Support » Fixing WordPress » Hyperlink button asks if I want to "Stay on Page" when I try to add a link

  • This is really weird: when I try to click on the link button in the WordPress Page editor, (you know the chains linked together to create a hyperlink), I put in the hyperlink but when I want to “insert” a browser box asks me if I want to stay on the page or leave the page and lose all changes…so if I chose to leave the page, I go back to “All Pages”, and if I “Stay on page”…well, I can’t add a hyperlink.

    Has anyone else had this problem?

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  • I have this problem too and it’s a nightmare.. Might be something to do with conflicting versions of jQuery? I’m going to submit it as a bug I think as not much seems to be being done about this and a number of people have the same problem.



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    Have you tried:

    – deactivating all plugins to see if this resolves the problem. If this works, re-activate the plugins one by one until you find the problematic plugin(s).

    – switching to the Twenty Eleven theme to rule out any theme-specific problems.

    resetting the plugins folder by FTP or PhpMyAdmin. Sometimes, an apparently inactive plugin can still cause problems.

    I’ve just set the site up on my local machine and reverted everything to default and it seems to be better so it does appear to be theme specific.

    I’m running a fully custom theme I created but with a lot of other people complaining about the same issue, does this not warrant some attention inside core? Even if only for someone who actually understands what’s going on to figure out what the issue is that’s causing these themes to cause the issue.



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    does this not warrant some attention inside core?

    Not really. The error message suggests that the theme is doing something that it either shouldn’t be doing or is trying to do something the wrong way.

    But if lots of people are creating themes that cause this problem it strikes me it could at least be documented somewhere. My theme does nothing out the ordinary, I’ve even stripped it back to nothing but the index.php and style.css file and somehow it’s still corrupted. The problem seems to happen most on IE (funnily enough) so I can continue to plead with everyone to stop using that for now, but there is definitely an issue here.

    Can anyone at least point out how a front-end theme affects the admin section? I can’t see how (or indeed why) the two talk to one another, any pointers as to how they do may start to figure out what this issue is.



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    it could at least be documented somewhere

    Do you have any idea how many themes there are out there? And any of these that cause such an error will be doing so for a different reason. You cannot document that. It’s up to theme developers to ensure that their themes comply with all of the current, published, guidelines. And site owners to choose themes from reputable sources such as

    Beyond that, there is nothing can do.

    Can anyone at least point out how a front-end theme affects the admin section?

    A theme can affect any part of a site – including the Admin areas.

    Frank McClung


    I’m having a similar problem with the same stay/leave issue when I try to save menus. Will open a new thread, but wanted to chime in that this is a larger issue than one theme, one plugin.




    I am running Genesis on this site and really weird things are happening:

    I doubt it is a Genesis problem, because Studiopress is so great, and I am running other plugins on here.

    But the strange thing is that if I disable all the plugins, the issues don’t get fixed.

    I was hoping I could get some answering by asking about this, and maybe someone can help? I would appreciate it sooooo much since I am not a coder and these things really baffle me (I don’t know the first place to start looking!)

    Menus – can’t click and drag any menu items using the WordPress menus feature

    Adding a link using the “link” button in the editor: if I try to add the link, and click on “insert link” all it does is takes me to the “all posts” page in WordPress

    All pages – The titles at the top of the “All pages” area are green.

    In the plugins area, if I click on the checkbox to check all plugins, it doesn’t check anything except itself.

    These are just the problems I’ve noticed so far.

    When I deactivate all plugins, the only thing that changes is the “all pages” area goes back to blue titles. Nothing else gets fixed.

    I can’t trace back to when this started happening. It is so weird. I considered that I might have been hacked? But the site is still up and running, so it doesn’t seem like it’s meant to be an attack.

    But reading this I see it’s not just me or this one issue.

    I’m so confused!

    Thanks for your help!

    On another note – I wonder why I never got emails that this thread was being responded to! I’ll have to keep checking to see if the “notify me of follow up posts” is working for me or not.

    I’ve just installed the 3.3 RC3 on my local machine and this issue seems to have been fixed so my guess was that it was an issue with core as my live site still has the same issue.

    Anyhow it seems fixed so hopefully the poor ones amongst us afflicted by this will have their headaches over when 3.3 is released!

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