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  • I have a wordpress install that was done locally, and the uploaded to a web server. The widgets page freezes. I can’t see all my widgets and I can’t click on screen options. I can navigate away from the page, but that is my problem.


    Thank you.

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  • esmi


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    Have you tried:

    – deactivating all plugins to see if this resolves the problem? If this works, re-activate the plugins one by one until you find the problematic plugin(s).

    – switching to the default theme to rule out any theme-related problems?

    What exactly was uploaded to the server from the local install?

    I have similar widget page ‘frozen’ issue where you can’t drag the widgets on the widgets setup page but, found a fix on the Internet 2-3 months ago that was in the form of a plugin or a config mod that fixed it.

    I am configuring a new install with approx 90 plugins installed and 15-20 widgets using plugin central.

    I have read the standard uninstall one-by-one to find problem – but that literally kills any time saved using plugin central in which I draw from a core list of plugins that I utilize on each site.

    This is maybe my 20th WordPress site – I am a web developer.

    Any ideas anyone? This problem is on WordPress version 2.9.1

    The modification that fixed my widgets problem was found in the dashboard ‘screen options’ button found at the top of dashboard menu and just under the header.

    The screen options button only shows when there is a problem in which there is an option to fix it with.

    When there are no problems or no fixes the button just disappears.

    I clicked the visible ‘screen options’ button which expanded the screen right under the header – and presto there was the widget control fix.

    I have the same problem and I am unable to use the screen option on the widgets page, I have tried switching to the default theme and have tried deactivating the plugins and reactivating them.
    But still the page is frozen. It started working for a few hours and then stopped again ?
    How can I fix it for good ?


    sounds weird I know, but does your server have magic quotes enabled?

    I had been playing with that to debug something and when I switched them off again that fixed it. See

    Try installing the Use Google Libraries plugin– it worked for me when my widgets froze, and I’m thinking it might solve some other problems I had in the past…

    I found the solution on this thread.


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