An introduction to your sidebar positions

As with most themes, you get sidebars to publish widgets to. This theme offers up to 29 sidebar positions, at least 3 of them for the WooCommerce plugin when enabled. This introduction and tutorial is in two parts, one for the actual sidebars and the other redirects you to a more indepth introduction of how sidebars work…specifically dynamic sidebars.

Incept Sidebars

As mentioned, you get up to 29 sidebar positions with this theme. You can see them on the live demo site HERE or view the screenshot below:

 

Header Top Sidebar

This is a special sidebar that is best used for small info related content, so I recommend you keep it simple. only available when using the Header Style 2 option.

top sidebar

Left and Right Sidebars

Some sidebars are basic while others are dynamic (adjustable to available space) and some won’t show unless you turn them on from the customizer. With the Left and Right sidebars, you get two sets of each, one for the blog section of your site and one for actual pages:

  1. Blog Left Sidebar
  2. Blog Right Sidebar
  3. Page Left Sidebar
  4. Page Right Sidebar

This means that if you publish a widget to the Blog Right Sidebar, this will not show on the Page Right Sidebar…and vice versa. If you want the same widget to show on both, you will need to publish a new one to the Page Right Sidebar.

Showcase Sidebars

You get a Showcase sidebar group for the bottom of your page which are flush with each other – no spaces.

showcase sidebar

In addition to the Showcase sidebars, you also get an overlay hover effect:

showcase hover

WooCommerce Sidebars

If you plan to use Incept as an online store using WooCommerce, you also get a left and right sidebar position that exists in the same space that your page and blog sidebars exist. The only difference is that these will only show on WooCommerce templates that have these sidebars added. 

To enable these sidebars, you will need to go to the customizer, then to the Site Options panel. Once there, look for the “Turn on WooCommerce Elements” setting:

enable woocommerce

After doing this, theme settings associated with WooCommerce, including sidebars, will be enabled.

Sidebars with Dynamic Widths

I use this term “Dynamic Width” loosely, but basically what it means is that you get sidebars that will automatically adjust their widths based on how many widgets are published side-by-side within a sidebar group. For example, if your theme has the Top sidebar positions, you can have up to 4 widgets published side-by-side.

Here is what happens when you publish widgets to Top 1, Top 2, Top 3, and/or Top 4:

  • Publish 1 widget = 100% width
  • Publish 2 widgets = 50% width each
  • Publish 3 widgets = 33% width each
  • Publish 4 widgets = 25% width each

The above example and capability only works for sidebar groups which contain 4 sidebar positions that relate to each other. You will know when you have this because when you are logged into your dashboard and go to Widgets, you will see them like this example:

  • Content Top 1, Content Top 2, Content Top 3, Content Top 4
  • Content Bottom 1, Content Bottom 2, Content Bottom 3, Content Bottom 4
  • Bottom 1, Bottom 2, Bottom 3, Bottom 3
  • etc…

Screenshot example of the Bottom sidebar group:

bottom sidebars 1234

All other sidebar positions are singles only, such as:

  • Inset Top
  • Inset Bottom
  • Left Sidebar
  • Right Sidebar
  • etc…

Show Widgets on Select Pages Only

 

The only way to do this is to use a plugin called Display Widgets, or with Jetpack, you can use the Widget Visibility module.