thanks for the reply otto, hopefully I'll get these issues resolved quickly. Regarding my lack of footer on single pages: I've posted my index.php and single.php in the pastebin, mind taking a look at em?
Regarding the sidebar list issue, i tried the code you suggested in my functions.php and got this error:
"Parse error: parse error, unexpected T_CONSTANT_ENCAPSED_STRING, expecting ')' in /home/content/j/a/m/jamiepalmer/html/blog/wp-content/themes/urbandecay/functions.php on line 6"
Just to be sure I got ur function right, here's what I pasted in my functions.php:
if ( function_exists('register_sidebar') )
'before_widget' => '<div id="%1$s" class="widget %2$s">',
'after_widget' => '</div>'
'before_title' => '<h2>',
'after_title' => '</h2>',
sorry for the confusion and my incompetence, but thanks sooo much for the help!