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  • Hey!

    I just updated to WordPress 5.5 and it broke the search box and comment form of my theme.

    The search box now displays a tooltip error, once I submit the search term (“Oops! Try again.”). No search is actually triggered.

    And the comment form has two issues. Usually, when I was logged in, I did not have to enter my name, email and web site. I could submit the comment right away. Now, as a logged-in user, I see the entire form just as any other visitor.

    When I fill all required fields and provide a comment, I still cannot submit the comment. All text fields light up in red color, but nothing is submitted.

    Can anyone help me fix the problem? Has there been any major change regarding form validation or checking the user’s log-in state?

    The theme is called “Grassland” and is VERY old, it was last updated in 2009. It is no longer maintained, but it worked fine for all these years. It broke just now, when I installed WordPress 5.5.

    I use it on a local, non-public site, so security concerns are not an issue for me. I always liked the theme for its simplicity as a blog. Please do not recommend installing a different theme or ramble about how I can still use a theme from 2009. 🙂 If you have any idea, what has changed in WP 5.5 that may cause these issues, please go ahead and tell me. Any help is greatly appreciated.

    Bernd

    The page I need help with: [log in to see the link]

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  • Moderator Steven Stern (sterndata)

    (@sterndata)

    Forum Moderator & Support Team Volunteer

    Try installing https://wordpress.org/plugins/enable-jquery-migrate-helper/ to see if this is due to the jQuery changes in 5.5.

    And yes, a theme not updated since 2009 is going to be an ongoing issue for you as WordPress continues to update itself. It’s probably time to start a project to find another theme.

    Thread Starter actronab

    (@actronab)

    Thanks Steven, that fixed the search box and the comment form validation.

    However, as a logged-in user I still see the entire comment form with input fields for name, email and web site. Usually, it only displays the textarea for the message when I’m logged in.

    In comments.php this condition is used to check, whether the user is logged-in or not:

    if ($user_ID) { ?>

    I checked all files of the theme, but $user_ID is never set. Has this been a global variable that was removed in WordPress 5.5.?

    It is not listed in the Codex:
    https://codex.wordpress.org/Global_Variables

    I searched all issues in Trac, but could not find any ticket that contains $user_ID in WP 5.5. There is only one result for WP 4.7. Was it set somewhere in the core up to WP 5.5?

    I think, all I need to do, is replace it with get_current_user_id().

    I totally understand that one should update plug-ins and themes regularly and I always did. But probably I’ll fix future issues myself, as long as I can. The theme is simple and as long as I know WHAT to fix, I’ll fix it.

    Moderator Steven Stern (sterndata)

    (@sterndata)

    Forum Moderator & Support Team Volunteer

    >> Has this been a global variable that was removed in WordPress 5.5.? <<

    No idea. You’re welcome to check the changelogs on trac or github. Try adding “global $user” in the function in question. Good luck with your theme.

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