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Widgets don't drag and drop as advertised (76 posts)

  1. cheesepuppet
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Just installed 2.8 on a new domain.

    The widgets say to drag and drop onto the sidebar, but in Firefox and Safari, they don't work - they don't drag. I can't grab them, clicking on one produces a little hand icon, but the hand never closes and the widget never moves. Help?

    -- Note --

    Just killed that installation and installed again. Still broken. I've tried refreshing pages, restarting browsers, nothing works. What's the point of having an installed blog if the sidebars are completely unusable?

  2. Andrew Ozz
    WordPress Dev
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Do you see any js errors? Also it's possible that the installation zip didn't unzip properly, perhaps download another one, unzip it, delete wp-admin and wp-includes and upload fresh copies.

    The widgets screen also has accessibility mode that can be turned on from Screen Options and can work when js is disabled.

  3. VincentvandenHeuvel
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi cheespuppet,
    Did you try disabling your custom plugins? (remember to write down which were enabled). I was about to downgrade to 2.7.1 but I gave it one more try. I had the exact same problem and it was caused by a plugin. After that I optimized my database with Lester Chan's WP-DBManager just to be sure and it's now all working dinky donky.

  4. colinsp
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I had the same problem in FF3.0.10. I found that by dragging the widget over the top of one of the others the dashed box then appeared to drop it in at the bottom of the stack. I could then drop the widget in the dashed box. I could then configure and save it. BUT the Next Gen Gallery widgets don't appear on my page. :(

  5. croif
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Not working here too. I use Firefox 3.0.10. The Widgets on the Dasborad cannot be dragged and also on the Widgets screen I cannot move anything arround.
    Anybody found a solution?

  6. William Bowles
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Also, when you try to reorder the widgets, dragging the widget to its new location works but there's no save button so I assumed it did it without doing a save. No luck, still in the same position.

    Bill

    PS: WordPress 2.8

  7. ellaella
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I automatically upgraded my test blog with no problems, but drag and drop will not work with Firefox 3.0.10 -- it's as if the cursor is dead. I tried with IE8 and no luck there either; almost everything except the widget I wanted to drag becomes highlighted and I can't even select the widget in question.

    Quite a disappointment, although I must say FF has been nothing but trouble and junk for past three versions. Because of that I fully expected drag and drop to work in IE8.

  8. jsieghart
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I was having the same issue and I found this article and fix online.

    http://rickbeckman.org/thesis-15-on-wordpress-28rc/

    I tried it and now my widgets drag and drop and stay put in Safari, Firefox and Flock.

  9. William Bowles
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Yeah but this seems to be the case only if you have the Thesis Theme installed (which I don't).

    B

  10. ellaella
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Thank you, jsieghart. I use Thesis and Rick's solution took care of my problem. Haven't tried it yet with IE, but FF and widgets are working fine now.

  11. staggsxi
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    It seems none of the javascript in my admin panel is working. No drop-down menus or anything "fancy". I don't have any javascript errors (and yes, javascript is enabled on my browsers), it just seems to not be working.

  12. malexandria
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Same thing happens to me, I'm using the latest Firefox and I can't drag and drop widgets and the widgets in my sidebar are "locked" in place and won't open to let me edit.

  13. staggsxi
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I just took a look at the source code, and it seems there was an oddly commented line of code just after the <body> tag in the admin panel.

    <body class="wp-admin no-js  index-php">
    <script type="text/javascript">
    //<![CDATA[
    (function(){
    var c = document.body.className;
    c = c.replace(/no-js/, 'js');
    document.body.className = c;
    })();
    //]]>
    
    </script>

    Not sure how to take that out or even why thats there. Could be causing some problems. I'm going to keep looking into it.

    Nevermind, I found it and commented it out and it had no effect whatsoever.

  14. dmb062082
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    It is most likely a plug in compatibility issue. I had the same error and had to deactivate a plug in that I much enjoyed... category icons.

  15. staggsxi
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    That worked for me. Interesting. Hope they fix it!

  16. Andrew Ozz
    WordPress Dev
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Unfortunately there are plugins that include their js on every page in the admin when it's only needed on the plugin's config page. Some of this js interferes with the default scripts.

    Hopefully the authors of these plugins will fix them, leaving comments on the plugin's web pages may help that too. In the worst case the widgets page can be used in accessibility mode (switch from Screen Options) that doesn't use the jQuery and jQuery UI scripts.

  17. dmb062082
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    That worked for me. Interesting. Hope they fix it!

    Glad it helped fella...

  18. malexandria
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    That's just a cop-out to blame it on Plugins. What do Plugins have to do with the Widget Panel and Sidebars no longer working?

  19. melfelk
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I just disabled all of my plugins and I'm still having the same problem. I'm also running FF

  20. night2008
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I just resolved my issues when i updated to 2.8.

    First issue being something with my taxonomy object, giving an error in /wp-admin/menu.php (line 38), adding (array) casting in the foreach there solved the problem for now.

    foreach ( (array)$wp_taxonomies as $tax ) {

    Second issue was indeed the drag n drop widget interface. I wasn't able to drag or drop, just the cursor toggled to dragmode.
    I traced this issue back to my own ecommerce plugin, which makes use of the jQuery UI library.
    Commenting out my own wp_enqueue_script lines for these library files, and making my own script dependable on the jquery-ui-core file fixed everything.

    I recommend everybody to check the plugins they use, to make sure none of them actually include their own version of the standard WP Script files (jQuery, jQuery UI, Scriptaculous, etc).

    And as a personal note: I agree with azaozz when he claims the issue can often be traced back to the plugin developers.

    As an active webdeveloper, I often make use of open-source CMS software, and one of the most important things to check when creating modules (Drupal :')) or plugins (WordPress), is to make sure you use to apropriate (standard) methods and libraries of that system, instead of just adding your own versions to make it work.

    Hope to have helped someone!

  21. usabih
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    It's really easy to fix this.
    I just followed this link and works like a charm
    http://www.mwd.com/2009/06/wordpress-28-widgets-drag-drop-not-working/

    Happy?

  22. colinsp
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Link doesn't work

  23. msterri
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I was having a lot of problems with the widgets -- difficulty dragging and dropping them onto the sidebars, mulitple widgets appearing when I tried moving them around within a sidebar, and worst of all, most of the time I couldn't save the contents of the text widgets -- when I hit 'save,' the contents disappeared.

    I tried switching to the Accessibility Mode (under Screen Options) and that solved ALL the problems!

  24. n10s
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    using arthemia premium theme and having this issue.

  25. jstar198
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Was having the problem where I couldn't drag anything on the Admin backend.
    Deactivated the "WP Shopping Cart" (E-Commerce) plugin and is back to working again. I suppose will just have to wait until they release a fixed version.
    Hope this helps anyone else out there.

  26. grottler
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I'm unable to drag and drop widgets as well. I'm using the Thesis theme with 3 plugins: Akismet, Openhook, and Add to Any.

  27. ellaella
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    grottler - If you're using Thesis 1.5, the link posted above by jsieghart will solve your problem, but check your email for notification of Thesis 1.5.1, just released. No fix by users is necessary with it.

  28. grottler
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I upgraded to Thesis 1.5.1 and I can now drag widgets in WP 2.8! Much thanks Ellaella.

  29. docpete72
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I'm not using Thesis and was having the widget problem. For me it was the Intense Debate plug-in. Upgraded to the newest version and the problem vanished!

  30. ellaella
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    You're welcome, grottler. Happy to help.

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