Guest Post by Richard
The other night I was trying out a few different themes on my blog and I think I have discovered solutions to some problems being reported in the forums regarding widgets. I do not know if these solutions will work for everyone, but they did for me.
Switching Themes and No Widgets Shown in Sidebar Panel
Problem: You try a different theme and then switch back to your old one and the sidebar under Design > Widgets does not show any widgets.
Solution: Click on the “Save Changes” button at the bottom of the sidebar panel and the widgets you had been using will now show up in the “Sidebar” panel.
Problem: You add a widget to your sidebar and the edit link does not show up, or if it does, when you click on it, the widget disappears from the sidebar.
Solution: After adding a new widget to your sidebar click the “Save Changes” button below the sidebar panel before attempting to edit the widget. You should now be able move the widget to the location you desire, and edit the widget settings and content. Make sure and click the “Save Changes” button again after you are done.
Not All Widgets Showing in Available Widgets
Problem: You go to Design > Widgets, possibly after switching themes or to add a new widget to your blog and even when you select “Show all Widgets” and click the “Show” button, it does not show them all.
Solution: Click on the “Save Changes” button below the “Sidebar” panel and the page should refresh and show all available widgets.
Hopefully “Design > Widgets” is going to get some attention from WordPress and these issues will fade away with the next upgrade.