 7:08 am
    Musing said

    I about had a panic attack last night when I realized my blog couldn’t be opened using IE. I hope Site Meter gets the problem fixed soon. A lot of sites use it!

  3. August 2nd, 2008 at 9:49 am
    Greg @ Wise Bread said

    Using the html only version of your sitemeter code should be a decent workaround — keep tracking stats without the IE error.

    Login to your sitemeter account and go to Manager > HTML Code. Use the “Regular HTML” code.

    If you look closely, you just want the image link that’s between the “noscript” tags of the original sitemeter code.

  4. August 2nd, 2008 at 12:04 pm
    juliemarg said

    Has the problem been fixed? I’m on IE now and I haven’t had any problems.

  5. August 2nd, 2008 at 12:31 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Musing!
    Yeah, it was not a nice night for me either when I couldn’t figure out why two of my blogs were wonky and two were not.

  6. August 2nd, 2008 at 12:32 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Greg!
    Thanks! I have other stats programs running. I’ll wait them out. :)

  7. August 2nd, 2008 at 12:33 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi juliemarg,
    I removed the faulty code. :)

  8. August 2nd, 2008 at 12:47 pm
    Luboš Motl said

    Several ways to keep S(h)itemeter and fix the bug, too (for both clients and webmasters): http://motls.blogspot.com/2008/08/fix-internet-explorer-7-with-sitemeter.html

  9. August 2nd, 2008 at 7:53 pm
    David Damore said

    For those interested Tech Crunch has a discussion on this topic.
    http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/08/02/sitemeter-kills-thousands-of-sites-for-ie-users/

    David

  10. August 3rd, 2008 at 12:11 am
    Jeanne May said

    I also slightly panicked when my blog couldn’t function properly! I contacted who my blog is with and they were very quick in their reply and solution.

    It was really interesting reading some of the solutions to rectify the problem.

    Jeanne

  11. August 3rd, 2008 at 6:45 am
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Luboš Motl,
    Thanks for the link. Loved your thinking and your post. You are more than a lowly programmer with full of computerabilia. :)

  12. August 3rd, 2008 at 6:48 am
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi David!
    It was fun to see their take. It’s nice to read about once we’ve got the problem solved, even nicer when we’re still living through it. :)

  13. August 3rd, 2008 at 6:49 am
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Jeanne,
    It’s also a surprise to see how little folks seemed to notice or remark about it. :)

  14. August 10th, 2008 at 7:07 am
    SiteMeter Crashes Blogs | Publisher & Social said

    [...] more at One Project Closer and on Liz Strauss’ blog. A big hat tip to Darren Paul for the heads up! This entry was posted on Sunday, August 10th, [...]

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