Hey everyone! In July 2021, WordPress 5.8 was released, and with it came a few bug fixes and changes in process.
One of the major issue is in the widget section (appearance-> widgets). You may already experienced that your widgets are not loading in the backend widgets area or error appearing (not working) . This is an issue because the new WordPress 5.8 widgets are now uses and managed from the block editor.
To over come this issue you need to upgrade your theme by including the block editor support for widgets. There was a lot of feedback given in the support forums, and the WordPress team has given 2 best solutions for this until you solve the theme support for this new update.
The solution is for the WordPress 5.8 widgets issue, you can install the Classic Widgets plugin made by the WordPress.org “Contributors & Developers”
As of WP 5.8, block editor is enabled by default in widgets, you can disable this by using the filter below from the wp-config.php file.
add_filter( 'use_widgets_block_editor', '__return_false' );
You may see some forums suggesting solutions like to disable themes or downgrading WordPress version etc. with above solutions you don’t need to bother with that kind of tweaks and it could ended up with some more unexpected errors with other functionalities.
Free image search engine is coming to WordPress.org. Now you can integrate CC Search, a CC0 (Creative Commons Zero) with your WordPress.org website to use with over 500 million openly licensed and public domain images discoverable from over 50 sources, audios and videos.
From Matt Mullenweg’s blog,
“I am a long-time supporter of Creative Commons and their influential work on open content licenses, and when we heard they were considering shutting down their CC Search engine we immediately starting exploring ways we could keep it going. I am eager to give a new home to their open search product on WordPress.org in continued commitment to open source freedoms, and providing this community resource for decades to come. This is an important first step to provide a long-term, sustainable challenger to proprietary libraries like Unsplash.
Automattic has hired key members of the CC Search team and will sponsor their contributions as part of our Five for the Future commitment. I look forward to seeing the project grow and welcome them to the WordPress community! Will share in a few weeks when everything is live and running on the site”