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[] operator not supported for strings – PHP

I had a problem with Revolution Slider on a WordPress installation when upgrading to PHP 7.2+. It would generate the error – PHP Fatal error: [] operator not supported for strings in C:[path]\wp-content\plugins\revslider\includes\framework\base-admin.class.php:71

The problem was from the plugin attempting to use the short array push syntax on a string:

$box = array();
$box['title'] = $title;
$box['location'] = $location;
$box['content'] = $content;
$box['draw_function'] = $customDrawFunction;
self::$arrMetaBoxes[] = $box;

The solution was to modify the last line as such:

self::$arrMetaBoxes = $box;

No explosions, so all is well!

Why was the operator not supported?

A discussion on Stack Overflow gave me a nudge in the right direction. The suggestion was that PHP 7 has problems with empty-index array push syntax.

These are ok and work properly in PHP 7+.

$undeclared_variable_name[] = 'value'; // creates an array and adds one entry

$emptyArray = []; // creates an array
$emptyArray[] = 'value'; // pushes in an entry

An attempt to use empty index push on any variable declared as a string, number, object, etc, doesn’t works however. ie

$declaredAsString = '';
$declaredAsString[] = 'value';

$declaredAsNumber = 1;
$declaredAsNumber[] = 'value';

$declaredAsObject = new stdclass();
$declaredAsObject[] = 'value';

Theses examples all fail with a PHP error, which in my case was “[] operator not supported for strings”

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WordPress Login Reauth Loop

Sometimes I run into this login loop and here is something that has worked:

” I went into PhpMyAdmin > wp_usermeta > and deleted the meta_value for session_token. “

It seems to be more frequent on multisite installations and on those it can take more steps. When the above fails, then adding the following lines to wp-config seems to work best:

define(‘ADMIN_COOKIE_PATH’, ‘/’);
define(‘COOKIE_DOMAIN’, ”);
define(‘COOKIEPATH’, ”);
define(‘SITECOOKIEPATH’, ”);

There is a goodStackOverflow thread here:

Site Optimization Wordpress

Speed Optimization Tips From WPMU Dev

Pasting this here for future reference (from an email generated by WPMU Dev):

Site speed isn’t all about images though – there are heaps of other things to look at, too. I’ve collected a few posts from our blog that nicely sum up what you should look at to get your site operating at 100% optimal speed.

Here’s a quick overview of five areas to work on

This one is a comparison of a few top caching plugins (WP Super Cache, W3 Total Cache and WP Rocket)

A simple list of the 10 fastest WordPress themes

You like image optimization, so here’s some more detail about that

This is a big 22 step outline of every aspect of optimizing speed on your wordpress site

And finally, an in-depth drill-down on how we managed to get a WordPress site to a 91/100 on Google Pagespeed Insights

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