WordPress 3.5 Issue – Add New Post Toolbar

I upgraded to WordPress 3.5 and some plugins last night. The automatic install went smoothly as always, but dammit! something went wrong.


  • “Add New Post” won’t switch from Text to Visual
  • Quicktags toolbar was blank or missing
  • “Add Media” popped up a red box alerting me that the WP 3.5 media uploader was New and Improved. meh. After I dismissed the popup Add New Post had the toolbar just one time.
missing quicktag toolbar

Missing toolbar in WordPress 3.5.

When the going gets tough, the tough take a nap.

It turned out that the tagaroo plugin wasn’t playing nice with WordPress. I suspect it’s due to the new WP code for Add Media.

If you have this problem here’s what to do:

  1. Try the Twenty-Twelve theme.
  2. Deactivate all plugins.
  3. Activate plugins one at a time, checking “Add New Post” after each activation.
  4. If that plugin doesn’t break WordPress repeat with the next plugin.
  5. If that plugin breaks WordPress:
    • Contact the plugin author. Be sure to include version numbers of WP and the plugin.
    • Contact WordPress. There may be other plugins with the same problem.
    • Tweet it!
    • Deactivate the plugin, leave it deactivated (for now) and continue checking plugins.

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