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Opened 12 years ago

Closed 9 years ago

#17607 closed defect (bug) (fixed)

Google blog search API shutdown

Reported by: jcnetsys's profile jcnetsys Owned by: westi's profile westi
Milestone: 3.8 Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 3.2
Component: Administration Keywords: has-patch
Focuses: Cc:


I have done a search and can't see that this has already been reported.

On the wordpresss dashboard the 'incoming link search' uses google blog search API. Google has announced that this api is being shutdown as of effect 26 May 2011 ( It will continue to work but with limited functionality (due to their deprecation policy). I therefore suggest that this be removed or use a different API.

Attachments (2)

17607.diff (6.1 KB) - added by ryan 11 years ago.
Remove Incoming Links widget
17607.2.diff (7.3 KB) - added by aaroncampbell 11 years ago.

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Change History (21)

#1 @ramoonus
12 years ago

  • Component changed from General to External Libraries

#2 @ocean90
12 years ago

  • Cc ocean90 added

#3 @duck_
12 years ago

I saw this. However, as far as I understand it, it is the Javascript interface that is deprecated and will be disappearing, but not the blogsearch service as used by WordPress.

#4 @scribu
12 years ago

  • Milestone Awaiting Review deleted
  • Resolution set to invalid
  • Status changed from new to closed

Yeah, the Blog Search API (JavaScript) is deprecated, not the Blog Search Service (RSS).

#5 @toscho
12 years ago

  • Cc info@… added

We could change the default URI nonetheless. The Google blog search was never really good: very limited results, too much spam, and sometimes the feed is just not available (had this on two blogs in the last four weeks).

I’m using now everywhere which finds usually more blog links than Google.


#6 @scribu
12 years ago

Looks nice, but would it be able to serve 14% of the internet? :)

Last edited 12 years ago by scribu (previous) (diff)

#7 @westi
12 years ago

  • Component changed from External Libraries to Administration
  • Resolution invalid deleted
  • Status changed from closed to reopened
  • Version set to 3.2

Re-opening for further investigation.

Although the announcement only mentions the JavaScript API there are quite a few issues being reported with the feeds too.

#8 @westi
12 years ago

  • Owner set to westi
  • Status changed from reopened to assigned

#9 @westi
12 years ago

  • Milestone set to Awaiting Review

#10 @nacin
12 years ago

  • Milestone changed from Awaiting Review to 3.2
  • Priority changed from normal to high

So we don't ship with this.

#11 @aaroncampbell
12 years ago

It looks to me like the JavaScript API is the only thing affected here and we don't use it. I'm all for leaving this as-is in 3.2 and looking to remove all default feeds from the dashboard in 3.3.

#12 @nacin
12 years ago

  • Milestone changed from 3.2 to Future Release

#13 @seolife
12 years ago


Last edited 12 years ago by ocean90 (previous) (diff)

11 years ago

Remove Incoming Links widget

#14 @edward mindreantre
11 years ago

Is there a reason for having an incoming links widget (1) that isn't under Wordpress' control - meaning it can be shut down at will - and (2) at all?

Just takes more time to load up the dashboard completely by having such a widget, I figures.

#15 @aaroncampbell
11 years ago

  • Cc aaroncampbell added

I'm all for removing this and letting plugins implement similar widgets for other services. As such, 17607.2.diff is just a refresh of Ryan's patch.

#16 @scribu
11 years ago

  • Keywords has-patch added
  • Priority changed from high to normal

#17 @MikeHansenMe
11 years ago

  • Cc mdhansen@… added

+1 for moving this to a plugin.

#18 @m_uysl
10 years ago

  • Cc m_uysl@… added

#19 @ocean90
9 years ago

  • Milestone changed from Future Release to 3.8
  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from assigned to closed

Removed in 3.8.

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