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  • Resolved onnoysomoy


    I am facing problem with Genesis simple sidebar plugin after upgrade. Please see below error code.

    Warning: Illegal string offset 'name' in /....../......../public_html/wp-content/plugins/genesis-simple-sidebars/plugin.php on line 105
    Warning: Illegal string offset 'description' in /....../....../public_html/wp-content/plugins/genesis-simple-sidebars/plugin.php on line 107

    What should I do? I have Latest Genesis Version and Custom Child Theme on site.

    Waiting to hear from you soon.

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  • Plugin Author Ron Rennick


    MultiSite Guru

    If you switch to the sample child theme do you still see those warning messages.

    Hello Ron,
    Solved the problem after changing code a bit in line 105 & 107. See below.

    genesis_register_sidebar( array(
    			'name'        => esc_html( $info->name ),
    			'id'          => $id,
    			'description' => esc_html( $info->description ),
    			'editable'    => 1,
    		) );

    Dont need to switch theme. Thank you.

    I did this fix, and it solved the warnings, but now I don’t see any titles on wp-admin/admin.php?page=simple-sidebars , the ID shows, but no Name or Description, they DO show up on the edit page. Everything else about the sidebars appears to be working as it should as far as I can tell. (php 5.4.20, Apache 2.4.6)

    Bluehost upgraded PHP to 5.4.20 today (yes, one day before a MAJOR HOLIDAY) and maybe Apache. Took sites down all over their hosting but also impacted we dedicated server folks too.

    This error happened to me too. The fix worked too and sidebars appear as they did with the widgets assigned to them, but now cannot see sidebar names nor add/subtract widgets from any Simple Sidebars in wp-admin.

    Am not a php guy but I’m betting there is a new php array call that needs to be tweaked. Whaddya think Ron?

    Nick Ciske


    Here’s what worked for me — this code only attempts to register a sidebar if it has a name:

    if( isset( $info['name'] ) ){
    			genesis_register_sidebar( array(
    				'name'        => esc_html( $info['name'] ),
    				'id'          => $id,
    				'description' => esc_html( $info['description'] ),
    				'editable'    => 1,
    			) );

    Nicely done Nick. Thanks!

    By the way, you are getting quite a rep on the MSP WordPress GGroup as Mr. Helpful and I know *I* really appreciate all of your contributions…and now here too?

    Guess I need to buy a Nick Ciske Action Figure. Know where I can get one? 😉

    Hey Guys,
    Hoping you can help. I barely know HTML and am trying to figure out what to change.

    Here’s my code that I find in my genesis-simple-sidebars/plugin.php I searched the code to find what you guys had above:

    genesis_register_sidebar( array(
    ‘name’ => esc_html( $info[‘name’] ),
    ‘id’ => $id,
    ‘description’ => esc_html( $info[‘description’] ),
    ‘editable’ => 1,
    ) );

    I see in one post above the [ before ‘name’ & ‘description’ was changed to to ->

    But then that wasn’t in the code Nick had. Any ideas what to do to make the errors for line 105 & 107 go away? Thanks!

    So I emptied my cache. I update the code on the plugin and saved it, saw a new 3rd error, deleted it. Save the code. Now the errors are gone. So I’m guessing patience was the key? My site looks fine now. That was an odd one 🙂

    PHP can treat objects as arrays, so: $info['name'] and $info->name could both work but it’s best not to change the core code if you can help it.

    My code is based on the actual plugin code — so use that and you should be fine 😉

    I have just encountered the same problem and resolved immediately. Thanks Nick.

    Nick, thank you for this, but could you clarify — do you mean that I should replace this block of code (below) with your code? I did that, saved the plugin code, and cleared my cache. The sidebars disappeared from their screen in the Admin and from the Widgets screen. Any help on this would be much appreciated. PHP is not upgraded yet on my server, but will be in 6 days, and I’m using the plugin on a lot of websites.

    foreach ( (array) $_sidebars as $id => $info ) {
    		genesis_register_sidebar( array(
    			'name'        => esc_html( $info['name'] ),
    			'id'          => $id,
    			'description' => esc_html( $info['description'] ),
    			'editable'    => 1,
    		) );

    Here’s the modified plugin.php I’m using:

    Just replace the entire plugin.php file with that and you should be good to go.

    I’m seeing sidebars in the admin (Genesis: Simple Sidebars), the widgets screen, and the sidebar selector on pages/posts.

    Thanks very much, Nick. But now I’m being told by StudioPress Support that the plugin has already been fixed, and that the problem is the ss-settings option in the database, which just needs to be deleted.

    Does it still make sense to overwrite the plugin code, when there will likely be updates on it going forward?

    Just sharing what worked for me. What you do is up to you.

    I understand. Thanks very much.

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