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  • I just upgraded to the 3.2.1 version of WordPress from a 2.x version. I wanted to use the Twenty Eleven Theme and use the Custom menu option. I set up a couple of posts as custom menu links along with the standard pages. I have the menu posted at the top and in a sidebar widget. The menu at the top works fine, but when I click on one of the post links in the sidebar, everything in the sidebar disappears (including my Adsense links), and there is only a “Next” or “Previous” option (depending on which post it is on) to switch between the posts. I have no idea where that is coming from. I don’t have any plugins that do that, and I can’t find any settings for it. I have tried it with only the Custom menu widget in the sidebar, and it still happens.

    Clicking the pages in the sidebar menu don’t seem to be a problem, just the posts. There was no problem when I switched to the Twenty Ten theme, so it seems specific to the Twenty Eleven theme. Any ideas?

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  • by design, Twenty Eleven does not have a sidebar on single posts.

    to remedy this see for instance ‘Twenty Eleven – Sidebar on Single Posts and Pages’

    Ah. Interesting….though not in a good way. That seems like an odd default behavior, especially now that you can add posts to the custom menu. You want them to look like the rest of your site. It seems like most people would want to keep the sidebar. It’s not like it makes the page bigger, it still uses the space of the sidebar for the Next/Previous links. They could have at least made it a toggle, like with the pages.

    Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s a great theme. I am just a little surprised to find out that was a design choice. It doesn’t make much sense to me. I can see some people liking it, but it seems to me that most would not. <shrug>

    I had tried searching and couldn’t find any reference to the problem. Mostly I found people wanting to add next/previous links to the tool bar, but nothing about this issue. Thank you very much for the link to a work around. i really appreciate it. It looks a little more complicated than I had hoped, but I’m glad there is a fix. Besides, it will give me some practice on editing themes. 🙂

    Thanks again.

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