Support » Plugin: Widget Importer & Exporter » Breaks my Widget Area

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    a few days ago, I must deactivate all plugins and our Theme to locate a plugin error, between 2 Plugins (not yours).

    After I activated all plugins, my widgets were not in the same place like before, so I thought it will be a nice idea to use my widget export filet to replace them all.

    It wasn´t a good idea. It breaks my widget area, and since I tried this, I can´t use another very important plugin (restrict widgets).

    I deactivate your plugin and erased it, but “restrict widgets” stays unusable (I can´t see the options like before in the widgets area and all my sidebars are hidden after activate restrict widgets). Before I used your Plugin, all works fine together.

    Are there still any tables in my database that I have to erase to become my results like before ? What exactly has the import of your json-file changed and how can I reset it ?

    That means not that this plugin is bad. There are a lot of good testimonials. It´s just bad for our installation.

    Hope you can help me. Best regards.

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  • Plugin Author Steven Gliebe


    What version of the plugin are you using? There was a bug in one of the early releases:

    You say your widgets were gone after re-activating all plugins? Was your theme active at the time? If not, widgets won’t show because they are specific to a theme. If the theme was active then it sounds like there was a problem with widgets before using the importer.

    If you load your browsers console do you see any JavaScript errors? Sometimes if there is an error, widget areas will become unusable.

    You can view the code to see what the plugin does to insert widgets: There shouldn’t be anything that breaks sidebars though and I haven’t had other reports of what you describe. It’s possible there is a bug but I wonder if there is more at play here. I can take a closer look if you give me steps to repeat what you experienced.

    If all else fails you could try a fresh re-install of WordPress then re-import all of your content and widgets.

    It was the newest version here from

    It breaks not the sidebars on the Frontend. It breaks the sidebars inside the widget area where you can manage which widgets have to show in which sidebar. Sorry, it breaks them not. They just disappeared and it was not possible to make changes on them.

    I fixed it with a restore of my database from 2 days ago. Here you can see how important it is to backup the website..

    Thanks for your reply.. Best regards

    Plugin Author Steven Gliebe


    Backups are definitely a handy thing!

    I’m glad you were able to resolve the problem.

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