WordPress 2.8 bugs? Try this

In the last few days, I've heard from a few people who've upgraded to WordPress 2.8 that they're missing some or all of the visual editor from the Add New Post page: even if the "Visual" tab is selected (not the "HTML" one), buttons are missing. People have also reported the dashboard page not loading properly.

The issues seem to be reported more widely in Firefox than any other browser, but that may be because the WP community uses FF more frequently than any other browser, rather than because it's a Firefox issue. But if you have Chrome handy, it might be worth trying that. Otherwise, this routine seems to fix things at least some of the time:

  • in WP Admin, go to Tools, Upgrade, Reinstall automatically and reinstall it,
  • then clear your browser cache,
  • then refresh the dashboard.

Other people have suggested that switching off Google Gears and/or any caching plugins you have installed may help.

If that doesn't work, then using a plugin like Dean's FCKEditor will give you more visual editing functionality than the normal WP editor (including a "justify" button which I think may have disappeared from the WP interface).

Testing, testing...

Alternatively, you could upgrade to WP 2.8.1 beta, which should have resolved both of the above issues - though equally there are other, unfixed bugs, so you should only be using the beta if you really know what you're doing. But if you do want to be a WordPress tester, the lovely Westi has just released a rather neat plugin to allow easy installation of nightly builds for testing. Fun ;-)

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Posted by Sue on June 22, 2009 in News, Plugins, WordPress.

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