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[resolved] Categories Widget Missing (34 posts)

  1. SteveFree
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Few days ago I upgraded from WP 2.51 to WP 2.8. A day after the upgrade I was changing around the Widgets and I removed the Categories Widget from the sidebar. When the screen refreshed the Widget dissapeared and now it's gone.

    It's not listed under Available Widgets or Inactive Widgets.

    Things I've tried:

    Deleted and re-uploaded the WP-Includes and WP-Admin folders
    Switched back to Default Theme
    Deactivated all plugins
    Tried both IE and Firefox (and cleared the cache from both)

    help....

  2. Rina Moe Fosse
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I have the exact same problem. I just upgraded from 2.8 to 2.8.1, and now the categories widget is missing...

  3. Torvon
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Same problem here. Update from 2.3 -> 2.8.2, category widget gone.

    Tried:
    * reinstall 2.8.2
    * deactive all plugins + reactivate
    * switch to standard theme and back
    * et cetera

    Help please :)

    ta-ta
    T.

  4. Arhammar
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Same problem. Nothing helps.
    It exists in a brand new installation, but not in my upgraded.

  5. Torvon
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    *bump*

    Come on guys, is there no input for this problem? Showing categories is one of the key points of a blog ... this is just very annoying, especially since it occured *after* updating to the newest version doing everything via standard protocol et cetera .

    Thanks in advance
    Eiko

  6. Pimli
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Is there anyone out there who can help us!?!

    It's rather bothersome not to be able to use this widget...

  7. hitboy
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I am having this exact problem and posted about it before got no responses. I'm surprised no one on this forum can help ...

  8. SteveFree
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Well I was unable to solve the problem so I ended up building a new WordPress install and importing all my posts using the Import function. Not very Sexy and a bit of a pain but it was the only thing I could do to fix the problem..... :(

  9. Torvon
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Just tried to reinstall 2.8.3 again. No change.

    Guys, there is a main widget missing when properly upgrading WP to the newest version, and this bug has existed for quite a while now.

    I mean, I did a clean reinstall, deleting all plugins, deleting all fancy stuff, getting rid of all themes. You can't be more carefull when upgrading.

    Is this issue somehow being adressed?

    Thanks
    Eiko

  10. admin@caservers.net
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Ok guys here is the deal; the problem is not in the wordpress files, it is in the database. Any time reinstalling the files does not fix something the problem might be in the database. I'm not an expert at mySQL but I know what I am doing most of the time. You will have to know how to get into your database and edit values. The easy fix for those of you that do not have a clue when it comes to mySQL is to backup your stuff, dump the database and make a new one. It is a pain but it does work. Looks like one of the wordpress updates messed up this setting in the database making the admin interface hide the widget. I run my own server so I'm able to use the mySQL GUI Admin tools to get into my databases for problems like this. I run about 6 wordpress sites and only one of them had this problem. My fix was to copy settings from one database to the broken one and it worked; the widget popped right up.

    Ok here is what you are looking for:
    SELECT * FROM wordpress.wp_options
    WHERE option_name = 'widget_categories'

    Edit the option_value to: a:1:{s:12:"_multiwidget";i:1;}

    This is the default for wordpress and should make it pop back up ware you can then configure the widget.
    Feel free to ask question if you guys want more info; only took me a hour or so to come up with this fix.

  11. Torvon
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I love you.

    Will you marry me? :)

    <3

    ta-ta
    E.

  12. admin@caservers.net
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Well I have a girlfriend so I don't think it will work out.

    Did this fix your problem?

  13. Arhammar
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I Love you too, Admin caservers!

    Will your girlfriend marry me? :-)

    Just kidding - thankyo very much for your effort and the solution.

  14. mbernasocchi
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    thx

  15. Rina Moe Fosse
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thank you! :)

  16. dhin
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I dont understand yet!

    Where I can find this

    Ok here is what you are looking for:
    SELECT * FROM wordpress.wp_options
    WHERE option_name = 'widget_categories'

    Edit the option_value to: a:1:{s:12:"_multiwidget";i:1;}

  17. whooami
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    @dhin

    inside a table in your database. Use phpmyadmin, or whatever tool your host provides.

  18. dhin
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    How?

  19. dhin
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Where can I add this

    Edit the option_value to: a:1:{s:12:"_multiwidget";i:1;}

  20. dhin
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I saw this on

    FROM wp_options
    GROUP BY option_value
    ORDER BY option_value
    LIMIT 0 , 30

    where I put this option_value to: a:1:{s:12:"_multiwidget";i:1;}

  21. admin@caservers.net
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Yea you guys need to know how to edit databases by hand for this fix. If you have no clue just reinstall. Unless someone out there wants to make a script to fix the problem.

  22. dhin
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Now my site is gone :(

  23. Luggruff
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    But if my value looks like this?
    a:2:{i:527845451;a:4:{s:5:"title";s:0:"";s:5:"count";b:0;s:12:"hierarchical";b:0;s:8:"dropdown";b:0;}s:12:"_multiwidget";i:1;}

    should I replace it ALL with a:1:{s:12:"_multiwidget";i:1;} ???

    I did that.. and no change..

  24. Luggruff
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Answer from the support ticket at my host:

    Hello,

    I'm writing in regards to ticket #****.

    As you know (and have already stated), it appears as though your WordPress MySQL database is linked up with your WordPress installation and is writeable/readable. As far as the other options that go along with WordPress, we are unable to support them. As such, the path you took to search WP's forums for help was correct, and we would encourage you to continue doing so.

    I'm lost.

    I changed the whole SQL-value to what you said, but nothing at all happened on my blog...

  25. shabbiest
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thankfully I'm just setting up my website, so no big deal, but whenever I add links to the sidebar it only shows the category and nothing underneath! ARGH! I've already reinstalled WP 2 times now. How can I be successful if I have to redo everything all the time?

  26. MichaelH
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    shabbiest -- please start another topic with your question.

  27. sjollie
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    inside a table in your database. Use phpmyadmin, or whatever tool your host provides.

    Guys, which table exactly?

  28. sjollie
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Ok sorry, I got it (wp_options). The categories are back, but didn't any of you guys have other problems with the categories after upgrading to WP 2.8.4? My hierarchy is gone (main and sub categories are mixed!) and all in alphabetical order... Any solutions to that?

  29. kwatog
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    @admin@caservers.net, thank you very much! it worked!

  30. Adam W. Warner
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    @admin@caservers.net,
    Fresh install of 2.8.6 - Default Kubrick Theme

    This also worked for me...kind of...I was able to get my Categories widget back, but when moving it to the sidebar, only two of my 9 categories would display. This display problem was happening before the category widget disappeared too. Something is definitely going on with the category widget!

    I also tried the Widgets Reset plugin before and after your fix with no success.

    When I remove all widgets, the sidebar reverts back to Kubrick defaults and lists the categories correctly.

    What in the world is going on??????

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