Problem My sidebar is not displaying in the Wordpress footer.php file.


add_action( 'widgets_init', 'social_media_sidebar' );
function social_media_sidebar() {
  register_sidebar( array(
        'name'          => 'Social Media Sidebar Widgets',
        'id'            => 'social_media_sidebar_widgets',
        'before_widget' => '<div>',
        'after_widget'  => '</div>',
        'before_title'  => '<span style="display:none;">',
        'after_title'   => '</span>',


<div class="sidebar">
    <?php dynamic_sidebar( 'social_media_sidebar_widgets' ); ?>


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

Note - the above footer.php call is not in a loop. That's the only thing I can think of that may be causing the widget to not display? I'm using the same call to get_sidebar in 3 other template files (within the loop) and they load just fine. I just can't get it to display in the footer. Nothing is being hidden with CSS.

What can I do to get the social_media_sidebar_widgets sidebar to display in my footer?


The declaration in your footer tells WordPress to find the sidebar-social_media_sidebar_widgets.php file and apply it there.

I think what you want is to declare:

<?php dynamic_sidebar( 'social_media_sidebar_widgets' ); ?>

in your footer.php file.

  • a ha! that did the trick. Thank you, @Ryan! (will accept this answer once the time restriction passes) – Joe Jun 20 '17 at 20:33
  • All good, my friend! Glad I could be of help :-) – Ryan Jun 20 '17 at 20:38

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