Following a bunch of seemingly harmless plugin updates, I suddenly have a weird bug. All of the links in my #content section are now unclickable, although the links in my sidebar, header, footer, etc. remain all fine. Usually this would imply a CSS z-index bug is overlaying the #content area somehow, but I hadn't changed any CSS.

Here's an example: https://www.reclaimtherecords.org/faq/

Note how the links in the main article are unclickable, but the sidebar links to other pages are fine?

I'm using a slightly-modified child theme, of the Themify Landing theme.

I'm stumped -- help!

  • Links are clickable for me on that page on Windows 7 with Chrome.
    – Eckstein
    May 6, 2016 at 1:27
  • On a Mac running OSX El Capitan 10.11.4, they're not clickable in the #content area on a Mac using Chrome 50.0.2661.86 (64-bit), nor on Firefox 44.02.
    – Asparagirl
    May 6, 2016 at 1:32

1 Answer 1


That's easy. You have the following CSS rule:

.module-image a, 
.module-gallery a, 
.themify_lightboxed_images .post a, 
.themify_lightboxed_images .type-page a, 
.themify_lightboxed_images .type-highlight a, 
.themify_lightboxed_images .type-slider a {

    pointer-events: none;  
    cursor: default;

This rule applies because body has a class themify_lightboxed_images.

pointer-events: none; is the last thing you want on your links. This basically means that the element doesn't exist to cursors and you can click right through it..

If you want to enforce your own rules without changing any theme's styles or add CSS classes to all your links, add the following CSS rule:

a {
   pointer-events: auto !important;  
   cursor: pointer !important;

You should generally avoid !important but it will do as a temporary fix. It will overwrite all your links. I suggest to find a better solution as soon as possible.

Just a tip: this is purely a CSS question and should be asked in SO. I hope you know better next time.

  • THANK YOU! My parent theme, Themify Landing, seems to have been the culprit, by adding the themify_lightbox class to everything indiscriminately.
    – Asparagirl
    May 6, 2016 at 17:45

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