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  • Resolved Ken.

    (@ken-2)



    I’m new to WP and still experimenting with themes, widgets and blogging in general. If I change themes the widgets are not necessarily following along. For instance, if I have widgets in a sidebar in theme “A”, if I switch to theme “B” and “B” does not use a sidebar, those same widgets are not available. It’s as though the new theme is seeing them as in use. I have to go back to “A”, remove the widgets, go to “B” and redo them.

    What am I missing? Is there some magical “reset” that I’m missing?

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  • no – but you can’t expect the widgets to be mind readers.
    If you have widgets assigned to a theme with 2 sidebars and switch to a theme with one – what should the action be?

    if switching themes, always take into account what widgets you have where
    it’s easy to deactivate them and then add them back to a new theme
    or you can just reset them with a plugin

    Widgets Reset: WordPress Plugin

    True, but it would be nice to have this in the admin panel.

    I just tried this plugin. It won’t activate – errors. It looks like I’d have to do this manually.

    I just tried this plugin. It won’t activate – errors

    what are the errors? I use this on all of my sites.

    Sorry, my mistake. I should not have tried to install this and work on another website at the same time. Too many distractions. It’s working and all is well.

    I guess I assumed that when I selected a new theme that widgets that could not be shown would be freed up. I figured a bit of if/then coding existed.

    From a “newbie” point of view a reset button would be real important. I teach basic web design (as in iWeb confuses them basic). I can see these people getting hammered by “where’d the widgets go – all I did was change the theme!”

    Thanks. I appreciate your fast reply and patience.

    From a “newbie” point of view a reset button would be real important.

    I imagine that is coming. Widgets are relatively new and still a work in progress.

    There’ll be an “inactive widgets” pool in the 2.8 widgets admin. That should take care of this widgets issue.

    I wish. My widgets won’t update. I even updated my theme to one “approved for v2.8” and still no joy. I update my widgets, “changes saved” but updates aren’t reflected. What now?

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