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I have the following code on line 315 and 316 of my theme file customizer.php For some reason I get error in my error_log file in the root of the installation. Everything seems to work fine though.

 $wp_customize->get_panel('widgets')->title = __( 'Widgets' );
 $wp_customize->get_panel('widgets')->priority = 4;

This is the error:

PHP Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /wp-content/themes/theme/inc/customizer.php on line 315 PHP Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /wp-content/themes/theme/inc/customizer.php on line 316

What is wrong with the above code?

  • This is a debug message caused by PHP 5.4 on your server and does not indicate a functionality problem with the customizer in most cases. By default, PHP has this set to 0 for production servers on most hosts (your host should have PHP debugging turned OFF) – vikrant zilpe Jan 3 at 14:18
  • So there is no error here? I can turn off debugging to not fill up the error_log file? – joq3 Jan 3 at 14:19
  • @vikrantzilpe according to this: codex.wordpress.org/Debugging_in_WordPress WP_DEBUG_LOG does nothing if WP_DEBUG is set to false? – joq3 Jan 3 at 14:24
  • So why do I need to set WP_DEBUG_LOG to true? I already have WP_DEBUG set to false. – joq3 Jan 3 at 14:27
  • Let us continue this discussion in chat. – vikrant zilpe Jan 3 at 14:30
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This is the solution, it seems like it returned an array before:

$widgets_section = (object) $wp_customize->get_panel( 'widgets' );
$widgets_section->title = __( 'Widgets' );
$widgets_section->priority = 4;

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