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Opened 6 years ago

Closed 5 years ago

#43211 closed defect (bug) (wontfix)

Large number of widgets freezes the browser and makes widget admin unusable

Reported by: programmin's profile programmin Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 4.8.3
Component: Widgets Keywords:
Focuses: ui, performance Cc:


Having a large number of widgets can freeze the browser for minutes while loading, and crashes Firefox when viewing source. On a site with a little more than 500 widgets (mostly text widgets!) it can be completely unresponsive for some time loading wp-admin/widgets.php

Tested in Firefox and Chrome beta.

Change History (3)

This ticket was mentioned in Slack in #accessibility by afercia. View the logs.

6 years ago

#2 @afercia
6 years ago

  • Focuses performance added; accessibility removed

Removing the accessibility focus as it's more related to performance than universal access and WCAG.

#3 @audrasjb
5 years ago

  • Milestone Awaiting Review deleted
  • Resolution set to wontfix
  • Status changed from new to closed


If you have 500+ Text Widgets –which is huge!– I'd say your best bet is to handle that with a custom post type and to add them dynamically to your Widget areas. I'm closing the ticket as wontfix for now but feel free to reopen it if needed. I believe that the issue does not depends on WordPress Core but mostly on your website architecture.

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