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Tiga 1.0.2 widget fix for WordPress 2.2

This website utilizes the wonderful Tiga 1.0.2 theme, which works great under WordPress 2.1.3. However, when I upgraded the site to WordPress 2.2 (which now has built-in widget functionality), it quickly became clear that the widget functionality was not working properly under the Tiga 1.0.2 theme. Although you can set up your widgets, Tiga 1.0.2 doesn’t realize you’ve changed from the default, and always uses the default set of widgets instead.

After mucking through a bunch of css and php code, I was able to fix the issue. Since Tiga is one of the more popular themes out there, I’m making this solution publicly available.

Download the Tiga 1.0.2 widget fix for WordPress 2.2 *(see note at bottom of post).

Installation is easy. Just copy the sidebar.php file over the existing one in your tiga-06 theme folder.

Happy blogging.

Edit: General WordPress/Tiga questions not specifically related to this fix are best posted in the forum, where I am more likely to see them. I am happy to try and answer any questions you may have.

* Important note: I just released a patch for the Tiga theme under WordPress 2.3. It should be backwards compatible with 2.2 as well.


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31 comments to Tiga 1.0.2 widget fix for WordPress 2.2

  • Thanks for that tip and fix Alex.

    I thought I was losing my mind for a while there. This is only the second blog I’ve ever configured and wasn’t sure if I was making a mistake or not.

    Thanks again for returning my sanity and saving me countless hour and cigarettes.

  • Hey, thanks for the widget fix man, I appreciate it.

    How did you get permalinks to work with Tiga?? It breaks the website/theme whenever I try to use them.

  • I didn’t have any trouble with permalinks at all. I switched them and they worked out of the box. I am not sure why they would not be working for you (unless your host doesn’t support apache’s mod_rewrite module — see Using Permalinks)

  • Thanks for the fix! Don’t know if you’ve noticed, but even the author hasn’t bothered to fix his theme… his site is basically unreadable and has been for some time.

  • Kathleen

    I probably would have abandoned the theme except for your fix. Thanks!!

  • I’m back because I posted this question on the support forum, and I’m not getting any response. Since you all are using the Tiga theme, I thought maybe someone here would have a minute to help me out.

    I’m having a problem getting the updates I make to the style.css file to show up. For example, I can’t change the color of the links, the font used in the posts, and I can’t even find what controls the background color for the hover on the menu bar.

    I don’t know if it’s a Tiga thing – I wasn’t successful using the configurator, so updated the css file, and the changes show in the Theme Editor, but not on the page – or if it’s because I am using version 2.2.1 – or because I’m not that technically savvy…

    Any help would be appreciated!

  • Kathleen, the Tiga theme seems to largely ignore the style.css (I’m not even sure why it exists!). The theme instead uses settings from style.php. Just make your changes in style.php and they will show up as expected.

  • Alex,

    You’re a life saver! I thought I was losing my reason. Thank you so much for the tip – it’s working! As you knew it would.

    How odd – I know I’m not a tech wizard, but I’ve never heard of a style.php. I saw a reference to the style.php in the documentation but didn’t understand the point.

    Thanks again.

  • I am so lost, my Tiga is a mess. Any idea what might be wrong? Thanks! Monty

  • Sorry for jumping the gun, got it fixed. My Themes directory had one too many levels.

    Thanks, Monty

  • Glad you got it figured out Monty.

    If you (or anybody else) has any general Tiga-related questions, I’d be happy to try to answer them on my forum, where I am more likely to see them.

  • [...] Check on your theme compatibility. Not all themes are compatible with updated versions of your blog software. Check to see if your theme is WordPress 2.2.1 compatible. Much of your design work on your theme could be ruined if you don’t check on what other users have experienced. By doing this I learned my theme was not compatible without a fix developed by another user. Thanks, Alex! [...]

  • Thanks so much. I started the evening with the intention of finding a new theme…then I discovered your site.

    Jim

  • Alex, Thanks for the fix for Tiga Its working great now. Also I just found your site and I’m recommending to all my friends, thanks again for all your helpful info.

  • THANK YOU SO MUCH!
    I couldn’t figure out what was wrong and the forums at WP are useless these days. I found this fix while browsing the themes page at the wordpress theme viewer and bingo!

    Thank you so much!
    c

  • [...] Check on your theme compatibility. Not all themes are compatible with updated versions of your blog software. Check to see if your theme is WordPress 2.2.1 compatible. Much of your design work on your theme could be ruined if you don?t check on what other users have experienced. By doing this I learned my theme was not compatible without a fix developed by another user. Thanks, Alex! [...]

  • Another “THANK YOU!!!” for this fix. You saved the day. :)

  • Thanks very much. Your patch works fine with the new release of wordpress 2,3 and tiga 1.0.2
    Thanks Alex

  • db cooper

    Hi, I installed the Tiga theme, I like it alot, but at the lower-left side of the page, I get the following error:

    WordPress database error: [Table 'db218710388.wp_categories' doesn't exist]
    SELECT cat_id, cat_name FROM wp_categories WHERE link_count > 0

    How can I fix this problem?

  • db cooper, that’s a common error being seen a lot by people running WordPress 2.3 with themes or plugins designed for older version of WordPress. My advice is to install the upgrade preflight plugin and upgrade any of your plugins that may not be compatible with WordPress 2.3.

    Edit: I note that Tiga has this problem under 2.3 in the blogroll. I’ll take a look at it and see if I can fix it.

  • I just released a patch for the Tiga theme under WordPress 2.3.

    It should be backwards compatible with 2.2 as well.

  • You were a lifesaver! Thank you for providing this patch!

  • I am SOOOOOO greatful for stumbling upon this site. I have been using the Tiga 1.01 theme for my blog about the island of Nevis http://www.nevisblog.com for about 2 years now. I kept going back to Shamzular (sp?) site but never found anything new. This site helped my solve at least one of my problems, the style.css and the style.php debaucle. I thought I was losing all of my marbles changing stuff in the style.css file with no luck at all.

    Now I hope I can figure out how to add the Configurable Tag Cloud v4.5 plugin in my widgets category, which has never worked. I have always had to add manually.

    Thanks to all here for the great tips and help!

  • I’m glad I found this blog. I was frustrated with Tiga not accepting widgets. I’ve used it for more than a year now, and I switched to WordPress MU. Your fix worked perfectly.

    I don’t know about the css file though, because I’ve never had any problems with it. I edit the file and my changes show up. Now I’m wondering what results I’ll get when I edit the style.php. Inquiring minds want to know.

  • Very cool comment editor time clock. How did you do that?

  • Curt

    I have Tiga Theme 06 for some reason; my widgets don’t work at all.
    Can some one help me, I had to edit everything in the code becasue i could not get the widgets to work.
    I’m trying to add RSs. Need help with getting Widgets to work

  • Curt

    Hello Just upload the patch I have 2.5 wordpress..and nothing is working .. can someone please help me!

  • Joy

    So, please pardon my ignorance here, but can you help me understand how we got from “Structure of a Program” (previous lesson) to “widgets” (this lesson) to “Comments” (next lesson). Does widgets have anything to do with C++ or was it just an aside? Ya lost me here :)

    Thanks so much!

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