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  • Resolved palmettostar


    This evening I was writing out a blog post and went to insert some coding and noticed it was already in the HTML tab. I attempted to switch it the visual tab so I could continue working but my editor will not change from the HTML mode.

    I have searched for a fix and tried everything from upgrading (I upgraded to 3.4.1 tonight), disabled all plugins, deleted & reuploaded the wp-admin & wp-include files.

    I’m not sure what else to do to make it work? I have a second installation of WordPress on my server linked to a different domain and that one is working fine. I don’t know when I started having this problem as I haven’t blogged on this WordPress install in sometime, but I haven’t changed anything on the server or uploaded anything since I started blogging again aside from upgrading.

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  • Krishna



    Can you post your site URL?

    blissful reviews

    I did a manual upgrade and deleted and reuploaded everything but my content folder. Disabled plugins and reenabled one, checked to make sure I didn’t disable the editor under my user name…it still doesn’t work.




    Try to revert to Twenty Eleven and see if the problem persists. Your theme seems to be causing the problem because it may be outdated/ broken or even infected.

    No panic, Krishna, this has no need to be an infection.

    Over the past years, I’ve had this a couple of times. Options adding themselves one over the other in the user’s database options, until some of the conflict with each other.

    There are two solutions, a complicated and a simple one :
    – create yourself a new user in your admin, the new user shouldn’t have the problem. Done, piece of cake.
    – open phpmyadmin, browse to the part ruling the options of the users, your bugged user and the new user that doesn’t have the bug, and manually copy-overwrite-paste the new user’s unbuggy options to your old user’s buggy option

    However, if you create a new user and that user still has that problem, then honestly I can be of no help.

    Changing the theme to a different one doesn’t fix the problem. I also have the same theme I’m using (before switching to Twenty Eleven) on my other domain where WordPress is working fine.

    I will try Sabinou’s option of creating a new user and see if that works. Where would you find phpmyadmin at?

    Here are two screen shots of what my add new post area looks like when I go to add a new post: screen shot 1 and screen shot 2

    Edit: I added a new user the simple way according to Sabinou and it didn’t fix the problem 🙁 I use Chrome (it’s updated) and tried it in Firefox & IE as well and no working.

    Then I’m sorry I’m unable to help !

    Just in case, it can’t hurt, did you ask your web host if they didn’t change some stuff ?

    Eventually I guess it’ll be fixed. The thing is I have another install on the same server with the same web host and don’t have the problem. Both installs have been on the server forever.

    Moderator kmessinger


    Check settings in the dashboard, users, your profile and make sure disable visual editor is not checked.

    Kmessinger I have done that, its unchecked. I also tried checking it, saving it and unchecking again.

    I have browsed through the forums and it seems a lot. Of people are having issues, I’ve tried all the recommendations found and nothing works so far

    Moderator kmessinger


    I think you can log in here, go to MySQLAdmin. Open the table called usermeta. Click on browse and check user capabilities. Yours should say, a:1:{s:13:"administrator";s:1:"1";}




    Try to revert to Twenty Eleven and see if the problem persists. Your theme seems to be causing the problem because it may be outdated/ broken or even infected.

    I wrote the above opinion just because of THIS REPORT.

    Please go through the report.

    Ah, a thing I didn’t think of, maybe your browser cached some blog javascript and made a mess out of it… Maybe with a new browser that didn’t visit your blog’s admin…

    Extremely frustrating…none of the suggestions above have worked. I’m not exactly sure what to do. I can still post to my blog, however I insert many images and coding under cuts that I can’t do now because it doesn’t insert properly.

    I feel your pain, I wish I could help 🙁
    Random thinking : if you take all of your blog files (well, save wp-content, wp-config, and the like, you see the ideao) and copy them to another of your blogs that doesn’t have the problem, will the problem appear ?
    Or (safer, lol) copying a healthy blog’s stuff into your broken blog, and see if there’s still the problem.
    How to say, I wonder if this is domain-centric or wordpress-centric.



    Forum Moderator

    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.

    – re-uploading all files & folders – except the wp-content folder – from a fresh download of WordPress.

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