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The theme I'm using doesn't allow me to edit the footer content and uses: <?php get_sidebar(); get_footer(); ?> instead of calling them separately, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

The theme I'm using is this one: http://pithoe.com/theme/?preview_theme=woddyx

Thank you kindly!

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Is the footer of that theme not controlled by widgets? – helenhousandi Oct 27 '11 at 14:22
Encrypted footer. Crap Theme, from a dirty, rotten, spammer developer. Try a Theme from the official WPORG Theme repository, instead. – Chip Bennett Oct 27 '11 at 14:34

From OP comment:

The footer.php file is all encrypted

Do not download Themes from random sites. Only download Themes from trusted sources, for exactly this reason.

The footer is encrypted, and the Theme is probably distributed under a license that prohibits modifying the footer. Thus, for both reasons, we cannot help you.

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Even Twenty Eleven calls these together:

<?php get_sidebar(); ?>
<?php get_footer(); ?>

Normally you would inject content into the footer using one or more footer widget areas (sidebars), or by hooking the wp_footer action. Unfortunately, this theme does not call wp_footer().

As you said, the footer file is obfuscated, but it's just plain text if you visit your blog and view the page source. Copy the source after <!-- BEGIN footer -->, clean it up, and drop it in footer.php. And also call wp_footer() at the bottom.

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Thank you so much Adam, worked perfectly and all is fixed! – Jennifer Oct 27 '11 at 16:14

get_footer(); and get_sidebar(); include the files footer.php and sidebar.php respectively. If you wish to edit the footer / sidebar try editing footer.php or sidebar.php

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Thanks. The footer.php file is all encrypted, and that's where the flicker photos, and newsletter stuff, etc are that I'd like to edit. Ahhh, why do they do this?! – Jennifer Oct 27 '11 at 13:50

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