Is there a way to create a widgeted global sidebar that will show up on all child sites?
There is only one child theme on my site and I have it set up so that a global sidebar appears and I can add html to it, but if I try to add in widget functions, they don’t display.
Is it possible to make a global sidebar with widgets or will it all have to be hard-coded?
Hard coded would actually be the best way around it, as cross-site traffic can get expensive (CPU wise)
What about pulling in something like the most recent posts from across the site? Is that doable?
There’s a plugin for that – Diamond Multisite Widgets. It uses caching to make magic happen with less drama on the CPU 🙂
I tried that but it breaks my theme. Here is my sidebar code:
<div id="sidebar-alt" class="sidebar widget-area"> <div id="text-4" class="widget widget_text"> <div class="widget-wrap"> <div class="textwidget"> <img src="/images/advertise.jpg" alt="Advertise Here" /> <img src="/images/advertise.jpg" alt="Advertise Here" /> </div> </div> </div> <?php DiamondRP(); ?> </div>
If I remove the DiamondRP code, the theme renders fine. When I put it back in, I lose my buddypress menu bar and my footer. Any suggestions?
Can’t you echo the shortcode in your template?
<?php echo do_shortcode('[shortcode option1="value1" option2="value2"]'); ?>
It literally just puts [shortcode option1=”value1″ option2=”value2″] on the screen. Just echoes the text.
Ok – duh – I didn’t even read it. If I use the PROPER shortcode for the widget I get the right output. 😀
Now my issue is that the custom widget I need to display there doesn’t have shortcode. Guess I will have build that into the plugin in order for it to work in my global sidebar.
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