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  • Hey everyone,
    I successfully upgraded last night to WordPress 2.0, and everything seemed to be working perfectly. However, I just put up a post on my blog, and when I clicked on “view site” I noticed that my entire sidebar, with the image and links and my sitemeter, have completely disappeared. You can see that here:

    Does anyone know why that is? I tried deactivating all my plugins, but that did not work.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

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  • This is what seems to be the problem.

    Your source shows this:

    <b>Fatal error</b>: Call to undefined function: jal_get_shoutbox() in <b>/home/theurban/public_html/wp-content/themes/letterhead/sidebar.php</b> on line <b>39</b><br />

    Were you using some plugin that used that function jal_get_shoutbox() ?

    Activate Jale’s Shoutbox plugin –
    or remove the code from your template.
    It is happening due to some error in your plugins.
    However unless you have followed the safe procedure for adding plugin code to template, just deactivating the plugin may not help as has happened in your case.

    Hi again,

    Thanks for your quick responses. I actually just removed the Ajax Shoutbox plugin completely from my server. I also removed the Shoutbox code that I put into my sidebar. However, I still don’t see my sidebar. Do I need to just close my browser and keep refreshing the page? Or is there something else I should do as well.


    Your second post is part of the problem.

    The same thing happened to someone yesterday, and it was for the same reason.

    A div container needs to have an end tag, and something like this does not work <div something here />, it has to have an end tag.

    And because of this your tags are all messed up, you should do something about that post.

    For example take a look at these two posts:

    You will see that the page doesn’t even finish.

    Whereas this one works fine:

    If you still have problems after correcting your second post, please post back and I will try see what else the problem is.

    Ok. Now I can’t even access my blog, or even the links you just put up to my last two posts. The error message says “failed to open stream.”

    Never mind my last post. I am now able to access my blog. I must have accidentally deleted one to many plug ins. It’s a good thing I did a back up!


    I had that problem too .. refresh the page a couple of times perhaps, that should take care of that ..

    Ok people. I fixed my wearable art post, and now everything is fine and I see my sidebar once again. I think it really had to do with that rich text editor. Because when I switched to the HTML view, and deleted a whole bunch of gobbeldy gook, everything worked fine


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