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Widgetize anything

  1. motarile
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    I think a good idea will be to use widgets not only in sidebar, also designing main content, pages, etc.

    It will be nice a new layout system where you drag&drop the diferents elements in the main page, or when it's a single page. You drag the widget of post content, post cronodata, post metadata, post comments, post social, etc.

    A minimun number of widgets will be provided by WordPress, with the hope that in a future those nice people which developes widgets for wordpress, it creates a lots of choices for people like me, with a basic skill.

    And why not! widgets for the header, and the footer, and , everything your mind could get.

    I hope YOU like this idea.

    Ptons.

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  2. Justin Tadlock
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    We can already widgetize anything. What you should be voting on is the idea to deprecate get_sidebar and sidebar.

    It's the function names that confuse people.

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  3. migol
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    But the standard setup doesn't give widgets for all places. In a pure WordPress instalation, out-of-box, there is no footer container and there is no footer widget.

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  4. Justin Tadlock
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    Shouldn't we be asking for the Default theme to come packaged with a footer widget section then as opposed to some new widget option?

    Where you can put widgets depends entirely upon your theme.

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  5. 14words
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    I agree greenshady, If you want widgets in a certain place then either find the theme to suit you or build one. Adding widgets to the Default theme's header and footer might be a nice bonus also.

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  6. ClickyB
    Member

    I think motarile's idea is a good one.

    With the many different plug-ins available nowadays there are so many widgets which are useful, but - even using a theme with multiple sidebars (3+) like I do - the number of widgets can make the sidebars over-stuffed and very difficult to navigate, (as well as "forcing" me to have over-long pages)!

    IMHO it would be nice to be able to create a page - for instance "archives" and then remove all archive widgets from my sidebars and - instead add them to the "archives" page...
    That would "de-clog" the sidebars but still allow access to the archives through the single "page" link.

    Of course I could create such a page and add direct links to my archives in there, but I would have to manually add a link each month to the "new" archive created for last month... whereas using widgets in there would mean that these updates are automatic.

    Similarly I could "group" widgets related to contributors, commenters, post authors etc etc onto another page, thus removing them from the sidebars; in fact - this idea would also allow me to take advantage of some more of the excellent widgets available for wordpress.

    I expect that many could create themes to do this, or could add this functionality to their existing theme, but for those of us who don't write/edit php, such a plug-in would be a much nicer solution.

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  7. Justin Tadlock
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    Just widgetize a page template then. It's as simple as that.

    I don't even see a plugin as a viable solution to "widgetize anything" because there's no way for a plugin to account for all of the possibilities within themes. There's also potential for a lot of conflict there between themes and plugins.

    This is really a thing that should be left to theme authors. What we really need to do is try to get those theme authors on board with some of this stuff. Of course, WordPress 2.5, which made a lot of this possible with the new widgets interface, hasn't been out that long.

    And, I suspect a lot of theme authors are a bit scared off from doing this as there's a large movement of people trying to get the old widget interface back, which is pretty much unusable if you have more than a few widget sections.

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  8. ClickyB
    Member

    Just widgetize a page template then. It's as simple as that.

    Maybe it is (for you)!

    I looked around and I couldn't get any documentation to explain this to me (or even to get me started)!

    How about you point me in the right direction?

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  9. Justin Tadlock
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    This isn't the place for support on these things. There's plenty of documentation on how to make widgetized areas. The reason there's not documentation on this specifically in the WP docs is because it's for basic usage, not creativity.

    WP Documentation:
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Pages
    http://automattic.com/code/widgets/
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Plugins/WordPress_Widgets
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Plugins/WordPress_Widgets_Api

    From my own blog:
    http://justintadlock.com/archives/2008/04/18/widgetize-this

    From WP Fun:
    http://www.wp-fun.co.uk/2007/10/23/doing-more-with-widgets-home-page-layout/

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  10. ClickyB
    Member

    Thanks a million greenshady, I'm very grateful (and mighty impressed - lol).

    I'm gonna go take a longer look (mostly at your blog post) and see if I can fix this up for myself...

    Thanks again for your time and assistance :D

    Posted: 6 years ago #

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