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  • WordPress theme = Blueberry 2.0.3 by Adam Hunter

    I am unable to view my sidebar in posts when accessing posts via their relevant URLs []. I see no sidebar at all. No images – no text – no links – just a plain white column. (The main post column is normal).

    Strangely – this applies to all posts after the first one (date order) The 1st post [] DOES display the sidebar. The 1st post also acts as the home page. Posts #2 onwards do not display the sidebar.

    However – the sidebar is visible on ALL posts when viewed from within WP Admin area.

    All pages have their sidebar visible at all times – both from within admin and via their URLs – so no problem there. It’s just the posts from #2 onwards.

    Does anybody have any help they might offer to resolve this issue please?

    Any thoughts gratefully received.

    Kind regards

    Bill Smith

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  • Michael


    Forum Moderator

    look at index.php of your theme (which shows the latest post and the sidebar) and find the line <?php get_sidebar(); ?> or something very similar. then compare it with single.php (which shows individual post, and no sidebar) and copy the sidebar code into the corresponding place.

    Alchymyth – thanks very much for your response.

    Tried that in several differentways – but it just seemed to throw everything all over the post – bit like a car crash.

    Anyway – I have now restored things to exactly how they were before.

    It seems (to my uneducated eye) that there is a ‘what-if’ instruction in ‘single.php’ that refers to ‘blueberry_sidebar’.

    Here is the code from single.php


    <?php get_header(); ?>

    <div id=”content” class=”<?php blueberry_sidebar(); ?>”>

    <?php if ( have_posts() ) { while ( have_posts() ) { the_post(); ?>

    <div class=”navigation”>
    <div class=”alignleft”><?php previous_post_link(‘« %link’) ?></div>
    <div class=”alignright”><?php next_post_link(‘%link »’) ?></div>
    <div class=”post” id=”post-<?php the_ID(); ?>”>
    <h2><?php the_title(); ?></h2>
    <div class=”entry”>
    the_content(‘<p>Continue reading ‘ . the_title(”, ”, false) . ‘ »</p>’);
    array(‘before’ => ‘<p>Pages: ‘,
    ‘after’ => ‘</p>’,
    ‘next_or_number’ => ‘number’
    </div><!– .entry –>
    <p class=”postmeta center”>
    ” title=”<?php the_title(); ?>” rel=”bookmark”>
    <?php the_title(); ?>
    was posted on <?php the_time(‘l, F jS, Y’) ?> at <?php the_time() ?>.
    This post is tagged <?php the_tags(”, ‘, ‘, ”); ?> and is filed under <?php the_category(‘, ‘); ?>.
    You can follow the replies through the <?php post_comments_feed_link(‘comments feed’); ?>.
    <?php blueberry_response(); ?>
    </div><!– .post #post-<?php the_ID(); ?> –>

    <?php } } else { ?>

    <h2 class=”center”>Not Found</h2>
    <p class=”center”>Sorry, but you are looking for something that isn’t here.</p>

    <?php } ?>

    <?php if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>

    <?php comments_template(); ?>

    <?php endwhile; else: ?>

    <p>Sorry, no posts matched your criteria.</p>

    <?php endif; ?>

    <?php if ( get_option(‘blueberry_sidebar’) ) { get_sidebar(); } ?>
    <?php get_footer(); ?>


    Does this make a course of action any clearer ??

    Many thanks for your help – it’s much appreciated.

    Kind regards

    Bill Smith



    Forum Moderator

    optimal – that means you can set the sidebar from:
    admin dashbord -> appearance -> Blueberry options -> then in the top bar it should say ‘enable post sidebar’

    no programming needed 😉

    Hi Alchymyth

    Thanks for sticking with this one !

    I did as you described – however – when I got to Blueberry Options the sidebar was already enabled. I disabled it – and the sidebar was gone altogether.

    I then enabled it again – and the sidebar returned – but was empty as before.

    The plot thickens.

    Now I wish I had studied php sometime . . . !

    Is there anything else I can check – or should I be thinking about abandoning ship and go find another theme and redo the whole presentation ?

    It would be a shame as I really liked the simplicity of this theme.

    Kind regards

    Bill Smith

    And another quick point on this same subject . . .

    You see an empty sidebar from the URL:

    But if you view the same page from the archives (which isn’t where people are naturally going to find it):

    the sidebar is populated.

    Is there any way to make the URL do the same as the archives ??

    Many thanks – again.

    Bill Smith



    Forum Moderator

    a way to do this:

    enable the sidebar from the admin;

    and edit single.php (i.e. remove the conditional stuff) – the last few lines should then look like this:

    <?php endif; ?>
    <?php  get_sidebar();  ?>
    <?php get_footer(); ?>

    hope this works 😉

    Thanks for sticking with this . . . you’ve cracked it !!

    It’s all working beautifully now.

    I have stopped tearing my hair out and hopefully some will grow back in time for Christmas so I can face my relatives.

    Thanks a million . . .

    Kind regards

    Bill Smith

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