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  • Running the latest version of WP but for some reason when I drag and attempt to drop a widget into it’s place, it is stuck.
    I tried this using Chrome, Firefox, and IE. Nothing works.

    Anyone else experienced this? Fixes?


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  • Moderator kmessinger


    Have you tried:
    – deactivating all plugins (yes, all) to see if this resolves the problem. If this works, re-activate the plugins one by one until you find the problematic plugin(s). Don’t forget the ones in mu-plugins. If you can’t get into your admin dashboard, try resetting the plugins folder by FTP or PhpMyAdmin. Sometimes, an apparently inactive plugin can still cause problems.
    – switching to the Twenty Eleven theme to rule out any theme-specific problems.

    Thanks for the heads up. I had installed Facebook Fan Box and once deactivated, it still shows up under the widgets page. Now nothing can be dragged in the widgets area.

    The deal here is that I am unable to deactivate all plugins since they site does not even display anything at that point but will try to go back to twenty ten and try that.

    I really don’t like to change themes because of the custom work I have that for some reason disappears each time I do that.

    Moderator kmessinger


    Rename the plugins folder using ftp or by signin into your hosted account. That should get rid of the plugins.

    Cool will do that once home. Don’t like to FTP from work.

    Thanks for all of your help, I will update as to how it went.

    I had the same problem as you with this new version, have deleted many blogs this week, only solution I’ve found is a hard refresh, if you’re using Windows Ctrl +F5 worked for me on IE8 and Google Chrome
    hope you get there.

    Thanks for the suggestion Mikey, unfortunately it did nothing for me in this case. I will try to do what kmessinger said. I hope I can get this squared away since I have one widget I really need inserted.

    It’s odd since when I deactivate the widget it still remains on the widgets page as an option.

    I renamed the plugins folder and once reset, all plugins were deactivated.
    The sticky problem is over now, must have been one of the plugins. Only the header loads now and I know I need certain plugins to make the site work.

    Oddly enough without any plugins installed, when attempting to edit a post, the post does not load with a visual editor, only a partial one at best when viewed under the visual tab.

    Check it out if you want at

    I will likely have the front end up by then but if not I think you get the idea.

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