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As of now, my side bar is pretty standard:

How can I change it so that it shows tags, recent posts, etc...

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Go into your dashboard and click widgets to your left, and you will see all the tabs there you just drag and drop them to your right inside the panel.

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If you're wanting to add something outside of the widgets, you can do so by editing the sidebar.php file of your theme too.

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If you are using more (or even less) up-to-date theme it should support widgets.

See Appearance Widgets SubPanel in Codex for overview.

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Template Name: No Sidebar
Template By : Techbymak
Tempalte designed By : Akshay Makadiya
URL : http://techbymak.com
<?php get_header(); ?>
<?php if ( have_posts() ) : while ( have_posts() ) : the_post(); ?>
<div style=”width:850px !important;”>
<?php the_content(‘
Read More »</p>’); ?>
<?php edit_post_link(‘Update this post’, ‘<p>’, ‘</p>’); ?>
<?php endwhile; else: ?>
<p><?php _e(‘ooops!! , No match found’); ?></p>
<?php endif; ?>
<?php get_footer(); ?>

I think this is useful to you. Source : http://techbymak.com/create-blank-wordpress-page-with-no-sidebar-no-footer-no-header.html

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This is invalid PHP: do not use curly quotes. And please add an explanation: why would that solve the problem? – toscho Aug 9 '13 at 8:52

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