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  • Resolved jkf1



    So I just recently updated my php to 5.3 and I noticed an issue after it updated. I suddenly have this section

    Secondary Sidebar Widget Area

    This is the Secondary Sidebar Widget Area. You can add content to this area by visiting your Widgets Panel and adding new widgets to this area.

    at the bottom of every page. I would like to remove it, but it appears to be a theme issue. (We use a child theme of genesis) Last time I tried to mess with anything in the theme, my organizations site was down for a week. So I figured I would ask for help on this before trying to change anything in there as it is the part of our website I understand the least.

    Anyone have any advice for what I need to do to make this go away? The website is

    Thanks in advance!

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  • Moderator Steve Stern


    Support Team Volunteer

    Try dropping an empty text widget there.

    I assume whoever wrote the theme is testing to see if there are no widgets and displaying that message if that’s the case.

    The funny thing with this is that there is no “secondary sidebar” widget section for me to place a widget in. There is no secondary sidebar and I have no idea where it came from.

    Moderator Steve Stern


    Support Team Volunteer

    That’s very odd! What sidebar areas do you have under appearance->widgets? Maybe on called “Alternate Sidebar”?

    I have the primary sidebar. It has the about page sidebar, the navigation sidebar for the kemp forum section, and then our main sidebar. All of these are functioning normally.

    Then there is the interviews sidebar which has our oral history archive sidebar, also functioning normally. Those are the only sidebar categories in our widget section. The other widget sections are Home 1-3, Footer 1-4, Footer Nav, Copyright Text and Navigation Tooltip. All of these are functioning normally.

    Moderator Steve Stern


    Support Team Volunteer

    This may be a plugin or theme conflict. Please attempt to disable all plugins, and use one of the default (Twenty*) themes. If the problem goes away, enable them one by one to identify the source of your troubles.

    If it’s the theme,then you need to contact whoever wrote that theme for you. (It appears to be custom.)

    I just updated to WordPress 4.7.1 and I have a similar issue! When I added a blank text box, the secondary sidebar was still there, but just blank. I can’t get rid of the secondary sidebar from the widgets page.
    Can you guys please help me? My site is
    I am also using Genesis.
    Many thanks,

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 9 months ago by  jen2295.

    Ah, I updated EVERYTHING, cleared my cache and it looks okay! PHEWWW. Sorry for the false alarm. 🙂

    Moderator Steve Stern


    Support Team Volunteer

    Jen: in the future, please open a new thread for your issues rather than “me, too”ing. Thanks.

    I had this issue too when I updated WPress to 4.7.2. Dropping a text widget into the sidebar didn’t help although it was a good idea. The solution for me was to update Genesis, which fixed it completely.

    Thanks game writer (@scrybbler). This solved my issue with a couple Genesis themes after upgrading to WordPress 4.7.2.

    If using genesis, put the following in your functions.php:
    remove_action( ‘genesis_sidebar_alt’, ‘genesis_do_sidebar_alt’ );

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