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    I installed WP 2.5.1 a few weeks ago and have tried a few different themes, without any problem.

    But suddenly, as I was trying a new theme, something went wrong with the Design->Widgets page. I don’t see any of the widgets being used in the “Current Widgets” list, nor can I add any new widgets.

    This is the same with all the themes that I have tried so far at this point (even with the default theme and others that worked flawlessly before).

    It appears like something to do with “dynamic sidebars” has gotten corrupted. I am looking for any pointers that will help me debug this. If I had to restore some WP files to fix this, which ones should I start with?


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  • Beware: Not every theme supports widgets. Maybe one of these non-widget-ready themes corrupted something? I once had to reinstall WordPress after trying a plugin that required widgets on a non-widget theme. Hopefully you won’t have to do this.

    Most likely that’s what happened. I am considering reinstalling WordPress. If I just rename the WordPress directory and replace with a new one and install WordPress again with the same config and on the same database, will it safely retain all the existing data?

    To reinstall WordPress, just follow the detailed upgrade instructions (even though you’re really just “upgrading” to the exact same version of WordPress).

    I tried doing that and I get the message:
    “No Upgrade Required
    Your WordPress database is already up-to-date!”

    Then, I tried this:
    1. Moved my blog to another directory.
    2. Created a new blog directory and copied WP files afresh.
    3. Made the wp-config.php point to a new database.
    4. Ran wp-admin/install.php, and it ran successfully.

    Now, I edited wp-config.php to point to my old database. With that, I can see everything in the blog as before. But the widget issue remains!!!

    Then I looked at the database tables. I have a feeling that the something in the database related to the widgets is messed up and that is why even with a new installation and old database, I am seeing the same problem (even with the default theme).

    Is there a way to delete or correct widget related entries in the database table? I think this is the fix I need.

    An alternative might be to start with a new database, and import only the posts, pages, users, etc from the old database.

    It turns out that the theme I was trying claimed to be widget-ready, but with WP2.5.1, it has some issues. Tried another theme, and now everything looks good.

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