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The new WordPress dashboard and widgets

  1. Since 2.5 (or the .com equivalent is at this very moment coming to a .com blog near you, I thought I would post a bit of a caution regarding text widgets and working with them.

    If you have text widgets with code and such in them on your blog, open each one of them, copy everything in it and paste it into a text file for safe keeping. The reason I say this is that if you remove a text widget from your sidebar, and then decide you want to put it back, when you "add" one back in, it will come in blank with nothing in it. Hopefully WordPress will work on the widget admin area and take out some of the present shortcomings.

    Since you cannot see more than one sidebar at once, moving a widget from one sidebar to another is more involved.

    1. Go to design > widgets
    2. Click on the text widget edit link
    3. Copy the content of the widget to the clipboard
    4. Click the remove button
    5. Click the “Save Changes” button
    6. Select the target sidebar from the pulldown
    7. Click Show
    8. Click “Add” on the text widget bar in available widgets
    9. Click edit on the text widget in the sidebar panel
    10. Paste the content into the widget text area
    11. Reenter the title (if one is desired)
    12. Click “Change”
    13. Click “Save Changes”

    If you are moving more than one, you will have to copy the stuff in the widgets out to a text file. And when working with multiple edits in a sidebar, press "Save Changes" after each widget edit, or the changes may not be saved for all of them.

  2. what happened to the "authors" widget? it isn't listed in the list of widgets and the authors section has disappeared from my blog.

  3. I hate the new dashboard, I can't see the lettering. The lettering needs to be black!!!

  4. I agree, it is hard to read the lettering on the new Dashboard, it is so light in color. Can it be rendered in black, as before?

  5. If you go to your profile there is an option to select the "classic" color scheme back, which would bring back the old colors.

    We're also going to be adding new color schemes in the future. :)

  6. Matt, I don't see that option in my profile. Where should I be looking?

  7. thesacredpath, thank you. you are most helpful. (patience is a virtue)!

  8. Never mind, I;m an idiot. I found it.

  9. Muse, you are welcome as always.

  10. You can switch the color scheme back to the classic by going to users > my profile and selecting "Classic" admin color scheme and then clicking "update profile."

  11. Users and settings is at the far right end of the dashboard menu bar.

  12. Recent posts widget doesn't "work"anymore. All others are fine. This one has text, but not theme, color.

  13. grahamregarding

    the color is all well and fine but is there any way to change it back completely?

  14. No way to change it back completely.

  15. grahamregarding

    wow that was a very bad decision.

  16. I just noticed that we can only see widgets for one sidebar at a time and can't drag them from one side to another any longer. However... when I tried to highlight and copy/paste text within one of my text widgets, it wouldn't let me do so.

    Is this something others have experienced or not?

  17. grahamregarding

    wordpress could have at least given us an option.

  18. new design for image upload problem in iceweasel ( Linux Debian etch), AJAX not function.

  19. I can't figure out how to put an image in my sidebar now. Guess I'll just sit back and let things shake out.

  20. How do I show more posts on my page. You use to could go to "manage" and the "read" now I don't see read. What should I do?

  21. Actually it was options reading. On the right of the blue area in the dashboard select settings and then reading.

  22. yea, my authors are back up on my page. thanks. is it possible to adjust the size of their pics like on the comments widget? the pics of the authors are kinda huge now.

  23. I don't see any way to make them smaller. Are they larger than they were with the old version?

  24. I really don't like the new dashboard - bring back the previous version please - it so much more user friendly.

  25. I'm not able to link to a website in a new post within the new dashboard. A box pops up on the screen, which I presume is to insert a link, but it's blank! I really do hate this new dashboard. Why has WordPress updated it without giving us the choice of sticking with the last one.

  26. Put your pointer on the blank box, right click and select reload or refresh frame and that will take care of the problem.

  27. <i>I don't see any way to make them smaller. Are they larger than they were with the old version?</i>

    yes, they are larger.

  28. I looked at your blog, and you are right they are huge. They can be made smaller with the paid CSS upgrade, but I think it would be a good idea for WP to provide a setting on the widget to select a smaller size like they do with the recent comments widget. I would contact support and ask them to provide a way to make them smaller on the widget.

  29. I haven't used my blog for months, and I'm not the most technically adept person. So now that something seems to have changed I can't figure out even how to upload an image (into my sidebar) - I always use the FAQ help post but it's telling me to click on things that no longer seem to exist. Should I just wait... I'm sure I'm not going to get smarter if I do but is something happening with the dashboard that might help me?

  30. Image uploading is now available in the "Add Media" section just above the editor.

    I'm looking into the comment author image size thing.

    We can't run with different versions on different blogs - it's all or nothing.

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