My woes with WordPress 2.8 6

UPDATE: It looks as if the solution is “wait until updated plugins come out.” Since one or two of them (like Twitter Tools) are explicitly no longer being updated I may just degrade to 2.7.

If you follow my twitter feed then you know that I have had trouble with the Dashboard after upgrading Targuman to WordPress 2.8. When I sent out a general plea on twitter whether or not it was possible to downgrade to 2.7 I was very pleasantly surprised when @wpanswers replied “@Targuman you can downgrade, yes, but why would you want to?” I am glad you asked! And indeed, s/he offered to help further if I provided screenshots, etc. so here it is!

First a description of the problem. After upgrading I noticed that all of the nice functionality of the Dashboard was gone. I saw far less information, the menus on the left would no longer expand (but I could still click on them to go to the page), and I could not move items around. This last element means that I cannot modify widgets at all. So, first, the Dashboard as it appears without the troublesome plugins activated:

As it should look.

As it should look.

With them activated:

As it looks when plugins are active

As it looks with certain plugins active.

The resulting mess in the widgets section:

With plugins active I cannot manage widgets.

With plugins active I cannot manage the widgets.

So I did some trial and error, but not all. WordPress has its own list of what plugins work and which do not here. The “Share This” plugin is on the “don’t” list, as well it should be, since it causes you to not even see the plugins page. Oops. But the following are plugins that I found caused me to lose functionality.

  1. Akismet – this, I am told should NOT cause any trouble, but it alone results in the behavior noted.
  2. All in One SEO Pack – even though the WP lists this as OK.
  3. Twitter Tools
  4. WP-Footnotes

That is not many, but I tend not to use too many. The others that I have active that did not seem to cause problems (although it could be a combination effect) are:

  1. Audio Player
  2. Favicon Manager
  3. Google Analyticator
  4. Google XML Sitemaps
  5. Scripturizer
  6. Smart YouTube
  7. Sub Pages widget

So I am grateful for any help that others can offer. The problems are all on the management side, so far as I can tell. The site looks the same to observers, I just have extra steps to go through to create a new post or cannot adjust the widgets, that sort of thing.


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6 thoughts on “My woes with WordPress 2.8

  • Glenn Reffin / Redcentaur


    I’m sorry to hear you’ve been having problems with WordPress 2.8; although I’m also relieved because I have been having some similar problems with the Dashboard. Another problem I have found there is that the pull-down menus at the top (Screen Options and Help) do not work. I hadn’t thought of Akismet (the upgraded version shipped with 2.8!) as causing any problems so I might try disabling that.

    My focus has been on more serious issues with upgrading to 2.8. Just when I thought I had sorted them all out, today I found I had a white space problem and Error 404 page redirects on my blog. I have written two posts on my blog which might help if you have any of those difficulties. The first is at: and the second is linked to it in related posts. I hope you find this useful.

    Good luck and let me know how you get on!

    • Chris Brady Post author

      Thanks Glenn. Your issues with the pull-down menus are the same as I am seeing as well. I can run with no plugins but it changes the user experience and I would prefer to keep them running if I can….

  • Doug Chaplin

    I haven’t installed Footnotes yet, so thanks for the heads up. I have no problems with Akismet though, which seems to be working fine.