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WordPress 2.5 Widget Interface - I don’t like it (51 posts)

  1. kr8tr
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I’m sure people worked very hard designing the new Widget admin interface for WordPress 2.5 - and I really don’t like criticizing someone else’s work. But I don’t understand the thought process here.

    A perfectly functional (and very simple) interface was completely abandoned in favor of a very busy, very dysfunctional interface.

    The rest:

  2. powersparks
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    hey.. i agree. hope WordPress can come out with either a fix or an option to go back to the old admin interface.
    that was nice, 2.3.3
    rss widget doesnt show the entire area, so I can't remove it or edit it.

    many items do not work with firefox

  3. Anatis
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I also agree. It's horrible.

  4. powersparks
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    hey.. I think I figured out a decent solution for me.. since my blog is really minor..
    most everything started working acceptable with a 2.5 ready theme..
    I used:
    http://www.plaintxt.org
    you can see one of the new themes Barthelme here: http://3dpowersparks.com/

    good luck.

  5. TheSugarMama
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I dont like it either..

    Cool and all, but, ummmm how do i remove items from the sidebar? I can find edit and add, but dragging it back over to the "list" doesnt work either...and now my web guru tells me basically that i'm retarded for not being able to figure it out...

    other than the messy widget page, i do like the new interface somewhat...so far.

  6. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Annoying, isn't it? I hate the new widget interface design. It's just awful.

    To remove a widget from the sidebar, edit that widget, then click the Remove link at the bottom.

  7. syklop
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    When you remove a text widget, you lost (am I right ?) the whole content of the widget forever... With 2.3 interface, the "offlive widget" was preserved.
    And I didn't find how to move a widget from a sidebar to another : With 2.3 interface, it was just a drag and drop...
    I have a text widget without any "Edit button" : I can't edit nor remove this widget !..... BUG ?

  8. Mark
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    kr8tr said it very well:

    A perfectly functional (and very simple) interface was completely abandoned in favor of a very busy, very dysfunctional interface.

    Measuring by the number of complaints, this is one of the changes that definitely should be reconsidered.

    Otherwise I am quite content, by the way. The overall interface has become a lot neater.

  9. TheSugarMama
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Totally took me a minute to see the "remove" at the bottom, but the whole "view sidebar 1" "view sidebar 2" is a total P.I.T.A!

    first you have to add the TEXT(which is 1, 2, 3, 4???) and then you can change it and click change, but then you flip to the other sidebar and WHOOPS, you didnt click SAVE Oooooh nooooooo... Start over, wait Copy/paste my HTML? Where's my CODE? Ohhhh nooooo not again...

    I think my site's looking great but seriously - the widget should be put back to the drag and drop of yesteryear...

  10. zoeyrocky
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    PLAIN JUNK I LOST ALL MY CODE AND DON'T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN TO RESTORE IT .IF IT ISN'T BROKE DON'T FIX STUPID.

  11. Txanny
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I tested the 2.5 version in a live site, and because thinks like this one, I downgraded to 2.3.3 again. I'tys because things like that:

    - The widget admin was really easiest in 2.3.3
    - Lots of admin plugins stoped working with the new panel.

    Changes done on the admin side, made to me more dificult to post and to admin my site. Surely beacuse I use some plugins to manage my posts and to get content from Youtube, Dailymotion, Picasa and to publish my podcast. Most of them does not integrate well with the new admin.

    I think 2.5 is a major upgrade and we must have a test environment if we use some admin plugins.

  12. Moxxnixx
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I really like the new 2.5, but I have to also agree with the others. The new widget interface is a total mess compared to the previous version, especially if you have more than 1 sidebar. It's a major pain to do something as simple as moving a widget from one sidebar to another. I really would like to see the old Drag&Drop come back.

  13. chrisdoth
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I have two sidebars and now can't edit my text boxes as they are too wide...

  14. zoeyrocky
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I have two side bars and side bar1 won't display my widgets.Like I said before if it isn't broken don't fix it. Get the message.

  15. iamspencer
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I agree - the new widget interface is just plain bad.

    - loses your text code if you remove the widget from the sidebar.
    - problems with flash code in a widget displaying properly
    - No way to move a widget from one sidebar to another

    All in all I'm impressed by 2.5, but this is a miss.

