I am at my wit's end of how to work this out.
I originally created this design for my collective, and I'd like to implement a WordPress blog into it. I want the sidebar I originally created to remain intact and unedited save for the essentials (categories, archives, etc.)
I've read probably five tutorials and gone through them, but I have no idea how to work this out. I'd much rather not have sidebar.php in my code, but I know that if I take it out the categories, archives, etc. will be removed.
So I guess to sum up my post... what are the NECESSARY lines of code to make WordPress work? If possible, I'd like to retain as much of my original code and as least possible of all the WordPress PHP, if that makes any sense.