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  • I have 5 sidebar widgets in the Sidebar 1 window: Categories, Pages, Links, Search, and Archives. Only Categories shows on my site. I remove them all, re-add them one by one, but nothing changes. What am I doing wrong?

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  • Sounds like your theme’s sidebar is not “widget-enabled”. Use the Theme Editor to edit your theme’s sidebar.php. If the sidebar is widget-enabled, you should see a line of code like this:

    <?php if ( !function_exists('dynamic_sidebar') || !dynamic_sidebar() ) : ?>

    near the beginning div tag. If you don’t see that code, you either can

    (a) install a widget-enabled theme. I like Rebecca Wei’s WordPress Themes, which are widget-enabled.


    (b) add the widgetizing code yourself to sidebar.php. Go to Andy Skelton’s Official Widget Page. He explains all.

    You’re getting the categories because your sidebar displays them in conventional fashion, not because you installed the category widget.

    I’m having the same problem, and I’m using a widget-ready theme (Ocean Mist 1.1 by Ed Merritt). Whenever I add a widget, the page and sidebar background images disappear and the sidebar is empty. When I remove a widget, I get the default sidebar and all of the background images.


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