I would like to remove the archives and meta section that is on the right hand side of my home page. I am using the twenty eleven theme. Someone suggested in another forum to change the layout under ‘theme options’to one single column which does remove the archives and meta section but it also shrinks the whole page and the header becomes very small. Is there another way to remove them?
I found this YouTube video titled “WordPress Widgets: What They Are & How to Use Them” that may help you in understanding widgets: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUYJ27uuEeg
(Note: I neither created the video, nor did I get a chance to watch it yet)
Many themes add widgets by default because an empty space along the side(s) of a page is not what the theme author intended. Placing an empty text widget into a sidebar does not necessarily create an empty space for some themes because the empty elements show up on the page too, but that varies from theme-to-theme.
If you do not want the archives and the meta section, put in the widgets that you do want from the Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets and you should be good to go.