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  1. eveums
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I'm running 1.5.1.1, and using IE 6. Sometimes when I log in, the Dashboard text [the text that contains the WordPress news, etc.] is missing. However, if I highlight the area, sometimes the text will show up. Weird!

    I thought I remembered something about modifying some CSS on a page somehwere, but I can't find the post. Any ideas? Thanks!!!

  2. Alex Mills (Viper007Bond)
    Moderator
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Don't use IE. :p

    http://www.getfirefox.com

  3. eveums
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Thanks Viper, that was almost helpful... :)

    On a serious note, do you know what FF might be doing differently from IE, so I can tweak something? Thanks!

  4. eveums
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I am still having this problem, even after clearing my cache and a few other suggestions I have seen. Has anyone else had this problem? Any ideas? Thank you for your help! :)

  5. tarachan
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    The only time my dashboard text disappeared was when I manually upgraded my php 4 to php 5. But I was using 1.5.1.2 at that time.

  6. kekawaka
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I've installed multiple blogs over the past three days, uploading the same v 1.5.1.2 files in each instance. ONE of these blogs is exhibiting the behavior you describe. It affects the Plugins page, as well as the Dashboard, where the installed plugins show up in the 'Plugin Editor' but not on the main plugins page, so I can't manage plugins.

    So the problem is clearly with a single wp instance, and not server-wide. I tried deleting all the plugins to disable them, in case it might be a plugin problem. That didn't seem to affect the problem.

    Something is clearly interrupting the full download of these pages. (Check the source on one of these puppies, and you'll see.) But, for the life of me, I can't figure out where the error would be. The underlying files are all identical to the other working installations. (I've even tried replacing all the files in the wp-admin directory.)

  7. eveums
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Adding a little more information, so hopefully someone can help.

    - Sometimes the dashboard text is completely missing.
    - Sometimes I can highlight the area, and the highlighted text will show up. Sometimes it will stay visible, and sometimes it will "disappear" again after done highlighting.
    - Sometimes the text will show up at startup, but will parts of it or the whole thing will disappear when I scroll down the page.

    I have tried refreshing the page, with the same results. I have also tried clearing my cache, with the same results. This occurs on all 3 of my blogs.

    Thank you for any help.

  8. kekawaka
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I still don't know exactly what caused this problem. But I fixed my instance this morning as follows:

    1. deleted all the files except wp-config.php from the server

    2. reloaded the entire application (same source files, btw)

    3. ran wp-upgrade.php

    For safety, the codex recommends that you back up your database and disable any plugins before going through this process. However, I couldn't get to the plugins, and the process worked fine - reloading the exact same plugins as I had installed originally, of course.

    Might be worth a try if you're pulling your hair out on a similar thing.

  9. eveums
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    kekawaka, did you upgrade to 1.5.1.1 or 1.5.1.2? Or just reloaded everything?

  10. kekawaka
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Yes, I reloaded the same files, which were 1.5.1.2.

  11. eveums
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Thanks, I will try that, I am still at 1.5.1.1. Will report back! :)

  12. eveums
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I recently updated to 1.5.1.2 and am still having the following, consistent problems.

    Blog 1: On the admin screen, the only areas visible in the dashboard area is a box entitled "Latest Activity." There is a long box containing the word "Dashboard" but it is a box only around the word "dashboard." There is no space for further entries [as there usually is on the admin screen]. There seems to be no feed/information at all. Note: this screen worked normally with 1.5.1.1.

    Blog 2: Everything is normal on the admin screen except for the Dashboard. The box is large, as if it contains words, but the box is empty, or sometimes it will display a bit of text, and sometimes the text will show up when highlighting the white area. Same problem as experiencing with 1.5.1.1.

    Blog 3: Normal display on the admin screen.

    Again, I am using IE. Is anyone else having this problem? Are there any suggestions on how to fix this? Please! ** crossing fingers **

  13. YellowSwordfish
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I too have this problem on hosted site but a local, sandbox site is fine. Looking at the source there is just nothing there. Are there no ideas out there over what may be causing this? The plugins page loads fine by the way.

  14. angsuman
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Personally I don't use the default dashboard. I created a trimmed down version without any of the pesky feeds. I have however left Technorati (or is it Egorati?).

  15. angsuman
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I noticed the same problem on a newly installed blog.
    Personally I use a hack to get rid of all this cruft.

  16. eveums
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Angsuman - thank you so much for sharing your stripped down version of the Admin page. I'm using your version now. [At first I was worried that I would be missing out on important WP news, but seeing as how the dashboard problems of everyone here haven't seemed to garner much interest from the WP powers-that-be, I'm guessing the news feed isn't all that important.] Thanks again for sharing!!

  17. angsuman
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    @eveums
    > but seeing as how the dashboard problems of everyone here haven't seemed to garner much interest from the WP powers-that-be, I'm guessing the news feed isn't all that important

    :) I think someone should pay attention to user requirements.

    In the numerous feedback I received on the Dashboard every user is 100% in favor of trimming it down.

    I believe in proactively seeking content, rather than something pushed to me. If I feel the need of certain feeds, I will subscribe it in my aggregator. That is why I hacked it up immediately I saw it.

    Recently I tried the Dashboard shipped with 1.5.1.2 and as you also know it is hopelessly broken.

