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Im staring to develop a theme but i have a litle issue. I’m trying to add a sidebar to my theme with this code:

function theme_2_widgets_init() {
    register_sidebar( array(
    'name'          => __('Sidebar', 'theme_2'),
    'id'            => 'sidebar-1',
    'description'   => __('Add widgets here to appear in your sidebar.', 'theme_2' ),
    'before_widget' => '<aside id="%1$s" class="widget %2$s">',
    'after_widget'  => '</aside>',
    'before_title'  => '<h4 class="widget-title">',
    'after_title'   => '</h4>',
) );
}
add_action('widgets_init', 'theme_2_widgets_init');

The thing is, when i go to Appearence -> widgets, my sidebar is there but there is an incative sidebar thats says “this sidebar is no longer available and does not show anywhere on your site…”

is this normal to happen?

  • why used aside tag in before_widget parameter? – Md. Mrinal Haque Mar 27 '17 at 15:40
  • Did you change the name of your sidebar after adding widgets to it? – Industrial Themes Mar 27 '17 at 15:44
  • @IndustrialThemes i didnt change anything. I've simple added this code to the functions.php and going to Appearence->Widgets, there was the sidebar and than, below the widget lis there is the incative sidebar. – eskimopest Mar 27 '17 at 15:53
  • @MrinalHaque, why not? I was having problems with the sidebar so, i copy this from twentyfifteen theme if im not mistakem. i thought that it could be something with the way i was creating the sidebar but the result is the same. – eskimopest Mar 27 '17 at 15:59
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Change 'id' => 'sidebar-1', as your own sidebar name. For example, new sidebar name is sidebar-2 than, our function will -

add_action( 'widgets_init', 'theme_slug_widgets_init' );

    function twentyfifteen_widgets_init() {
    register_sidebar( array(
        'name'          => __( 'Widget Area', 'twentyfifteen' ),
        'id'            => 'sidebar-2',
        'description'   => __( 'Add widgets here to appear in your sidebar.', 'twentyfifteen' ),
        'before_widget' => '<aside id="%1$s" class="widget %2$s">',
        'after_widget'  => '</aside>',
        'before_title'  => '<h2 class="widget-title">',
        'after_title'   => '</h2>',
    ) );
}
add_action( 'widgets_init', 'twentyfifteen_widgets_init' );

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  • i dont believe this will do anything. I have the exact same code in another theme i made as an experiment and was having the same issue. I solved it but dont know what i did... argh... – eskimopest Mar 27 '17 at 16:18
  • Your first code worked with another theme, because that theme don't register a siderbar-1 widget area id. id must be different. – Md. Mrinal Haque Mar 27 '17 at 16:23
  • its funny. maybe im making a big mess out of this but i've copy the first theme into a new folder named theme_3. the id is the same as before 'sidebar-1' and everything is fine. when i go to widgets there is my sidebar and all of the default widgets: search, recent posts, recent comments, etc... im going to make some experiments like a clean install of wordpress and see what it does. – eskimopest Mar 27 '17 at 16:53

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