Current Planetary Positions WP Plugin Documentation

Current Planetary Positions WP Plugin

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Installation

Download Current Planetary Positions free at WordPress.

To install the plugin:

  1. Log in to your WordPress dashboard.
  2. Go to “Plugins -> Add New“.
  3. Click “Upload”
  4. Click “Browse” and locate the plugin .zip file which you downloaded from me.
  5. Click “Install Now”.
  6. Activate the plugin by clicking “Activate”.
  7. The Current Planetary Positions widget will be available in “Appearance -> Widgets“.
  8. To use the widget, drag the widget to a sidebar widget area like you would any other widget.

If your website uses Windows hosting

If your website is running on a Windows operating system (i.e. using Windows hosting), then you’ll need to use the ZodiacPress Windows Server plugin to make the Ephemeris work on your server. This is because the Ephemeris included in Current Planetary Positions will not run on Windows, by default. Just install and activate the “ZodiacPress Windows Server” plugin, and it will automatically solve this problem.

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Screenshots

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Languages

These languages are included in Current Planetary Positions plugin:

English (default)

Arabic

French

Hindi

Spanish

Current Planetary Positions plugin is translation-ready, and includes a .pot file to make it easy for you to translate it into other languages. This includes support for right-to-left languages, as well.

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Troubleshooting

All Positions Are Stuck On Aries

There are 3 possible reasons for all positions to be stuck on Aries.

  1. If your website is running on a Windows operating system (i.e. using Windows hosting), then you’ll need to use the ZodiacPress Windows Server plugin to make the Ephemeris work on your server. This is because the Ephemeris included in Current Planetary Positions will not run on Windows, by default. Just install and activate the “ZodiacPress Windows Server” plugin, and it will automatically solve this problem. Note that ZP Windows Server only works with Current Planetary Positions version 2.0+, not with earlier versions of Current Planetary Positions.
  2. This plugin uses the PHP exec() function. Some hosting providers disable the exec() function. If this function is disabled, the plugin will not work. If your host has disabled this function, contact them as they may have a way for you to enable it. (Check their support pages.)
  3. It may be that your server did not allow the plugin to set the proper file permissions for the Swiss Ephemeris. See the following for help.

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Setting File Permissions For The swetest File

Current Planetary Positions includes a file that must have permissions set to 0755 (CHMOD 0755) in order to get the plantary positions from the Swiss Ephemeris. The file is named swetest and its path is:

current-planetary-positions/sweph/swetest

The plugin tries to set these permissions automatically.

If you received this error notice:

Your server did not allow Current Planetary Positions to set the necessary file permissions for the Ephemeris. Current Planetary Positions requires this in order to show the correct position of the planets.

…it means that your server did not allow the plugin to set file permissions.

You can try to manually set the permission for this file (current-planetary-positions/sweph/swetest) to 0755.

Most web hosts allow you to set file permissions. Contact your web host, or check their support pages to see how to set the file permissions.

If your web host uses cPanel, you should be able to do this, easily. In cPanel, go the File Manager. In the cPanel File Mananger, navigate to the Current Planetary Positions’s ‘sweph’ directory, which should be in your WordPress plugin directory:

public_html/wp-content/plugins/current-planetary-positions/sweph/

In the ‘sweph’ directory, you’ll find the swetest file. Look at the last column on the right to make sure that this file has permissions set to ‘0755’ like this:

cPanel file manager permissions

If it does not have permissions set to ‘0755’, you can change the permissions by selecting that file and clicking “Permissions” near the top right of the screen. To set the file permissions to 0755, make sure it matches this:

Setting File Permissions to 0755 in cPanel

If you confirm that the file (current-planetary-positions/sweph/swetest) has the proper permissions set to 0755, and yet the Current Planetary Positions is still not working, then check the other Troubleshooting documentation articles for other possible causes.

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If Your Site Uses Windows Hosting

If your website is running on a Windows operating system (i.e. using Windows hosting), then you’ll need to use the ZodiacPress Windows Server plugin. This is because the Ephemeris included in Current Planetary Positions will not run on Windows, by default. Just install and activate the “ZodiacPress Windows Server” plugin, and it will automatically solve this problem.

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Support

For support, please use this plugin’s support forum.

You can also fork or browse the code on GitHub.

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Updated on March 6, 2017

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