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Solution to widgets drag and drop problem in wordpress 3.0.1

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Are you using wordpress 3.0 and unable to drag and drop widgets on to sidebar? I had the same problem today and i was unable to figure out how to solve it. Suddenly from nowhere i did something and finally found out what was causing the problem. You have probably searched on internet for a solution and came across following ways.

  1. Deactivate all plugins and start activating it one by one while checking if drag and drop works or not to find the culprit.
  2. Click Screen Options and Click Enable Accessibility mode.
  3. Try different web browser.
  4. Re-install WordPress.

What if you are unable to even click on Screen Option to enable accessibility mode? All the above options can be tried and some of them will work for you. For me the first option worked. But what if you have a huge list of active plugins?

Read below how to find an error that is causing widgets drag and drop problem in wordpress.

In my case the first solution listed above worked, but here is how it worked.

I am using Firefox as a default browser and one of the difference between Firefox and Internet Explorer is that most of the times Firefox will not display errors on a web page on its status bar. Internet Explorer seems to be very sensitive to errors and will always display an error on its status bar when the web page is done loading.

I tried using Internet Explorer to see if drag and drop was working on it or not.

Here is the screen shots from both the browsers on WordPress Widgets page.

Firefox

Firefox Solution to widgets drag and drop problem in wordpress 3.0.1

Firefox status bar displaying Done

Internet Explorer

InternetExplorer Solution to widgets drag and drop problem in wordpress 3.0.1

IE statusbar with an error icon

The error icon caught my attention and i happen to double click on it to see what was the error. So double left click on it and a pop up will show up.

IE21 Solution to widgets drag and drop problem in wordpress 3.0.1

Error message on Widgets Page

Click on Show details button and you will find the exact file and error that is causing the problem.

Culprit Wordsfinder Plugin

IE31 Solution to widgets drag and drop problem in wordpress 3.0.1

Detailed error on widgets page

And there you go, you can see the exact file and the path that was causing errors on that web page which was not letting you drag and drop widgets.

So Wordsfinder was the plugin that was not letting me drag and drop widgets. Then i simply deactivated the plugin and removed it, then i was able to drag and drop widgets and also use the screen options button to enable accessibility mode, but that was no longer neccessary since i could use drag and drop.

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