The Mystery of the WordPress Missing Tool bar Solved!

WordPress can be a blessing and a curse. Especially for someone who is new to WordPress it can scare the bejeezus out of you when things go wrong.

Things like… the EEEeek White screen of death (we’ll cover this in another post soon)

You notice when you log into your site you navigate to any of the pages and you discover that the top toolbar is missing. It was there yesterday but for some reason, it has mysteriously disappeared.

The image below left side of the image displays what you should see on your pages after you are logged in.

The first thing you want to do is get to your dashboard. In most cases, you will have to use your default  /wp-admin or whatever you WordPress “door” is

Once you are in, go to >> Users

Check to see if under TOOLBAR (See image below) — the check box next to it is selected. If it’s not, make sure to check it off and scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “update profile.”

Then, go back to your site’s root and see if your toolbar returns. If not you might be logged in under a different user so check the other user settings as well.

If this option does not make the missing toolbar re-appear, there’s a chance that some code is missing from you footer.php file.

First Make a full site backup before messing with any code. If you are unfamiliar with site backups check out a tool like managewp.com to take a full backup of your WordPress site.

Check your footer.php either through an ftp editor like sublime text or through the WordPress editor section to see if you have a piece of code that looks like this towards the end just before the closing </body> tag. If it’s no there add it and save the file

<?php wp_footer(); ?>

Make sure to keep the file open in case something wonky happens to the site you can undo your changes and save your file.

If this doesn’t fix the problem, you might have to do some advanced troubleshooting to help fix the problem.


Cheryl is an award-winning designer that assists companies get to the next level through marketing design for print, digital and web. She can be found at http://www.forziatidesign.com


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