Just this morning, I noticed that my sidebar had disappeared from my WordPress blog. My research yielded solutions that were, in my mind, not the easiest for most people to understand and easily follow. As such, I thought I would write something that is very easy to follow for vast majority of us bloggers who are not programmers or web designers. The solution turns out is very easy. And, hopefully this post will save you a couple of minutes or half an hour or so.
Why your sidebar widgets disappeared
I did a research online and found out that this has to do with using “<” and “>” within the blog posts. It essentially creates a div tag at the top without closing it with a “</div>” tag. This makes your sidebar widgets will seemingly disappear, but actually will be at the very bottom of your home page. This happened to me on this very blog which is WordPress CMS version 2.7.1 as of the date when this post was published.
How to make your sidebar widgets appear again
- Find the post(s) in which you have used “<” or “>” marks
- Go into Edit Post for that/those post(s)
- Hit HTML
- Look for “<div> tags”. You might see something like this at the top: “<div class=”mceTemp mceIEcenter”>”. Remove it.
- Update post. Issue should be gone now.
EDIT: Make sure to remove </div> tags too! I had actually forgotten to remove this and the issue showed up later. So much for writing a guide. lol. “Don’t do what I do; do what I say” 😉