After updating, sidebar widgets disappear on front end but remain in dashboard

  • jmek66

    #7034

    I just updated my Graphene theme to version 1.8.3 and all the widgets in my right sidebar disappeared from the front end. When I look at Appearance > Widgets in the WP Dashboard, all the widgets appear to be in place. They just don’t show up to my visitors!

    Further oddness: the Footer widgets DO appear on both the front end and the dashboard.

    Am I missing a setting?

    The URL is http://www.jmek.net/lq2013b/ This is a dev site I’m using to test upgrades before moving them to the live site. The live site (which looks correct, mostly) is litquake.org.


    More losses: I went in to look at the Graphene options panels. I did not change anything, but I did click a Save All Changes button. Now I’ve lost my menus! I’ve also lost some but not all of my CSS stylings (h2.post-title is showing the correct styling from my child theme; .entry-content h2 is showing the default styling from Graphene–a lovely font, but not what was intended).

    Jeannine

    Anonymous

    #36592

    What column mode are you using? Check you column mode in Graphene Options/Display/Column Options.

    jmek66

    #36593

    I’m using the column mode for a right sidebar: in Graphene Theme Options > Column Options > Column Mode, it’s the first choice in the second row (wide gray main content area on left; narrow blue sidebar on right).

    BTW, if I switch to the left sidebar option, the front end of the site displays with a placeholder widget saying I haven’t put anything in that sidebar yet. Switching back to the desired right sidebar option, the sidebar is again blank.

    Admin

    Syahir Hakim

    #36594

    What version did you update from? Also, check the front page widget areas setting in Graphene Options. What files do you have in your child theme?

    jmek66

    #36595

    I updated from Graphene 1.6.2 (running on WP 3.4.1) to Graphene 1.8.3 (running on WP 3.5.1).

    My front page widget areas have both of these settings enabled: Enable alternate front page sidebar widget area and Enable alternate front page footer widget area. In the Widgets area, I have several widgets enabled for both the front page and the other page sidebars, but no widgets are showing up on any page. There is a blank space being held for the right sidebar; just none of the widgets are showing up.,

    My child theme has favicon.ico and style.css plus the following php files: atoztemplate, category, comments_false, footer-no-widgets, footer, functions, template-authorsByyear, template-twocolumnsleft-no-footer, I’ll be glad to send the functions.php and style.css (or any other files), if you tell me where to send them to.

    P.S. I finally thought to try activating the parent Graphene theme, and that does show the sidebar widgets. So I guess it’s something in my child theme that worked with Graphene 1.6.2 but doesn’t work with the new version of Graphene.

    Admin

    Syahir Hakim

    #36596
    Quote:
    My child theme has favicon.ico and style.css plus the following php files: atoztemplate, category, comments_false, footer-no-widgets, footer, functions, template-authorsByyear, template-twocolumnsleft-no-footer, I’ll be glad to send the functions.php and style.css (or any other files), if you tell me where to send them to.

    Therein lies the issue. You have the footer.php file in your child theme, which overrides the theme’s footer.php that outputs the markup for the sidebar. FYI, it’s highly not recommended to override the theme’s template files, precisely for issues like this. See the theme’s documentation on child theme for more info:

    http://docs.graphene-theme.com/Customisation_using_a_child_theme#Special_consideration

    jmek66

    #36597

    THANK YOU! Removing the footer.php from the child theme made the sidebars return.

    HOWEVER, I’m still missing my menu bar. Any idea how I can get that back?

    AND a new wrinkle….the featured posts slider isn’t working; it just stays locked on the first image.

    Admin

    Syahir Hakim

    #36598
    Quote:
    HOWEVER, I’m still missing my menu bar. Any idea how I can get that back?

    You have this code in your child theme’s stylesheet:

    #header-menu-wrap.clearfix ul#header-menu.menu {
    z-index: -1000;
    }

    Remove that and the navigation menu should appear.

    Quote:
    AND a new wrinkle….the featured posts slider isn’t working; it just stays locked on the first image.

    Are you using any other slider plugin? Your site is showing a Javascript error for Riva Slider.

    jmek66

    #36599

    THANK YOU again–now we have a menu. And a slider, after I disabled Riva Slider. I’ll start a new topic for my slider woes.

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