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Environment: WP 3.5, Twenty Twelve child theme. I created a custom template. Now, I'd like to display the built-in sidebar-2 in this custom template page (instead of the default sidebar-1). sidebar-2 is already registered by twenty twelve functions.php. I read a bit about get_sidebar and how to activate other sidebars, but I'm still a bit confused. To activate sidebar-2 on this custom template I created a file sidebar-customtemplate.php in my child theme directory with this content:

<?php if ( is_active_sidebar( 'sidebar-2' ) ) : ?>
    <div id="secondary" class="widget-area" role="complementary">               
        <?php dynamic_sidebar( 'sidebar-2' ); ?>
    </div><!-- #secondary -->
<?php endif; ?>

Then in my custom template file I replaced get_sidebar(); with <?php get_sidebar( $customtemplate ); ?>. Then I added some widgets to the sidebar-2 (from Appearance - Widget), but in the home page still sidebar-1 is displayed! Why? :(

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Rename that sidebar-2 into sidebar-sidebar2.php and after use this code

<?php get_sidebar('sidebar2');?>

hope its may work

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<?php get_sidebar( 'customtemplate' ); ?> 

did the thing :)

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you can put this code in your functions

add_action( 'init', 'register_my_menus' );
function register_my_menus() {
    register_nav_menus(
        array(
            'menu-1' => __( 'Head' )
        )
    );
}

and this code, in the place you want your second menu

<?php wp_nav_menu( array( 'theme_location' => 'menu-1' ) ); ?>

and than, you can control your new menu, through the menu section in the admin panel

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Uhm, no. I don't need to register a menu. I need to use the already registered by default (in twenty twelve) "sidebar-2" in a custom template page. –  MultiformeIngegno Dec 23 '12 at 15:31
    
Oh, sorry, i didnt noticed. did you check if its passing the if condition? –  Iliya Reyzis Dec 23 '12 at 15:37
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