Support » Plugin: Custom Sidebars - Dynamic Widget Area Manager » Troubleshooting: Disabled/re-enabled plugin, custom sidebars lost

  • Hi Bojan,

    how you doing?

    I was troubleshooting my client’s theme and plugins and had to disable everything for a minute. It seems disabling the plugin has resulted in her custom sidebars no longer being assigned to any of the pages. The sidebar content is still there! Just not assigned to any page.

    There are quite a few of these sidebars, though, and honestly I don’t remember where they all go. Is the (previous) page assignment stored in the DB anywhere I could look, say with phpmyadmin?


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  • Plugin Author Bojan Radonic – WPMU DEV Support


    Hey there nimmolo,

    How are you doing today?

    The info is stored in the database but it would be difficult to go through it since it’s saved as serialized array. With that said replacement data for single posts/pages are in postmeta table and for post type/category/etc in a wp-option table:

    – wp_options – in option key cs_modifiable
    – wp_postmeta – in meta keys _cs_replacements

    Hope this helps 🙂


    I’m having the same issue currently.

    Why does Deactivating the plugin make all the Widgets go ‘Inactive’?

    The behavior I am seeing is very similar to this thread on only I don’t have the option of simply upgrading the plugin because I’m already using the most recent version.

    Thank you for your time.

    Plugin Author Bojan Radonic – WPMU DEV Support


    Hey there nicknormal,

    I’ve tested this on my sandbox site and deactivating/activating the plugin actually doesn’t make all widgets to go “inactive”.

    Please advise,

    I don’t know, I’m at a loss.

    FWIW I’m running v5.3.29 PHP.

    Thanks Bojan.

    Good luck, nicknormal. In my case the problem turned out to be the child theme my client was using.

    The php warnings implied there were problems the way the templates were redirecting header information, and i’m not sure what else. But, since the parent theme is outdated, and I’m making a new theme for them, as a temporary workaround I got rid of the child theme and modified the parent (usually a big no-no).

    Sidebars are working again.

    But Bojan, the plugin is throwing php warnings itself, it seems like it would be nice to push out an update just for those.

    Plugin Author Bojan Radonic – WPMU DEV Support


    Hey nimmolo,

    You’re probably referring to constructor method for WP_Widget being deprecated, if that’s the case that should be just a warning and it doesn’t really affect the functionality of the plugin. We will definitely fix that one regardless in the following update 🙂


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