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[resolved] Sidebar not the same everywhere (20 posts)

  1. SickSquirrel
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    On the main page my sidebar has Categories, Archives, Links, Meta, etc. but if you go to an archived date or a category, the sidebar just has Categories. How do I populate it the same everywhere with a full sidebar?

  2. J M
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Go to WP Admin > Appearance > Widgets. See on the right hand side a few drop-down bars? Those are your different sidebars. You'll likely have one called Categories, and others differently named. You'll need to find the one/s responsible for your Archive/Category pages.

  3. SickSquirrel
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    One bar, Sidebar 1 but it is blank. No fields filled in

  4. J M
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    OK. Now you can drag some widgets from the left hand side on to it, editing their option where you want. Do you follow?

  5. SickSquirrel
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Yes, but won't that give me double links on the main page? How do I make the new sidebar show up everywhere but the main page?

  6. J M
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    You'll need to look for a plugin to do that unless you have a static home page that does not have sidebar. You could register a new sidebar (or as many as you like), but that will involve diving into the code.

  7. SickSquirrel
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    No, I'd rather just fix the issue. Changing code and needing plugins sounds too extensive

  8. webbrewers
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Adding some widgets to the sidebar will override the theme's default settings which may be to show a bunch of widgets just on the home page. Try that first and see what happens.

  9. SickSquirrel
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Easier said than done. You said coding needs to be done and I no longer code. If I do a widget with everything but Categories I'd need the code or each section for the widget. I can do one widget for each section but would still need the code, right?

  10. webbrewers
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    No code required - just drag a few widgets over to the sidebar and see if that clears out the default ones you're seeing.

  11. SickSquirrel
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Ok. I created a widget with Archives, Links and Meta. Now, how do I make that appear and once I can, how do I populate it?

    I'm hoping I don't need to code.

  12. SickSquirrel
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Oh hell each time I edit the widget there I hit save on each item. I go back and it's empty. How do I save it as I drag over items??.

  13. SickSquirrel
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Three times I've created it. Three times I've lost it. No more.

    Can someone else please advise me on this? It isn't easy to type and I can't waste my ultra limited time online doing nothing.

  14. webbrewers
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Drag the widgets over to the sidebar area, configure them and save. If they don't show up, there's another problem.

  15. SickSquirrel
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    The sidebar area is is another section under Themes. I can't drag there; only code.

    Ok, there was one widget named Sidebar 1. It finally saved but doesn't show up on my secondary-and-beyond pages as you said it should. I also tried to create a new widget for the main page but there isn't a way. If I drag the item to the right it either goes in the existing widget or goes back in place.

    I can hand code that tomorrow in sidebar.php as it is just Links. But a widget would save time.

    Something just doesn't add up. You say drag widgets to another section which is impossible. You have to try three times before it saves.

  16. webbrewers
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I guess we should have asked this first: what theme are you using? What I've described is default WP behavior and I've never seen a theme that doesn't support it.

  17. SickSquirrel
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    The main theme isn't yours but the child, where I am making changes, is yours or rather from here. It is Squirrel.

    Weird but true. I have a section on the sidebar I can't find in sidebar.php or Widgets. I need to remove it. It's a Page I hand-coded. I can delete it but the link needs to go. But it's hiding. I coded it a year ago but have no memory.

    I don't know what to do if I can't find it. I know I can set up a redirect to index php but the physical link needs to go.

  18. SickSquirrel
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Anyone?

  19. webbrewers
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    You've lost me...you're using the Squirrel theme as a child theme? Try switching to a default theme like 2014 and look at appearance ยป widgets. If you don't see a place to drag widgets over to a sidebar, please post a screenshot.
    The folks here can't help you with your own customizations, only with default wp approved items.

  20. SickSquirrel
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I didn't realize it was a customization. It was my first site after I came back (from a coma with no memory) and I thought he used a WordPress theme. The pages didn't have a design credit but I looked further and found it. Sorry to have bugged you!

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