[A Game Of Porcelain Thrones] Your Site is Experiencing a Technical Issue

Yup! It’s another reason to hate using WordPress. This time my website(!) emailed me to let me know it has a “fatal error” — and googling, I can’t even tell if this is a real thing in WordPress or if this is some new kind of phishing email. WordPress might actually include some kind of error feature like this but not tell users about it or provide any documentation. Who knows?

I’d like to see this error notice RIGHT in my WordPress dashboard as a notice pinned at the top of each page until I solve it. Of course, instead all I get at the top of each page is pinned notices from all the plugins that want me to rate them or upgrade to the “professional” version.

Again, for all I know it’s just a clever phishing email trying to get me to put my password into some hidden trap. And WordPress would be glad to let that happen too, since as far back as I can remember policy has always been that if your site is hacked then you deserved it.

Here’s the email. I don’t see anything wrong with the site. I do think it’s funny that it claims the error if from Jetpack, since I already hate Jetpack.

WordPress wordpress@agopt.com 9:41 AM (11 hours ago)
to me


Since WordPress 5.2 there is a built-in feature that detects when a plugin or theme causes a fatal error on your site, and notifies you with this automated email.

In this case, WordPress caught an error with one of your plugins, Jetpack by WordPress.com.

First, visit your website (https://agopt.com/) and check for any visible issues. Next, visit the page where the error was caught (https://agopt.com/wp-login.php) and check for any visible issues.

Please contact your host for assistance with investigating this issue further.

If your site appears broken and you can’t access your dashboard normally, WordPress now has a special “recovery mode”. This lets you safely login to your dashboard and investigate further.

<There’s some crazy link here — I removed it because I don’t trust it>

To keep your site safe, this link will expire in 1 day. Don’t worry about that, though: a new link will be emailed to you if the error occurs again after it expires.

Error Details
An error of type E_COMPILE_ERROR was caused in line 101 of the file /usr/home/onebrick1/public_html/agopt.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/jetpack.php. Error message: require_once(): Failed opening required ‘/usr/home/onebrick1/public_html/agopt.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/class.jetpack-network.php‘ (include_path=’.:/usr/local/lib/php’)