  18. revbob
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I put in some diagnostic code in rss-functions.php to find out why RSS feeds aren't printing:

    print("Source =
    " . $source . "\n");
    $status = xml_parse( $this->parser, $source );

    if (! $status ) {
    $errorcode = xml_get_error_code( $this->parser );
    print("
    Error code from xml_parse() = " . xml_error_string($errorcode) . "\n");

    Here's the results:

    Source =
    http://wordpress.org/development Updates and information relevant to the development of WordPress Tue, 14 Jun 2005 22:00:11 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=1.6-ALPHA-do-not-use en http://wordpress.org/development/2005/06/browsing-happy/ http://wordpress.org/development/2005/06/browsing-happy/#comments Wed, 01 Jun 2005 19:27:20 +0000 Development http://wordpress.org/development/2005/06/browsing-happy/ http://wordpress.org/development/2005/06/browsing-happy/feed/ http://wordpress.org/development/2005/05/security-update/ http://wordpress.org/development/2005/05/security-update/#comments Fri, 27 May 2005 17:34:48 +0000 Development http://wordpress.org/development/2005/05/security-update/ http://wordpress.org/development/2005/05/security-update/feed/ http://wordpress.org/development/2005/05/one-five-one/ http://wordpress.org/development/2005/05/one-five-one/#comments Mon, 09 May 2005 19:39:20 +0000 Development http://wordpress.org/development/2005/05/one-five-one/ http://wordpress.org/development/2005/05/one-five-one/feed/ http://wordpress.org/development/2005/04/popular-science/ http://wordpress.org/development/2005/04/popular-science/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2005 15:49:21 +0000 Development http://wordpress.org/development/2005/04/popular-science/ http://wordpress.org/development/2005/04/popular-science/feed/ http://wordpress.org/development/2005/04/wordpress-hosting/ http://wordpress.org/development/2005/04/wordpress-hosting/#comments Thu, 14 Apr 2005 00:31:46 +0000 Development http://wordpress.org/development/2005/04/wordpress-hosting/ http://wordpress.org/development/2005/04/wordpress-hosting/feed/
    Error code from xml_parse() = xml declaration not at start of external entity

    Conclusion: we seem to be getting bad XML from the WordPress site.

  19. revbob
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Sorry, here's the last XML that appears:

    <wfw:commentRSS>http://wordpress.org/development/2005/04/popular-science/feed/</wfw:commentRSS>
    </item>

    <item>
    <title>WordPress Hosting</title>
    <link>http://wordpress.org/development/2005/04/wordpress-hosting/</link>
    <comments>http://wordpress.org/development/2005/04/wordpress-hosting/#comments</comments>
    <pubDate>Thu, 14 Apr 2005 00:31:46 +0000</pubDate>
    <dc:creator></dc:creator>

    <category>Development</category>

    <guid>http://wordpress.org/development/2005/04/wordpress-hosting/</guid>
    <description><![CDATA[ It seems like every few days a post comes up on the support forums about hosting — people asking for recommendations, talking about problems, or sharing advice. Where your blog lives is really central to your WordPress experience, and for a long time we’ve wanted to highlight some excellent resources to consider next time you’re [...]]]></description>
    <content:encoded><![CDATA[ It seems like every few days a post comes up on the support forums about hosting — people asking for recommendations, talking about problems, or sharing advice. Where your blog lives is really central to your WordPress experience, and for a long time we’ve wanted to highlight some excellent resources to consider next time you’re considering a web host. On our new web hosting page we try to do just that, pointing you in the direction of some people we think are swell. Better yet, some of the hosts on that page donate back to WordPress, so you can support WordPress by patronizing them. There is more information about everything on the web host page, including a place to send feedback if you have any. Happy hosting!

    ]]></content:encoded>
    <wfw:commentRSS>http://wordpress.org/development/2005/04/wordpress-hosting/feed/</wfw:commentRSS>
    </item>

  20. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 10 years ago #

    revbob - I'm not sure of what the posting is about.

    The issue is being worked on.

  21. revbob
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    And here's the first XML that appears (in $source):

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <!-- generator="wordpress/1.6-ALPHA-do-not-use" -->
    <rss version="2.0"
    xmlns:content="http://purl.org/rss/1.0/modules/content/"
    xmlns:wfw="http://wellformedweb.org/CommentAPI/"
    xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/"
    >

    <channel>

  22. revbob
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    OK, so y'all know something is amiss with the dashboard page, and the problem seems to arise when PHP's XML parser tries to parse the RSS we're getting from the WP site?

    OK. Btw, it worked for a while last night.

  23. James Huff
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 10 years ago #

  24. logicbus
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I'm having issues with my Dashboard. It shows the last three entries in the WordPress Development Blog, it shows the Latest Activity box, complete with Posts, Comments, and Blog Stats, but then nothing. No links to all the developers' blogs, no WordPress logo, no version number.

    The only thing I can think of is that my provider (PowWeb) upgraded its (my) PHP a few days ago. I read about some temporary but catastrophic problems people came across on this board, but I'm just experiencing this minor issue.

    I've never made any changes to /wp-admin/index.php, so I tried (deleting and) uploading it again, but the result is the same.

  25. speechpoet
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I'm having the same thing happen on my blog (on a non-PowWeb-hosted site). My guess is it's a glitch in the feed, similar to what happened a month or so ago, and that Podz'n'co are busily knitting it back together.

  26. logicbus
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Everything is normal today.

    Why would a problem with the feed break everything from that point down on the page (ie, the version number, the WP logo, my saved posts)?

  27. logicbus: The problem the past couple of days was with the feed from planet.wordpress.org. This unfortunately was returing invalid contents which the RSS parser used by wordpress for the dashboard (Magpie) was having trouble parsing. This causes the dashboard to hang as the I think the failed feed is re-requested every time.

    westi

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