  16. thisgirlangie
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I updated my site to WordPress 2.5 expecting to find some kind of text widget, but don't see one in the default interface. So I download a few plugins, activate them, and they show up under "Show all widgets" but clicking the link "Add" merely changes that word to a link named "Edit" (and clicking the link "Edit" does NOTHING).

    This is the behavior on Firefox. Attempting this on IE causes it to crash every time. Safari runs as Firefox does.

    Finally my roommate selected in the drop-down menu "Show unused widgets" and it revealed that somehow I had added a widget to the current widgets on that screen, and that I had somehow added a widget to the current widgets on that screen. Unfortunately, NEITHER of those widgets managed to yield anything to my published website after I filled in the blanks and clicked save.

    The website is http://www.women2.org and I am joining the angry mob. Seriously! Don't release a completely bug-ridden widget interface, because people's websites are now seriously mucked up. Documentation is meager, there are deadlinks or nothing in the codex. Sigh.

  17. chrisdoth
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I think a big thank you would go out to whoever could give us the old style, user friendly, working admin area back...

  18. nonletter
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Agree. older was better.

  19. cynthiablue
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Oh boy.. I've been googling trying to find out HOW on earth to move a widget from one column to another in 2.5 This is a pretty awful interface. The old one was so much better. I hope someone comes out with a plugin that'll make it like 2.3 and earlier.

    How do you move widgets from sidebar to sidebar?

  20. Monika
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    How do you move widgets from sidebar to sidebar?

    click on the left side..choose your widget

    click on the right side --if this is a text widget - safe your text and code and so on

    click safe
    click safe

    scroll up choose the next sidebar

    click safe

    click at the left side to choose your widget

    click on the right side to copy and paste your code and text from the text widget

    click safe
    click safe

    thats it - ;);)

    I have one and two and thousands blinks in my eyes, but this above is the new way to move one widget from "sidebar one" to "sidebar two"

    drag and drop is now not usability enough ;);)

    scnr

  21. bryan868
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I agree with everyone else in here, this 2.5 widget interface is a HUGE step down from 2.3.

    So we gained multiple text/rss instances, that's fine. But we LOST the ability to MOVE TEXT/RSS WIDGETS FROM ONE SIDEBAR TO ANOTHER. This is huge! Now you have to open a second window, copy and paste your data. Very annoying. Before it was as simple as drag and drop! I can't BELIEVE this is now gone forever.

    Please can someone develop a plugin that replaces the new widget interface with the old one?

  22. bryan868
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    NOTE: http://wordpress.org/extend/ideas/topic.php?id=1329

    Everyone should go vote and voice their support there.

  23. anotherperson
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I agree. I've got a couple of widgets that no longer work in 2.5, the broken widgets are causing my blog to load SLOWLY and I can't remove them! Ugh! The new widget interface should have been tested before being released.

  24. anotherperson
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Well, here's something. I just tried removing widgets using Firefox - that works. Using IE 6 does not work.

  25. chrisdoth
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Yep, I found several widgets including the Text one won't work with IE 6.

  26. bilher
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    how to get version 2.3.3 back on my blog?

  27. chrisdoth
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Theres a great guide to this here

    This assumes you made a database backup prior to installing 2.5

    Also would recomend doing a second back up of the 2.5 database before attempting to reinstall the old one. Just in case...

  28. bryan868
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I wish there could be some happy medium between both the 2.3 and 2.5 interfaces. I like that we can have many sidebars and it doesn't clutter up the page. But I HATE that drag and drop is gone, and that it's far more tedious to move widget from one sidebar to another.

    Some free-thinking designer needs to come up with a new interface concept!

  29. MattyBeatz
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I absolute can't stand the new interface. So far I've found nothing better about it.

  30. dj-anakin
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    WTF did you guys do!? This is horrible! Where are all my dashboard admin options? Now i've got settings, plugins and users?!

    And how am I supposed to disable plugins now? Don't say "click disable" because that does not work. And I don't want to delete them out of the folder. I want to disable them. That's the point of the word disable.

    Nice going. Way to fuck up everything.

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