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  • The new wordpress interface allows you to drag and drop the admin widgets to ‘customize’ your pages.

    I would like to know if there is a way to disable the drag and drop functionality. Why? Because my users are very basic computer users, who could be easily confused by this feature.

    It becomes a problem when custom fields (I’m using Flutter ‘write panels’) have large dropdown lists. If the dropdown list has a scroll bar, trying to scroll using the scrollbar also tries to move the widget. Which is a real problem for novice users.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. The new interface itself is fantastic! I just have trouble with the ‘drag and drop’ functionality.


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  • Do they need to have widget access at all? The easiest solution would be to install Role Scoper (or Role Manager) and just disable the theme access – then they won’t be able to edit theme files, change themes *or* play with the widgets.

    If that’s not an option, I’d say the only other thing you could do is 1) have them disable javascript in their browsers while they’re in the admin area or 2) edit core files to remove the javascript. but then you’d lose a lot of functionality (I wouldn’t recommend that)

    If none of these are viable, I’d have to say just let them learn. They will, in the end. 🙂

    Great, thanks for the help!

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