An introduction to your sidebar positions

This theme packs a lot of sidebar positions; currently at 27 sidebars in total to give you a lot of flexibility. To show you a layout of theme sidebars, you can visit the demo site:

SIDEBAR POSITIONS

You can also use the layout you see below as a guideline to your sidebar positions. Your custom Front Page template will also have some sidebar positions added, but not the complete set that the rest of the page templates offer.

Front Page Template Sidebars

When you decide to use the front page template, you get the following sidebars:

  • Banner Sidebar
  • Top 1, 2, 3, and 4 Sidebars
  • Content Top 1, 2, 3, and 4 Sidebars
  • Content Bottom 1, 2, 3, and 4 Sidebars
  • Bottom 1, 2, 3, and 4 sidebars

NOTE The front page template does not have these sidebars active unless you publish widgets to them and to the front page. 

Dynamic Width Sidebars

With regards to the groups of sidebars, the ones that give you up to 4 side-by-side, you get dynamic width. This means they will self-adjust their width based on how many sidebars have widgets published to them. For example:

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

It’s surprising to find that many themes today have fixed widths. This means that if you have 4 sidebars side-by-side with 3 widgets published, you will end up with the 4th sidebar empty and showing as an empty space in your page. This is why dynamic width widgets work best because they will fill that empty space, giving you a far better looking page that is consistent.

Can I Move My Sidebars or Add More?

I’ve had this question a few times with other themes, but the short answer is no. However, if you are using a child theme, you can modify a theme template by moving the sidebar code to the new location you want it to show in. 

As for adding more sidebars, you can do that, but again, this means modifying the code. However, I will be honest in saying that doing this will be a much larger and more complicated job if you’ve never done this before. You would have to modify multiple files and work with HTML, CSS, and PHP code.

WARNING Only attempt this if you are comfortable enough opening and modifying code in theme files, and do it only in a Child Theme.