I'm attempting design my own WordPress theme for my business using Dreamweaver CS5 and have run into trouble implementing more than one sidebar. Here's the story: I currently have a header, a right sidebar that contains a couple of widgets (not in a list), an unordered list on the left of the page that link to different HTML pages within the site (about me, what I do, etc.), and a footer. The "body" in the center of the page will consist of blog entries. However, for widget and appearance purposes, I would like the div on the left of the page that contains the HTML links to be a separate sidebar. I have literally spent hours on the web trying to find some guidance, but something isn't clicking.
I am an absolute novice with PHP, but understand HTML and CSS very well. I currently have the following PHP code in my functions.php file that I made in the wp-content/themes/mytheme folder:
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<?php if ( function_exists('register_sidebar') ) register_sidebar(array('name'=>'sidebar1', 'before_widget' => '', 'after_widget' => '', 'before_title' => '<h4>', 'after_title' => '</h4>', )); register_sidebar(array('name'=>'sidebar2', 'before_widget' => '', 'after_widget' => '', 'before_title' => '<h4>', 'after_title' => '</h4>', )); ?>
I also put the following code into my sidebar.php file in the same folder:
<?php if ( !function_exists('dynamic_sidebar') || !dynamic_sidebar('sidebar1') ) : ?> <?php endif; ?> <?php if ( !function_exists('dynamic_sidebar') || !dynamic_sidebar('sidebar2') ) : ?> <?php endif; ?>
I understand that the code required in the index.php file needs to be
<?php get_sidebar(); ?> in order to call the specific sidebar that contains the widgets (in my case, the right sidebar), but what code should I use to call my left sidebar? Should I rename the sidebar.php file to sidebar1.php and have a second one called sidebar2.php for the left sidebar (even though I tried this and it didn't work). For some reason WordPress does not recognize
<?php get_sidebar1(); ?> or
<?php get_sidebar2(); ?> when I place these strings where they're seemingly supposed to be in index.php.
I have tried almost every combination I can think of and can't figure out what I'm doing wrong. Any help will be greatly appreciated!!