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  • Resolved sleeplessinDC


    I just installed WordPress 2.9. I had deactivated all the plugins before doing the upgrade. I also edited the config file to include the new line for the automatic database repair that I found on the WP Blog — why isn’t that included in the Readme file?

    Before turning on any plugins, my Twitter RSS feeds have errors saying they can’t find the link. For example,
    RSS Error: A feed could not be found at

    I’ve been able to turn on all my plugins except for Simple Tags but I get the following message at the end of the far right sidebar and none of the plugins that are supposed to be below that point are showing.

    Fatal error: Call to undefined method WP_Error::__destruct() in …/wp-includes/default-widgets.php on line 735.

    What needs to be done to fix line 735 in the default-widgets.php file in wp-includes?

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  • Discovered the solution. I had been using the Simple Tags plugin but when I activated it, I got a message saying it won’t work with WordPress 2.9, so I deactivated. That left me with no Tag Cloud. I went to Appearance/Widgets and moved the default Tag Cloud into the slot where the Simple Tags cloud had been. That fixed the fatal error and the rest of my plugins now work.

    I liked the Simple Tags plugin because you can configure the Tag Cloud for font size, color, number of tags, order, etc. I checked the plugin page for Simple Tags to see if there was an update or plan to update it and found this post below the ratings box “Simple Tags can’t work with WordPress 2.9 RC”. The plugin has a WP version checker hardcoded into it and a modification is needed to that line. Once done, Simple Tags works again and I am able to use it instead of the default plugin.

    All is well with WordPress 2.9 now.

    FYI: I had a similar problem and solved it by going into the “Options” table in the database and deleting “i:2;s:5:”rss-3″;” from the sidebar widgets field.

    There is probably a better way to go about it, but this worked for me. 🙂

    @themightymo, are you talking about your overall WP database? After backing mine up, I went in and found a wp_options table, but am not seeing a sidebar widgets field. help? 🙂

    Nevermind, found it. Just had to move forward in the fields list. woops.

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