A single sidebar is used for the majority of WordPress templates and themes. However, you can easily add a second (or third, or fourth) sidebar to your site’s theme thanks to WordPress’ open architecture. You also don’t have to use your sidebar in the traditional sidebar area; you can use it in the header, footer, or any other part of your design. Any WordPress Widget (such as Recent Updates, Pages, Links/Blogroll, Calendar, Tag Cloud, and any custom widgets) can be installed in new areas of your WordPress template using additional sidebars. This technique is especially effective when used in conjunction with custom WordPress page templates–we can create custom sidebars for each of our custom page templates using additional sidebars. In this guide, we’ll show you how to take this approach.
So, in this tutorial, we’ll add a second sidebar to one of our WordPress theme’s custom template sites. Instead of a Category list, which is more suitable for blog readers, we have a custom homepage in our design where we want to have a strong call to action for our website users. The default “Sidebar 1” sidebar from our basic design is shown below, and we’ll add a second sidebar called “Homepage Sidebar” later.
The sidebar is a section of your website where you can view information for your guests. The sidebar can be used to navigate a website, promote something, gain new subscribers and followers, or highlight or spotlight unique content. Left sidebars get more focus, as experience shows: we read from left to right on the screen, so something on the left catches our eye first.
This theme includes a card design that has become very popular on Pinterest. Each card has an image preview as well as a brief summary. As a result, the theme can be used to display some goods or services.
This sensitive blogger theme with exclusive typography will make your content stand out. You can adjust the sidebar’s color scheme, add large feature images to each article, and tweak almost every aspect of the theme. [75 dollars]
It’s difficult to find free WordPress.org themes in both left and right sidebars, as well as the post or page material in a central column. This is partly due to the fact that it’s a less popular style, and partly due to the widespread uncertainty in WordPress function definitions. For eg, several of the themes in the resulting list would have two content columns and only one sidebar if you use the “three columns” function filter. Alternatively, three content columns and no sidebar! There will also be a few premium themes that only have both-sides sidebars. They shouldn’t be tagging “pro” features on the free edition, but no one seems to be paying attention.
Fortunately for you, I’m working on a platform that needs one, so I sifted through the true two-sidebar themes for you. There are a few free WordPress.org themes that allow you to choose a style with both left and right sidebars. Since the last big update to the WordPress core (4.7), all of the themes on this list have been updated:
The Phoenix theme was integrated into the GitHub repository for WordPress Theme Experiments earlier today. It is not intended for use on a live server, as are any of the themes in the repo. It’s a project to try out new ideas for the Full Site Editing (FSE) scheme, which will be released soon.
Every block-based theme I’ve seen so far has lacked a left or right sidebar. I like the open-canvas style because it focuses on content while hiding the often-frivolous widgets that just distract from the important information. Sidebars, on the other hand, are sometimes useful and even necessary.
When I say “sidebar,” I’m not referring to the dynamic widget sidebar system that we’ve all come to love or hate since WordPress 2.2. In the world of FSE, the method no longer exists. Templates and template bits, which are containers for blocks, are the only concepts that the site editor understands. It is the theme author’s duty to provide some default structure, including the development of template sections that act as sidebars.
It’s such an easy concept, almost as old as blogs themselves. It might not seem to be worth getting excited about, but I’ve been waiting for a block-based theme with a sidebar for quite some time. The addition of this feature further legitimizes WordPress’s direction. These basic architectural concepts must be incorporated in the wider theme creation group. “Hey, here’s how you do this easy thing you’ve been doing for a decade in this new system,” they need to hear.