This plugin hasn’t been tested with the latest 3 major releases of WordPress. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.

Dashboard Fixer


Some people have been experiencing an error message on their WordPress 2.5.0 dashboard. This is due to their dashboard widget options getting corrupted. This plugin resets those options so you can use your dashboard again.

Fatal error: Cannot use string offset as an array in [...]/wp-admin/includes/dashboard.php on line 46 


Just upload and activate this plugin and it’ll fix it.

You only need to use this plugin if you are getting the above error message. Using this plugin will NOT prevent the error from occuring.

This plugin is ONLY for WordPress 2.5.0. The issue has been fixed for WordPress 2.5.1.


Installing The Plugin

Extract all files from the ZIP file and then upload it to /wp-content/plugins/.

Open up your browser and type in the URL to your admin area and then “plugins.php”, like this: 

Scroll down and activate the plugin. It’ll fix your error and then automatically deactivate.

See Also: “Installing Plugins” article on the WP Codex

Contributors & Developers

“Dashboard Fixer” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

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