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One of my favorite plugins is Alex King’s Popularity Contest. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to work with the latest WordPress release 2.5, nor Wordpress 2.5.1.

Fixing Problem #1

By doing a little searching on WordPress.org Forums I found this post which explains how to fix the Fatal Error problem I’ve been getting. What you need to do is change the line 59 of the popularity-contest.php file from this:


to this:


Ok so, that fixed the fatal error problem, and those of you who had the plugin installed prior to updating to WordPress 2.5 shouldn’t have any other problems.

However, if you’re installing the plugin for the first time you might be getting another error ‘Table ‘database.wp_ak_popularity_options’ doesn’t exist on line: 124‘.

Fixing Problem #2

You can choose to create the database manually like Ken McGuire explains in this article.

That works, but it’s a little complicated, so I came up with my own solution.

All you need to do is open the ‘popularity-contest.php’ file go down to the line 1528 and change this:

if (isset($_GET['activate']) && $_GET['activate'] == 'true') {

for this:

if (isset($_GET['action']) && $_GET['action'] == 'activate') {

You can also download the modified plugin:

Popularity Contest for WordPress 2.5

That’s it, you shouldn’t have any other problems now. Enjoy!


As Marco pointed out, the solution to the first problem could fill your error_log with warning messages. To fix that change the “require(’../wp-blog-header.php’);” for:

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Blog reactions


  • dyoonet
    May 17th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Worked like a charm. Thank you so much! You’re a lifesaver! :)

  • a.s.
    May 27th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Works perfectly, thanks a lot!

  • Rocky
    June 9th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    This is very helpful post and now my plugin is working. Thankyou……….

  • June 12th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    ... habe jetzt Popularity Contest in einer abgewandelten Version installiert, weil auch bei mir die Original-Version beim Aktivieren einen fatalen Fehler erzeugte. ...

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  • September 30th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

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  • J W
    December 17th, 2009 at 11:05 am

    I have installed the already modified plugin and when I tried to activate it I recieved the folloeing error message:

    “The plugin does not have a valid header.”

    So Please can you help me out? I am using wp 2.8.6

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  • October 3rd, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    This is very helpful post and now my plugin is working. Thankyou……….

  • October 28th, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Can you tell me what I have to do to fix this size of image box, and of course how to insert image in it (Popularity Contest).

  • July 11th, 2011 at 9:19 am


    When I install wp-o-matic plugins then show me an error message

    Plugin could not be activated because it triggered a fatal error.

    Fatal error: Cannot redeclare class WPOMatic in /home/favstock/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-o-matic/wpomatic.php on line 122

    Please help me

  • October 5th, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    ... Popularity Contest 人気投稿記事を表示するプラグイン。Popularity Contest Optionsで各項目の評価数値(持ち点みたいな)を調整することで、自分のサイトに合ったランキングを構成できる。 ...

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