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[Resolved] Updated to 3.8 and WoP broke

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  • To detail things a bit more, in the child theme, I customized:
    ../page.php
    ../front-page.php

    to include:

    <?php get_sidebar(); ?>
    <?php print do_shortcode('[widgets_on_pages id="line1"]'); ?>
    <?php print do_shortcode('[widgets_on_pages id="line2"]'); ?>
    <?php get_footer(); ?>

    but after update to WP3.8, this no longer works — can you spot anything that should be different to get them “back”?

    Thanks in advance for any input you can provide!

    … and the Widgets (3) are no longer editable — they only contain grayed-out short code info:

    http://3cstudio.com/temp/widgets-icm.png

    I found the issue — apparently WP3.8 moved all my custom Widgets to Inactive. :-/ I simply dragged them back in the same order they were in, and all 7 (total) Widgets returned to visible on the site.

    FYI, for anyone else who uses Widgets On Pages, & experiences this issue!

    Is there a way to (safely) revert back to the previous version of WP? I’m not really liking this so far and I really would like Widgets on Pages to work again.

    @3cstudio: when you say you “simply dragged the widgets back,” can you explain the process a bit more? Thx

    Julie, no — there’s no easy way to “revert” WP to a previous version, unfortunately.

    But, look over your Widgets page: /wp-admin/widgets.php or the link at: Appearance > Widgets — see if the section entitled Inactive Widgets (typically near the bottom of this page) contains your ‘missing’ Widgets On Pages widgets.

    If so, you will need to drag each WoP to their respective Widget areas where they were previous to your update/upgrade — those Widget areas are typically on the right-side half of the Widgets page. This effectively makes them “active” once again.

    Thank you so much. I will try that. I learned a lesson the hard way, btw: Back up everything before updating anything.

    Oh, for sure. Backups are crucial, especially if you are not adept at ferreting out causes for odd error messages/pages or stalled updates/upgrades. I use iThemes’ BackupBuddy. Worth looking into!

    3cstudio: I tried to do what you had suggested…the missing widgets are not inactive. They are not editable or showing up at all, unfortunately.

    Is there an alternative to WoP? Essentially our VP wants to have sub-sections of info displayed in the main content area and I was using the tabbed section widget on a few pages. Thx.

    Not sure what to tell you from the “outside” — what’s the URL of the site? As for Alternatives, have you looked for something similar on the Plugin database? Go to: http://wordpress.org/plugins/ and see what you can see…

    I am creating the site locally (via WAMP), so not sure how I could show it to you. As for other plugins, I’ve been searching the web. So far may have found something (Widgets in Content: http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/how-to-add-wordpress-widgets-in-post-and-page-content/) which I want to explore a bit more before I try it.

    I sent a message to the developer (via the link from WP on the plugin page) but he hasn’t updated the plugin since 2012 and he hasn’t updated his blog (http://gingerbreaddesign.co.uk/todd/) since March 2013. It’s a shame….the plugin is really good! I’m an experienced designer who knows css and html, but I guess I’m going to have to learn php to really explore under the hood of WP.

    Thanks for your help.

    Yeah, the plugin gets good reviews — but no ongoing ‘love’ from its developer(s). :-/ Seems odd the fix that works (or worked) for others didn’t work for your situation. Again, I can’t confirm that from the outside — so hopefully your search for a similar setup turns up something great.

    Hat tip to 3cstudio!

    Not sure why the WP upgrade knocked out WoP, but the trick you mentioned above (and I’ve quoted below) worked great. Thanks!

    But, look over your Widgets page: /wp-admin/widgets.php or the link at: Appearance > Widgets — see if the section entitled Inactive Widgets (typically near the bottom of this page) contains your ‘missing’ Widgets On Pages widgets.

    If so, you will need to drag each WoP to their respective Widget areas where they were previous to your update/upgrade — those Widget areas are typically on the right-side half of the Widgets page. This effectively makes them “active” once again.

    Yeah, something in the update process for 3.8 “kicked” WoP to Inactive Widgets status, that’s for sure! Glad moving it back into whatever Widget area you had it in resolved things for you as well.

    Didn’t work for me; I didn’t see the WOP in the inactive widgets section at all. Might be because I’m building this using a localhost vs. live web server? I needed to keep moving with the development of the site, so I have installed Shortcodes Ultimate instead, to redo tabbed areas within some of the main content areas of the site.

    Might be because I’m building this using a localhost vs. live web server?

    Yes, quite possibly.

    Jetpack just added a component named Widget Visibility. Might be worth looking into as well.

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