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After pulling my hair trying to find out why my Main Sidebar disappeared, I performed as a last act of desperation a complete wipeout of the database and the entire wordpress directory, then I restored them from the earliest backup of my totally fresh install of WordPress, which includes only the home page and the original sample page and no plugins!.

That didn't help displaying the Main Sidebar.

But when I switch to Twenty Ten, the Main Sidebar, with the calendar in it, is there!

This is insane, as I am now beginning to doubt my memory that I ever saw the Main Sidebar on Twenty Eleven.

Can the Twenty Eleven theme have a Main Sidebar at all?

If so, what am I doing wrong?

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This is a user-support question, that would be better-asked at the Twenty Eleven support forum at wordpress.org. –  Chip Bennett Feb 3 '12 at 16:21
    
@Chip Bennett Thanks for your comment. What does this mean? I am new to WordPress and to the WordPress community in particular, so I am unsure which forum is for what. If a "user-support question" doesn't fit this SE board, what kind of questions are better asked here? +1 for now. –  ef2011 Feb 3 '12 at 16:28
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Please refer to the Scope as defined in the FAQ. Generally, WPSE is intended for questions related to WordPress development and administration. User-support questions are better served at the official wordpress.org support forums. –  Chip Bennett Feb 3 '12 at 16:33

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Can the Twenty Eleven theme have a Main Sidebar at all?

Twenty Eleven Theme does display a sidebar on the homepage, but not on the single posts and individual pages as you can see from the demo of Twenty Eleven.

If so, what am I doing wrong?

What's your website URL?

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Thank you! I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The server on which this WordPress instance is installed is internal on a LAN (behind NAT & firewall) so it isn't accessible from the web. In the meanwhile I managed to find many hints about this newly introduced "feature" in Twenty Eleven. I will continue to research for a workaround. +1 for now. –  ef2011 Feb 3 '12 at 16:15
    
Finding more information on this, it looks like this feature has a good purpose: Fitting mobile phones. I wonder what that "Selecting the custom Sidebar Template for your page" means. Where do I find it? –  ef2011 Feb 3 '12 at 16:21
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When we edit any page, on the right side, on the "Page Attributes" box, there is an option to choose the sidebar template. –  Pothi Feb 4 '12 at 2:26

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