I have a live WP site, witha fair number of plugins, and a 3.3 update waiting to happen. So, not to mess everything up, I want to copy it to my local Xampp. Everything works, except the widget never appear for some reason.
I have tried the usual way, copying files to directory and making changes in the database to reflect the url change. Everything works except the widgets.
So, I thought it was probably something to do with the actual messing about with the database, and I decided to set up a virtual host and just use the backed up database http://www.mysite.com - > localhot. Did it, and the same thing is happening.
After tinkering with it I noticed that disabling Lazy Widget Loader plugin fixes the widget issue, but I am still having problems with certain plugins and the look and feel of the šage.
The files are from the backup of home directory and the database is the backup, both from cPanel. How is it possible that it's behaving like this? Why can't I make a duplicate site?