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  • I’ve been able to set up multiple dynamic sidebars for my theme without any trouble. I have the INCLUDE’s set up properly to call the appropriate sidebar_template.php file but when I use the Admin Widget manager I can only add a widget to ONE dynamic sidebar.

    For example:
    If I add the Page widget to sidebar1, save it and then load sidebar2 using the drop-down, the Page widget no longer has the option to add it to my second sidebar.

    It looks like I can only load a single widget onto one dynamic sidebar at a time – my question: is this by design, a bug or did I miss a config change somewhere that spawns multiple “instances” of a widget?

    If it’s by design, I’ll just drop hacking multiple side bars into my theme and use non-dynamic ones instead.



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  • I’m having the exact same problem. The sidebars register fine, but when I add a widget to the second sidebar in the admin, the page refreshes and shows the newly added widget under sidebar1.

    anybody? At least I’m not the only one 🙂

    rtober you problem is that your trying to use a widget that can’t be duplicated. Certain widgets can be such as a text widget but most of the others can only be added to one sidebar.

    kconragan’s problem is different.

    I have something that I think is related.

    My blog has two sidebars, left and right. If I add a widget to one sidebar and then change my mind (yes, I did that) and wanted to add it to the other sidebar, I couldn’t.

    I tried removing it first. It sort of did, ie, the widget appears in the list of unused widgets – but it also still shows in the sidebar where I’d first put it.

    And I can’t add it to the other sidebar – the ‘add’ link isn’t there.

    So how do I resolve this? What am I doing wrong?

    FWIW, the widget editing page in WP 2.5 is the only bit of 2.5 that I really don’t like at all. Clumsy, drop-downs that require another click to make an action, and generally a messy interface.

    Just saying 🙂

    the wordpress default is that you cannot add a widget to two different sidebars. there is a plugin to get around this called Duplicate Sidebar Widgets here:


    I need to add a widget (Event Calendar) to my client’s existing right sidebar at:

    A previous designer set up the static/custom right sidebar that is there now.

    I’d like to simply drag the Event Calendar to that sidebar in the widget panel, but when I do, I lose the existing sidebar.

    How do I just ADD the widget to the sidebar that is there? I’d like to place it where the graphic is located (under the email form).

    Would appreciate any help.

    Thanks so much!!!

    have the same problem than kconragan here !
    Any solution ?

    in the events calendar code it say’s for fixed sidebars to use:

    If you do not have a widget ready theme then you can place ‘<?php SidebarEventsCalendar();?>’?, or ‘<?php SidebarEventsList();?>’ for an event list, in the sidebar.php file of your theme.

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