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Some of my pages are children of "home". I want to assign them to a new page. But I cant change the pages parent. Everytime I try and publish, it just switches back to "home".

I am using the Roots-Theme, I don't know if that matters.

Edit: I even tried to erase "Home". The children of home are assigned to "Main" then (I could not change that either). As I recreated home, they were reassigned to it. Maybe its because of the WPML Multilanguage plugin?

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  • Please report after clearing browser's cache. And also let's know if you have any caching plugin enabled, that's active in your admin panel. Aug 13, 2013 at 13:59
  • Clearing cache made no difference. I'm not using a caching plugin. Aug 13, 2013 at 14:08
  • What about choosing "Main Page (no-parent)" for once and saving the page; then selecting your desired parent page and saving again? Does it work for you? Aug 13, 2013 at 14:17
  • No, I cant choose Main, Home is always the parent page. Aug 13, 2013 at 14:25
  • Would you please list some of your home pages, what you have in your theme: index.php, front-page.php, home.php, etc? Aug 13, 2013 at 15:33

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I was able to fix this problem only in phpMyAdmin.

Shortly: find the child page in the table 'wp_posts' and change the value of 'post_parent' to 0 (zero).

Step by step:

  1. Browse the table 'wp_posts', find the child page by title (post_title) or whatever else attribute. Be sure it isn't a revision (check it in 'post_status' column).
  2. Click the pen in the beginning of this row to edit and find the 'post_parent' row, currently 6th from bottom. It must have the parent page ID in the cell. Change the value to 0 (zero).
  3. Before clicking the 'Go' button in the bottom, be sure 'Save' is selected in the drop-down menu in the left. It should be by default.

Hope this helps.

It is possible this bug is caused by WPML Multilingual CMS plugin.

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Looks like this ia better solution: http://wpml.org/forums/topic/cannot-change-the-parent-page-since-wpml-2-7/

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