Apr 24

There is a bug in WordPress v2.1.3 and a few prior versions that may prevent you from adding categories to your WordPress blog. 

When you attempt to add a category, the error message “You do not have permission to do that” will appear in a pink box.

To solve this problem in Internet Explorer 7 (IE7):

  1. Click the IE7 “Tools” button, then select the “Internet Options” menu item.
  2. Go to the “Security” tab.
  3. Ensure the “Internet” zone is selected.
  4. Click the “Custom Level” button.  The “Security Settings – Internet Zone” dialog will appear.
  5. Scroll down the options until you find the “Scripting” section.
  6. Under “Active Scripting”, select the “Disable” option.
  7. Click the “OK” button.  The “Security Settings – Internet Zone” dialog will close.
  8. In the “Internet Options” dialog, click the “OK” button.
  9. Press Ctrl+F5 to force refresh the current web page or open a new browser window.

IMPORTANT:  Remember to reset the “Active Scripting” option back to “Enable” when you are finished adding WordPress categories, otherwise you will find that many other web pages will break!

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Article published on April 24, 2007

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4 Responses to “WordPress “Add Category” Bug”

  1. chowhound Says:

    Great article I have been trying to figure this out for days. Based on your info I have found that the bug is bigger than this, Add Category seems to be just one manifestation.

    For my part I couldn’t add/delete users, delete posts or
    delete categories either and gosh knows what else.

    Based on your IE workaround I managed the same thing with Firefox by disabling javascript.

    To disable JS in Firefox-

    Select Tools menu item

    Select options from drop down

    Select content tab

    uncheck ‘enable javascript’

  2. aspigoalali Says:

    I am here at a forum newcomer. Until I read and deal with the forum.
    Let’s learn!

  3. Catherine Says:

    Hello I found this blog by Google; it’s by this post I found my answer for what I was looking for. Thanks for the great post looking for more quality post.

  4. Subhash Says:

    Thanks a lot. It worked for me like a charm.

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