Support » Plugin: Genesis Simple Footer Widgets » Error when trying to activate plugin

  • Resolved lbj56



    I would like to use the plugin but receive the following error when trying to activate:
    “Parse error: syntax error, unexpected ‘[‘ in /../wp-content/plugins/genesis-variable-footer-widgets/plugin.php on line 100”

    I have also just updated to WordPress 4.7.1


    • This topic was modified 3 years, 6 months ago by lbj56.
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  • Plugin Author Joe Dooley


    Sorry for the inconvenience. What’s the name of your Genesis child theme? Is it a Studiopress theme?


    No, it is a Kadence Theme — Virtue Premium

    Hi Joe,
    I have the Delicious theme and i have the same issue popping up. Any fixes?

    “Parse error: syntax error, unexpected ‘[‘ in /../wp-content/plugins/genesis-variable-footer-widgets/plugin.php on line 100”

    Hey Joe, I am having the same issue when trying to activate, and I am using a Genesis child theme?

    Plugin Author Joe Dooley


    Hi guys,

    Sorry for the delayed response. What version of PHP are you guys using? If it’s 5.4 or less the error you’re receiving can be attributed to that. See here…

    Since PHP 5.3 was deprecated August of 2014 I made the decision to stop supporting it to utilize some of PHP’s newer features to provide a better experience to everyone using the plugin. Based on the stats… Most WordPress sites are running PHP 5.6 or greater. We highly recommend upgrading to PHP 7.x.x. If your web host will not upgrade your server you should consider a managed WordPress hosting platform such as Pantheon or WP Engine.

    If your running an up to date version of PHP please let me know so I can try to replicate and fix the problem.

    If anyone needs help upgrading or has any other questions don’t hesitate to reach out. I’ll leave the ticket open until I get a confirmation for you guys. Thanks!

    Plugin Author Joe Dooley


    I’m resolving this issue as there is no problem with the plugin as long as you’re using PHP 5.6 or greater as described in the plugin documentation. I will save the post in case this helps anyone with the same problem. Thanks

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