Plugins and Extensions
WordPress is a great platform because of its simplicity. Out of the box, WordPress is fast and stable. Therefore, it can be managed and used to set up a website, or an online shop with WooCommerce, even when you do not have extensive technical knowledge about how a website works.
There are over 40,000 plugins in the official WordPress repository, and each lets you extend the functionality of WordPress. Plus there is a vast number of premium plugins. Installing a WordPress plugin happens in a matter of seconds, but the risk of incompatibility steadily rises as you add more features and also use an advanced theme to control your website’s layout.
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- Information not being displayed
- Forms that stop operating
- Save buttons not working
- Inability to navigate backend panels or collapse/expand them
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If you experience one the above-mentioned issues or have a plugin that is not working as it should, or your front-end shows similar errors, then there is likely a conflict on your site. In my years of WordPress support, I have found the following to be helpful. It may help you, as well.
- Install https://wordpress.org/plugins/theme-test-drive/
- Install https://wordpress.org/plugins/plugin-organizer/
The plugin organizer allows you deactivate plugins on a per-page basis, making it possible to deactivate plugins on your issue page (i.e. checkout), while leaving the rest of your site untouched. Once installed and activated:
- Go to your plugin organizer settings and enable ‘selective plugin loading’ + ‘selective admin plugin loading’
- When using WooCommerce or Custom Post Types, check the respective boxes under ‘Custom Post Type Support’ for ‘products’ and your custom post type
You can now disable plugins on a per-page basis, and use this to selectively disable plugins on issue pages. For more information, refer to the plugin FAQ page and dig deeper by playing around with the plugin.
If this does not help, then you can combine ‘plugin organizer‘ with ‘theme test drive.’ The theme test drive plugin allows you to activate a theme for admins only, which means you can activate another theme without customers noticing and without your site’s layout being permanently impacted.
For testing purposes, we recommend our free Storefront theme:
- Install https://wordpress.org/themes/storefront
- Try activating it using the theme test drive plugin
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The order in which you apply these methods does not matter. If you suspect your theme is the reason behind the issue, then go with ‘theme test drive’ first.
I hope this helps in troubleshooting pesky conflicts in your WordPress installation.