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I'm trying to add a footer area to wordpress so I can drop widgets and things there. I see my footer area in the admin section, but if I add a text (or any other) widget and then save it, nothing shows up on the footer. If I refresh the page, the widget that I dragged to the right in my footer area is no longer listed there.

I checked the network requests and there aren't any errors that I'm seeing. Did I miss a step?

footer.php contains:


functions.php contains:

// Register widgetized areas
function theme_widgets_init() {
    // Area 1
  register_sidebar( array (
  'name' => 'Primary Widget Area',
  'id' => 'primary_widget_area',
  'before_widget' => '<li id="%1$s" class="widget-container %2$s">',
  'after_widget' => "</li>",
    'before_title' => '<h3 class="widget-title">',
    'after_title' => '</h3>',
  ) );

    // Area 2
  register_sidebar( array (
  'name' => 'Secondary Widget Area',
  'id' => 'secondary_widget_area', 
  'before_widget' => '<li id="%1$s" class="widget-container %2$s">',
  'after_widget' => "</li>",
    'before_title' => '<h3 class="widget-title">',
    'after_title' => '</h3>',
  ) );

    // Footer
  register_sidebar( array (
  'name' => 'Footer',
  'id' => 'footer_widget_area', 
  'before_widget' => '<li id="%1$s" class="widget-container %2$s">',
  'after_widget' => "</li>",
    'before_title' => '<h3 class="widget-title">',
    'after_title' => '</h3>',
  ) );
} // end theme_widgets_init

add_action( 'init', 'theme_widgets_init' );

Update: It's not just the new widget area I can't add widgets to, it's all of them.

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have you checked for javascript errors in console? – Milo Jul 2 '13 at 17:09
@Milo Yes, unfortunately there's nothing there either. – Webnet Jul 2 '13 at 17:29

You are using get_sidebar incorrectly. That function "Includes the sidebar.php template file from your current theme's directory." And if you include a parameter, it loads a file matching that parameter name, not a sidebar of that name.

If a name ($name) is specified then a specialized sidebar sidebar-{name}.php will be included.

What you want is dynamic_sidebar instead.

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+1 Thanks for pointing that out... though it didn't solve the issue on the admin side. – Webnet Jul 2 '13 at 15:57
I can't duplicate that admin side error. Using the code in my answer plus your code, things work fine for me. – s_ha_dum Jul 2 '13 at 16:01
Try your code with all plugins disabled, and using a default theme. You'll have to edit the theme to test it but it should be OK since this is temporary debugging and can be overwritten on update. – s_ha_dum Jul 2 '13 at 16:10
It works with the default theme, doesn't work with mine. I'll dig through their theme and see if any of their code is different... – Webnet Jul 2 '13 at 16:53
Everything I've done is consistent with the 2012 theme. Any other ideas on what could be causing the issue? – Webnet Jul 2 '13 at 16:59

I think that using dynamic_sidebar you should actually be calling the index-order. Since dynamic_sidebar is supposed to be this:

dynamic_sidebar( $index ); 

So if you have 3 sidebars, then it should be:

dynamic_sidebar( 'sidebar-3' );
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$index is name or ID field of the registered sidebar, not position. – Milo Jul 2 '13 at 17:09

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