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[resolved] How to get widgets/menu to appear on other pages, NOT JUST blog page (10 posts)

  1. Tammie Earl
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hello I'm currently trying to set up replicable cub scout web pages where people with no html experience can run a wordpress driven website. They do not need a blog, they need a website so I will make a static front page. However I want the widgets to appear on the left sidebar on all pages, not just the blog page. Currently the widgets do not appear on the other pages. How can I adjust this? Do I need a premium wordpress theme? If so, which one?

  2. s_ha_dum
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    What is your theme? It really shouldn't be difficult. There should be a function call in, probably, the theme's index.php to dynamic_sidebar(...). That will need to be moved or you will need to create another dynamic sidebar.

  3. Tammie Earl
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    s, I'm using twenty eleven. so I go to index.php then what?

  4. s_ha_dum
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I took a look at that theme's source. Twenty Eleven does not use get_sidebar() on pages. Add that to page.php (you can copy from index.php) just above get_footer() and you should see the sidebar. I don't know what kind of layout issues you will have though.

    So my conscience is clear...

    You really shouldn't be editing a theme that isn't yours, especially a WordPress default theme. It will be overwritten next time you update, unless you take care to prevent it. Make a child theme or fork an open source one and use a new name.

  5. Tammie Earl
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks S! Yes I think I'm going to copy everything once I'm happy with it and re-name it. I'm not making huge changes, and somewhere on ONE of the pages of the site I'm going to house a link back to wordpress to give credit where credit is due. Thanks for the warning, I do truly appreciate it.

    Let me see if this works. Do you know another theme that's better suited to my needs off the top of your head? I'm even considering paying for a premium theme but there's just so MANY, I don't know how to CHOOSE.

  6. s_ha_dum
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Yes I think I'm going to copy everything once I'm happy with it and re-name it.

    Just don't delete the comments that indicate other people's work.

    Do you know another theme that's better suited to my needs off the top of your head?

    ... no idea what your needs are.

    I'm even considering paying for a premium theme but there's just so MANY, I don't know how to CHOOSE.

    There are a lot of very buggy commercial themes out there. Be careful. There is a list somewhere on this site of recommended vendors, but I don't know the URL. Find that and stick to those vendors, if you decide to buy.

  7. Tammie Earl
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I understand your concern about deleting links of op work ... It's not deleted, just moving to a page. I plan to have an entire page dedicated to directing these users how to get the most from wordpress with links back to wordpress and the theme(s) I use. But I don't want the link in the footer. Thanks for the warning about the buggy themes, there's so many I don't know where to start. And honestly I figured if I use the default theme it's probably pretty bug-free. Until I screw it up, of course! lol

  8. Tammie Earl
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Wow S, that WORKED! And was so darn easy. But now I have the issue of like you said, there's some layout issues that I need to fix. Do you have any ideas for me? Anyone else? http://www.scoutsonline.org/pack790 Not only am I having issues with the layout but the links for the side menu are not working.

  9. alchymyth
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    many users of Twenty Eleven use the plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/twenty-eleven-theme-extensions/ to help with the sidebar problem;

    if you rather hard-code the changes in your child theme, you could read my article and take the necessary coding from there.

  10. Tammie Earl
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Wow Alchymyth, thank you, this plug-in looks like exactly what I need. I will report back when it works, going NOW! THANKS!!!

    Holey toledo, that's a GREAT PLUGIN! THANK YOU, it works PERFECTLY.

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