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Problem with wordpress widgets page, widgets not displaying correctly..and cannot drag drop, widgets idebars appearing at bottom of page and cannot drag n drop widgets

Posted on 2011-09-13
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Hi Experts,

I am having trouble with my wordpress widgets page in the admin section.  I moved my website from localhost to live site, and some widgets not appearing.  In the widgets section, the sidebars (where i drag widgets into) are not appearing correctly...and appear at the bottom of the page, hence cannot drag n drop widgets.  What could be the problem?  My available widgets not appearing right and cannot open inactive widgets. Please advise.  Got some widgets not working.
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by:Jason C. Levine
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What did you do to move the site?
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by:kasondeneddy
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I copied the files from localhost to new server, then changed all links in sql file that said localhost to the actual site domain address.  Can I give you teamviewer access ot my machine? or can I give you access to my wp admin, though I wouldnt be able to put those details here right? Not safe.  Working fine in localhost....I just transferred the db and site.  Also updated the wp-config and added 2 definitions to it for site config settings.
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Jason C. Levine earned 500 total points
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In the future, you might want to do the following instead of a blanket copy:

1) Install a clean version of WordPress on the remote server
2) Move the WordPress databases and change the URL
3) Reinstall plugins instead of copying
4) Copy your theme and uploaded files

During an install some plugins may set paths or other environment info specific to the server and when you copy everything up in one swoop, you break the remote environment.  

For now, try disabling all plugins and adding them back in.

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Worked perfectly and great advise for future wordpress installs!
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by:kasondeneddy
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Hi Jaso1178,

Your advice on re-installing plugins, what happens if you have edited plugins? you will have to re-edit them on the new server?
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by:Jason C. Levine
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Yes, you would.  In that case it's worth knowing more about the plugin and the changes.  I recommend reinstalling because if the plugin needs to set up or change anything it's best to do it from scratch.  But in theory, moving the edited plugin and reactivating it on the new site should work.  It's my own sense of paranoia that makes me recommend a more conservative approach.

You could also reinstall the plugin, verify it's working, and then copy over the edited files...
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by:kasondeneddy
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Hi,

Thanks for the response, totally agree with you.
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