Adding and changing sidebars sidebars

Posted on 2014-02-10
Last Modified: 2014-03-04
Hi Guys,

I was wondering on my page here if it was
possible to  add a sidebar to the left? Also How do i change it soeverytime i name a page it wont appear in the body the way it says "Home Test" on this page?

thanks a mill
Question by:jonathanduane2010
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Expert Comment

by:James Rodgers
ID: 39849963
adding sidebars is fairly straight forward but you will need to change teh page layout in order to accommodate a new sidebar

in your functions.php add something similar to

// Left-hand sidebar
$args = array(
	'name'          => __( 'Sidebar Left', 'theme-name' ),
	'id'            => 'sidebar-left',
	'description'   => 'Appears on Left Side of Some Pages',
    'class'         => '',
	'before_widget' => '<aside id="%1$s" class="widget %2$s">',
	'after_widget' 	=> '</aside>',
	'before_title' 	=> '<h3 class="widget-title">',
	'after_title' 	=> '</h3>'); 
register_sidebar( $args );

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replace "theme-name" with your theme name, this is for translations
this will add it to your appearance>widgets page

copy your theme sidebar.php file and rename to sidebar-leftside.php

it should contain something similar to

<?php if ( is_active_sidebar( 'sidebar-1' ) ) : ?>
		<div id="secondary" class="widget-area" role="complementary">
			<?php dynamic_sidebar( 'sidebar-1' ); ?>
		</div><!-- #secondary -->
	<?php endif; ?>

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replace all instances of 'sidebar-1' with 'sidebar-left'

on the page you want to add the new side bar add this,

<?php get_sidebar('leftside'); ?>

page styling will be up to you

replacing the page title is also pretty easy

add this to functions.php

add_filter( 'the_title', 'themename_title_filter' );

function themename_title_filter( $title ) {

    return $title;


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note: the above is untested, just wrote it out

Author Comment

ID: 39850682

I get this when i change the functions.php :(

// Left-hand sidebar $args = array( 'name' => __( 'Sidebar Left', 'Primero' ), 'id' => 'sidebar-left', 'description' => 'Appears on Left Side of Some Pages', 'class' => '', 'before_widget' => '
', 'after_widget' => '
', 'before_title' => '
', 'after_title' => '

'); register_sidebar( $args ); add_filter( 'the_title', 'themename_title_filter' ); function themename_title_filter( $title ) { if(is_page()){ $title="": } return $title; } 
Fatal error: Call to undefined function of_get_option() in /sites/ on line 11

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Expert Comment

by:James Rodgers
ID: 39850729
is that the way it is actually coded on your functions page?
if it is the comment is going to cause issues
 place the cursor immediately after
// Left-hand sidebar

and press enter

save and try again

register side bar, add filter etc. should also be on it's own line, after every ";" (semi colon) have a new line
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Author Comment

ID: 39850766
i have removed everything from the the functions.php (there was nothing in it already) and i have also deleted the copy of the sidebar i made, but now i am getting an error about the header.php line 11 when i try to load the site?

any ideas?

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Expert Comment

by:James Rodgers
ID: 39850810
not without knowing what is on line 11 of header.php

fix the header then start adding the code into functions.php one by one,

use the select all option at the bottom of the code window

Author Comment

ID: 39850859
here is line 11

      <?php if(is_front_page() && of_get_option('home_title')): ?>


I just reverted to what was there

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Expert Comment

by:James Rodgers
ID: 39850940
the error is saying that the function of_get_option('home_title') does not exist

Author Comment

ID: 39851025
and does it take that from the functions.php ?

When i ooked at that through wordpress i noticed there wasnt anythiong there, and now there still isnt anything there.
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Expert Comment

by:James Rodgers
ID: 39851061
no, it means the function was
a) never created
b) could not be found any of the included theme or wordpress includes

it could be placed in the functions.php

Author Comment

ID: 39851098
i havethethemeworking on another site can i copy the function file from there

Author Comment

ID: 39864884
Hi there,

I have tried changing the functions.php and adding <?php get_sidebar('leftside'); ?> to this page

But noting has changed...there is a sidebar on the right, but not on the left...

any ideas?
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Accepted Solution

James Rodgers earned 455 total points
ID: 39867280
looks like you added it through the content editor not to the actual php page

i see
<p><?php get_sidebar('leftside'); ?></p>

on line 337 of the source

Author Comment

ID: 39904298

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