my blog has changed…..

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    I logged on and many of my widgets are gone. The categories are gone. The divisions of my links are gone. My header looks different. What hAPPENED? Someone changed my blog and I don’t know how to change it back and support is on vacation or something for a week…….. I am not technical at all and have no clue what is going on……help.

    The blog I need help with is:



    Exactly the same thing has happened to me. I’ve now got “tags” which I never had before and all my widgets have gone.


    The top drop down menu of mine has changed order (the one with stats etc in) and looks a bit different, but still have the widgets and other features, very odd.


    I think part of the problem here is that WP assume that everyone knows what this CSS and Coraline thing is. I haven’t a clue what they are talking about and would really welcome some explanation in plain English. Not everyone that runs a blog is a computer programmer or IT expert and I myself have basically learnt on the job without any prior knowledge. I assume there is still a lot I don’t know how to do. I wish they would explain things in a normal way sometimes. Apart from that I think the WP service is excellent.



    Coraline: can’yt tell you how much I resent having my blog (mission critical for me: it’s what I **DO**) changed without any consultation or notice.

    Now looking for a better provider than


    Hi, everybody. We’re sorry if you’ve experienced any interruptions with your blog layout. You can read more about the switch from Cutline to Coraline here and here. Custom CSS users were notified in advance that Cutline would be replaced with Coraline and we’ve been working with them since that announcement to make sure the transition between themes is as smooth as possible.

    If any Sidebar Widgets disappeared after the theme switch they should be available at Appearance → Widgets in the Inactive Widgets pane. If they’re not, or if you need help setting up any of your widgets again, let us know and we’ll do what we can to help you out.

    Let us know if you run into other issues. We’re happy to help.



    The big issue, themeshaper, is that Coraline is a vastly inferior theme. Losing widgets is bad enough, but permanently having my look-and-feel reduced to this? Not acceptable. Like I drive a BMW and suddenly you put me in a Hyundai.

    So if you no longer offer cutline, who does? (And if I do move, can I have the $10 back that I just paid a couple of days ago for another year of DNS redirection?)




    Soys unos kbronazos!!! Esto es una puta cagada… deberían colgaros de las pelotas. ¿A quien se le ocurre joder el trabajo de todos aquellos que usaban el tema Cutline? Además que el nuevo tema Coraline es una mierda en comparación con el anterior, la letra de los posts se ve muy pequeña y el estar centrado al centro todo lo hace visualmente horrible!!! QUE NOS DEVUELVAN A TODOS A LA NORMALIDAD!!!



    ¡Si! “El nuevo tema Coraline es una mierda en comparación con el anterior”..

    I would have to agree.

    WordPress, if we cannot have Cutline back, surely you can get the new theme to look less amateurish and more professional? There’s really no comparison: Cutline was professional; Coraline seems to have been designed by a kid with no design sense.


    I have to agree with mvwphoto there. This is really unacceptable. I started my day this morning with double-high-priority emails from my boss wondering what the hell happened to our company blog. Neither one of us can find any emails from WordPress with advance notification about this in any of the email accounts that we use for the blog. And now I’ll be spending most of my day rewriting CSS instead of billing clients. Awesome.

    Really not okay. We are probably going to look for other blog solutions, after I do something about this massive disaster.



    Yes, agreed. Unless they see what they have done and reinstitute Cutline, I am aready looking for alternatives.

    Anyone, suggestions? (I have to move 1,000 posts and 1,000 images, too, to whatever solution I find outside


    I take back my earlier statement about not being notified – I did find the one single, solitary email from last Thursday. But c’mon, really????? One email, two business days ahead of time? What about some sort of alert on the blog itself, like they do when they want your money because your custom CSS is about to expire?

    A single email less than a week ahead about an issue that will require time-consuming resolution just isn’t okay.


    (And, obviously, a WHOLE lot of other people also did not see that email, judging by the number of forums and posts about peoples’ screwed-up blogs.)



    No email here.






    i created the blog for a course are i teach and now with “coraline” all of my links and entire sidebar is gone! class starts in 2 weeks, what do i do?????


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    You should find your widgets in the un-used widgets pane. Appearance –> Widgets.
    If you have trouble with drag and drop, go to “screen options” and “Enable accessibility mode”

    This post shows the ways sidebars can be configured:



    I think it is a big mistake to underestimate the aggravation that the Coraline switch has caused to bloggers who are particular about what they put out there. The garishly yellow sticky feature is, without a doubt, an eternal affront to the senses. Ditto the fatter picture and avatar borders. As someone has already pointed out, they detract so much from the images they frame it’s not funny.

    Tthe people who gravitate towards Cutline don’t do so on a whim. My surmise is that people who chose Cutline were people who had a professional bent. They would probably not touch some of the less-than-professional themes, let alone some of the other “garish” fare you offer. I think messing with this demographic’s work, advertently or inadvertently, is really a big mistake.

    What this experience has taught me is to watch my content closely with a view towards migrating some or all of it whenever a situation like this calls for it.

    I deeply empathize with “Mvwphoto” and what he is going through. For websites that have a text and multi-media bent, Cutline has few equals – in the quasi-pro department, that is.

    The guy who, characterized the backlash against the Coraline as unwarranted drama by “drama queens” in this thread:

    is so out of touch with reality outside his peripheral vision it’s not funny. I hope that WordPress staff do not feel that way behind a possible PR facade they are putting on here.

    I certainly hope you bring Cutline back in some guise. Either that or you tweak Coraline to a point where it has the same spit and polish that Cutline had – which means deep-sixing that vomit yellow sticky for starters. Ditto the bloated frames around pictures and avatars. The tag cloud font sizes are wack, but they can be resized by tweaking the upper size percentages from 375% to like 175% max.

    And while you are at it, the default setting should be set to not strip widgets when you or anyone else switches from from Cutline to Coraline. How on earth did that make sense when the designer for Coraline was coding this theme? This was supposed to be a replacement, remember? Other themes have not been designed as Cutline replacement don’t do that.



    Have your read the sticky post at the head of the forum. I’m asking because I’m concerned that you may have specific issues with the theme that you may not yet have sorted. If that’s the case then here’s the link for you.



    “the people who gravitate towards Cutline don’t do so on a whim. My surmise is that people who chose Cutline were people who had a professional bent.”

    Darthmooga: spot on. And to have this taken away by some kid who is having a hissy fit and who does not live in the real world is just not acceptable. Making your own “ego” issues affect others is not just thoughtless: it is *mean*.

    I have moved my blog to a hosted solution, but after a day I am only part done. I’ll never be back here (now I get the advert revenue, not WordPress). But I am not happy about this.

    I feel like a fool for having trusted this “Matt” kid. Never again.

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