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Can't drag or manipulate widgets with Theme Test Drive

  • I’m upgrading a site from an older version of Headway Themes to a newer one using Theme Test Drive. Everything was going OK until I decided to check on the widgets to see if widgets from the previous version were working in this one. The answer, of course, is “no.” It’s a new ball game. So I tried to drag a couple of them into the 2 widget areas I have set up so far, and they wouldn’t drag. And one of the widget areas wouldn’t even open/drop down when I clicked the small arrow. I doubt that I can continue building this site in this way if I can’t access any widgets.

    I disabled all plugins except for Theme Test Drive, and it didn’t make any difference. They are reactivated as of now. I also removed all two CSS rules. Now they’re back. No difference.

    Here’s a video: http://screencast.com/t/kaDae0dUAp6X

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/theme-test-drive/

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  • Roxie, I don’t have a solution for you, but I do want to compliment you on using a Jing screencast to demonstrate the problems you’re having with this plugin. I found it very effective.

    Screencasting is a great way to provide detailed bug reports. It’s such a good idea that I wish I’d thought of it myself! 🙂

    Thanks very much,

    Fred Chapman

    Thank you, Fred. I always feel like such a backward dork that it’s nice to be called out for my unbackwardness. I use Jing often. Sure makes it easier to explain a complex situation and prove that I’m not making it up.

    I have solved my problem, BTW. It had to do with an errant plugin–Advanced Recent Posts, as I recall– that wasn’t playing well with TTD. I have disabled it now. I still had to reconstitute some of my widgets in the aftermath, but at least the mystery is solved.

    Marcia (Roxie, the dog’s, mom)

    Marcia, I’m glad you were able to solve your problem. I’m sure Roxie the dog approves. 🙂

    I’ve noticed a lot of support posts which talk about this plugin losing widgets. Now that you’ve eliminated the plugin conflict, do you find that this plugin plays well with widgets?

    Fred

    To be honest, I haven’t found out anything further. The experience of almost losing was enough to send me back to the drawing board where I decided that the site really didn’t need redesigning. And other more urgent matters took the front burner. So I’m sort of in a state of suspended animation about the project and the use of TTD. I may try it with another site of mine, or learn to live with things the way they are. But one thing that I found very sobering about TTD, was how little real support there is for it anymore. That task doesn’t seem to be on anyone’s priority list. Sorry, not to have anything more specific to offer.

    Marcia,

    With over 230,000 downloads, this plugin seems very popular, but I too have noticed the complete lack of support for important issues such as the plugin losing widgets. I decided to look into alternatives and found a couple of plugins which look promising:

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/live-theme-preview/

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/development-theme/

    They’re both very new, which I usually do not regard as a good thing, but they may be worth a try. Sometimes a new plugin that works, even if it is very simple, is better than an established plugin that’s been abandoned.

    Good luck,

    Fred

    Thank you. It’s worth checking out. Best to you, too.

    Hey, I think this isn’t a problem with the plugin, but rather WordPress and the way themes handle widget/sidebar area id’s.

    See:
    http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/17979
    http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/11160

    Bozz, thanks for posting these links! It does look like the problem is with WordPress rather than this plugin. -Fred

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