Sidebars and footers are called widget areas – editable areas that are not part of the main page content.
- Sidebars. You can edit the ‘default’ sidebar for simple pages that don’t use the Page Builder.
- Footers. There are 4 footer widget areas. These 4 blocks appear side by side in the footer on every page.
How to edit sidebars and footers
There are 2 ways to change widgets.
1. Theme Customiser
This is probably the most intuitive way. From the top bar hover over the site name and them press Theme Customizer. You will then see all the options for the site. Scroll down and you will see a blue pencil over the sidebar and footer widgets. If you click on the pencil, then the options will be available on each page.
2. The Widget page. From the Dashboard, go to Appearance » Widgets.
- The left side has a box called ‘Available Widgets’ which contains all the widgets you can use. The most important widget is the ‘Text’ widget.
- The right hand side contains the different sidebar areas where you can put ‘widgets’ . You assign them by simply dragging the widget to the area. If you are creating the widget for the first time, you will need to enter text or options and then press ‘Save’.
If you want to remove a widget from the sidebar, but still keep it for future use, you should move it to the inactive widgets section at the bottom of the screen.
Types of widgets
The text widget
The most important widget is the Text widget, which allows you to put text on the sidebar. The is is the widget you’ll be using more often than the others.
When you add this widget to an area, it will open up to reveal a box where you can add text. Once you’re done, press save.
Unfortunately, the text widget doesn’t have a text editor, so all you see is HTML code, which makes it difficult to add links etc. We are looking for a solution for this, but right now there is none that is as stable as we would like.
Here is a workaround you can use:
- If you are editing an existing text widget, copy its contents
- Create a new page in a seperate browser tab (‘Pages » Add new’)
- Switch to text view (the tab is on the upper right of the text area) and paste in the contents
- Switch to ‘Visual’ view: you can now see the visual contents, and make changes just the same as you would do in a normal page
- When finished, switch to ‘Text’ view, and copy the contents. Switch to the widget page, and paste the contents back into the widget area and press ‘Save’. You might need to chcek the ‘Automatically add paragraphs’ box below the widget area
- You can then close the new page without saving.
Most of the other widgets are not particularly useful. Here are a few exceptions:
- Recent posts – you can specify your most recent articles, as either a list or dropdown
- Recent posts extended allows you to add pictures and teaser text to the list of recent articles. You can also limit posts by category. There are quite a few settings here, we have added some sensible defaults but feel free to change
- Random quote – you can add quotes using the Quotes Collection section on the sidebar, and then this widget will display them. They will automatically reload when you press next quote.
- Language switcher – if you have enabled multiple languages, you might want to have the language switcher on the sidebar instead of the menu
For each widget, you can check ‘Fixed widget‘ if you want the widget to be always visible on the screen (this can be useful, for example, to ensure there is always a nice article available to read once the visitor is finished reading that particular article)