I have a child theme based on Twenty Ten.

I have split out the sidebar and secondary side bar so they can be used on different pages.

sidebar.php file:

<div id="primary" class="widget-area" role="complementary">
    <ul class="xoxo">

    /* When we call the dynamic_sidebar() function, it'll spit out
     * the widgets for that widget area. If it instead returns false,
     * then the sidebar simply doesn't exist, so we'll hard-code in
     * some default sidebar stuff just in case.
    if ( ! dynamic_sidebar( 'primary-widget-area' ) ) : ?>

        <li id="search" class="widget-container widget_search">
            <?php get_search_form(); ?>

        <li id="archives" class="widget-container">
            <h3 class="widget-title"><?php _e( 'Archives', 'twentyten' ); ?></h3>
                <?php wp_get_archives( 'type=monthly' ); ?>

        <li id="meta" class="widget-container">
            <h3 class="widget-title"><?php _e( 'Meta', 'twentyten' ); ?></h3>
                <?php wp_register(); ?>
                <li><?php wp_loginout(); ?></li>
                <?php wp_meta(); ?>

    <?php endif; // end primary widget area ?>
    </div><!-- #primary .widget-area -->


    // A second sidebar for widgets, just because.
    if ( ! dynamic_sidebar( 'secondary-widget-area' ) ) : ?>

        <div id="secondary" class="widget-area" role="complementary">
            <ul class="xoxo">
                <?php dynamic_sidebar( 'secondary-widget-area' ); ?>
        </div><!-- #secondary .widget-area -->
<?php endif; ?>

I want to display sidebar-2 (the secondary sidebar) in my post pages. I call them using:

<?php get_template_part(‘sidebar’,2); ?>

(in the following files: archive.php, post.php, author.php, category.php)

instead of <?php get_sidebar(); ?>

I've set my 'Settings' for 'Reading' so that the page is for displaying 'Posts'.

When I visit the page, it displays the primary sidebar. You can see for yourself at http://akhomehealth.com/newsletter/

Sidebar should show search, archive, category and recent posts.

  • So I discovered that Wordpress 3.1 twenty-Ten is using the home.php as the template for posting page. Now I'd like to ask WP why? However, I really need to get it to show the secondary sidebar.
    – Nohl
    Mar 15, 2011 at 1:33

2 Answers 2


try this instead <?php get_sidebar(2); ?>

  • That was a cool suggestion, however it did not use the newly created sidebar-2.php (as far as I can tell) and it did not let me correctly tell WP 3.1 that I want to use a different template for my blog page. Still that was a cool suggestion.
    – Nohl
    Mar 11, 2011 at 5:43
  • 2
    Try casting the 2 as a string instead, eg. get_sidebar('2');..
    – t31os
    Mar 11, 2011 at 12:37
  • turns out the '2' is the big deal when using <?php get_sidebar(2); ?> @t31os was right about casting (just noticed that short tip) - if you don't put it in single quotes the function gets really confused. I guess I miss read it. . I still had to make many changes to the sidebar.php and sidebar-2.php, but I get it now. . I don't get why Twenty-Ten uses the home.php template for internal blog/post pages. Any ideas?
    – Nohl
    Mar 16, 2011 at 6:02

This is the wrong usage of using get_template_part as below:

<?php get_template_part(‘sidebar’,2); ?>

This is the correct one. (Since the file name was sidebar-2.php.)

<?php get_template_part('sidebar','2'); ?>

This also the correct one. (More direct approach)

<?php get_template_part('sidebar-2'); ?>

I noticed that you type the symbol of ‘ and ’ inside the code ‘sidebar’. It should be 'sidebar'. Or else it may not working. You should aware the symbol on your keyboard

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