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  • For some reason, in the Dashboard – The right column of the widget area has vanished.

    see screen grab:

    I can no longer see the areas of my theme where I can add widgets. This has been working for many years but I’m unsure when it stopped working – I only recently tried to update the sidebar and found the issue.

    I have already tried the following:
    deactivating and re-activating all plugins
    re-installing latest version of WordPress
    re-installing the theme
    manually reinstalling the wp-admin and wp-includes folders

    None of these have made any difference.

    I CAN manually add items to the widget areas by enabling “accessibility mode”, but I can’t delete or edit any of the widgets as they don’t appear anywhere. This offers no solution to the problem really.

    Can anyone shed some light on this issue? Anyone help!?

    Thanks 🙂

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  • Post a site url, then maybe, images are worthless.

    There’s nothing wrong with the homepage so a URL isn’t much help. The problem is in the Dashboard. URL for site anyway:

    The image I gave a link to shows that there are no options for dragging widgets to on the right side.

    have you tried a different browser or even a different machine?

    Yes. Have tried both different browser and machine. Always the same.

    Any other ideas?

    Have you checked admin screen options?

    Yes. As I mentioned earlier – the only option I get with screen options is to ‘enable accessibility’ mode. This allows me to add widgets to the sidebar but not in the normal way of dragging – it doesn’t allow me the ability to edit their options or delete them either.

    This might help clarify just what’s missing…

    I have just updated both the the theme and the version of WordPress to be the current and still no sidebar widget options… I am concluding that the problem is probably with WordPress and not the theme. I have been using the theme Deadline for 2-3 years now without any problems.

    If anyone can give me a possible cause and fix this would be much appreciated. Without a fix, my sidebars are pretty much useless.

    Thanks 🙂

    3 months left since last post. I’m experiencing same problem 🙁 Did anybody find the solution for the issue?



    Forum Moderator

    As per the Forum Welcome, please post your own topic. Your problem – despite any similarity in symptoms – is likely to be completely different.

    My problem was sorted by deleting all the “inactive widgets” at the bottom of the widget area.

    @heymrleej Which widgets you have deleted? Maybe one specific widget made this issue?

    @esmi Since the problem is not solved ( officially ) I think that might be good to continue with discussion here, isn’t it?

    Anyway, I’m unable to access available or inactive widgets area: 🙁 esmi had a right, it looks like it is different kind of problem with the similar symptoms 🙁

    I agree this is a good place to sort out the problem –

    There WAS one specific inactive widget which was the problem but can’t remember.

    Go to “appearances” / “widgets”, scroll down to ‘Inactive widgets’ and delete the widgets one by one, until the problem is sorted. It worked for me.



    Forum Moderator

    Are you all using the same version of WordPress on the same physical server hosted by the same hosts with the same plugins, theme & configurations as the original poster?

    No? Then your problem – despite any similarity in symptoms – is likely to be completely different. So please help us to help you and post a new topic when we ask you to.

    Consider yourself told mmozart…

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