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Sidebars and other widget areas: number and position

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No widget areas

Sidebar optional:
[Depending on the theme, either by selecting the relevant option in Appearance > Theme Options, or by not adding any widgets in Appearance > Widgets.]
Adventure Journal, Autofocus, Bouquet, Brand New Day, Chateau, Comet, Elegant Grunge, Fresh & Clean, Fruit Shake, Fusion, iNove, Modularity Lite, Mystique, Nishita, P2, Parament, Pilcrow, Quintus, Reddle, Retro-fitted, Strange Little Town, Suburbia, Sundance, Triton Lite, Twenty Eleven.

No sidebar on static pages or single posts (optionally or not):
see relevant post.

One sidebar [see also under "Sidebar(s) plus bottom and/or header"]

Left:
Andrea, Beach, Benevolence, Fauna, Fleur de Lys, NotesIL, Sandbox 1.1 & 1.6.1 & 1.6.2 (two areas in one column), Solipsus, Thirteen, Vermilion Christmas, White as Milk.

Right:
Albeo, Almost Spring, Autofocus (on static pages only), Banana Smoothie, Black-Letterhead, Blix, Blogum, Bold Life, Bouquet, Chaotic Soul, Choco, Connections, Contempt, Dusk, Emire, Flower Power, Fresh & Clean, Fresh Bananas, Freshy, Girl in Green, Greenery, Green Marinée, iNove, iTheme2 (two areas in one column), Jentri, Kubrick, Light, Liquorice, Misty Look, MLB (all three of them), Monochrome, Neat, Neutra, Next Saturday, Notepad, Ocadia, Ocean Mist, Oulipo,* P2, Parament, Piano Black, Pool, Prologue, Quentin, Redoable Lite, Retro-fitted, Rounded, Rubric, Rusty Grunge (two areas in one column), Sapphire, Shaan, Shocking Blue Green, Silver is the New Black, Simpla, Spectrum, Spring Loaded, Steira, Strange Little Town, Sunburn, Sundance, Sweet Blossoms, The Journalist v1.3, The Journalist v1.9, Toolbox (two areas in one column), Toni, Treba, WordPress Classic.

[* Oulipo has a left sidebar too, but this sidebar is reserved for what in other themes is the top nav menu - regular or custom.]

Left or right (selected in Appearance > Theme Options):
Dusk to Dawn, Inuit Types, Regulus, Supposedly Clean.

One wide sidebar and/or two narrow sidebars right:
Vigilance.

One or two sidebars left, or right, or left & right, or two bottom areas:
Sandbox 0.6.1.

Two or three sidebars [see also under "Sidebar(s) plus bottom and/or header"]

Left & right:
Andreas 09, Digg 3 Column, Garland, Sunspot (right sidebar optional).

Both right:
Andreas 04 (plus content of About page above them), Dark Wood, Twenty-eight Thirteen.

One wide sidebar and/or two narrow sidebars right:
Vigilance.

One wide sidebar and/or two narrow sidebars right on homepage, but only one sidebar right on single posts, static pages and index pages:
The Morning After.

One or two sidebars left, or right, or left & right (selected in Appearance > Theme Options):
Comet.

One or two sidebars left, or right, or left & right, or two bottom areas (selected in Appearance > Theme Options):
Sandbox 0.6.1.

One fixed right sidebar, plus one right sidebar when viewing main or archive pages, interchangeable with a different right sidebar when viewing a single post or static page:
Grid Focus.

Three sidebars right:
Fjords 04.

One sidebar left plus two sidebars right:
Neo-Sapien.

Bottom and/or header only

Three header areas:
DePo Square.

One bottom area (one column):
Esquire.

One bottom area (two columns):
Manifest.

One bottom area (three columns):
Chunk, Day Dream,* Duotone,* Monotone.

Two bottom areas:
Ambiru, Chaos Theory,* Retro MacOS,** Vertigo, Vostok.

Three bottom areas:
DePo Masthead, Hemingway, Iceburgg,* Pink Touch 2, Wu Wei.

Two bottom areas plus header:
Imbalance 2.

One or two sidebars left, or right, or left & right, or two bottom areas (selected in Appearance > Theme Options):
Sandbox 0.6.1.

[* Erroneously labeled as "Sidebars" in Appearance>Widgets.]
[** Retro MacOS has a right sidebar too, but this sidebar displays your pages, monthly archives and categories.]

Sidebar(s) plus bottom and/or header

[Note: bottom areas are optional.]

Sidebar right, plus header area (one column):
Clean Home.

Sidebar right, plus header area (one column), plus bottom (three areas):
Motion.

Sidebar right, plus header area (one column), plus featured area (news template):
Nuntius.

Sidebar left, plus one bottom area (one column):
Tarski.

Sidebar left, plus three bottom areas:
Greyzed, Selecta.

Sidebar right, plus one bottom area (three columns):
Unsleepable.

Sidebar right, plus two bottom areas:
Matala.

Sidebar right, plus three bottom areas:
Bueno, Duster (“showcase” template: sidebar left; single posts and static pages: no sidebar), Enterprise, Fruit Shake, Koi, Nishita, Titan.

Sidebar right, plus second sidebar right (below posts), plus three bottom areas:
Reddle.

Sidebar right, plus four bottom areas:
Forever, Modularity Lite, Paperpunch, Skeptical, Suburbia (sidebar on single posts and static pages only), Twenty Ten (two sidebar areas in one column), Under the Influence.

Sidebar right, plus five bottom areas:
Splendio.

Sidebar right, plus two bottom sections three areas each:
Triton Lite (only on single posts and static pages).

Sidebar left or right, plus three bottom areas:
K2-lite, Twenty Eleven (“showcase” template: sidebar left; single post view: no sidebar).

Sidebar left or right, plus four bottom areas:
Brand New Day.

Sidebar left or right, plus five bottom areas:
Chateau.

Two sidebars right, plus Links in bottom area:
Fadtastic.

One sidebar left or right, or two sidebars right, plus bottom (one area):
Elegant Grunge (bottom: three columns), Fusion (bottom: up to six columns).

One sidebar left or right, or two sidebars right, or two sidebars left & right, plus bottom (three areas):
Adventure Journal.

One sidebar left or right, or two sidebars left or right, or two sidebars left & right, plus bottom (four areas):
Mystique.

One sidebar left or right, or two sidebars left or right, or two sidebars left & right (plus optional “feature” area spanning width of both sidebars), plus bottom (see relevant post):
Coraline (bottom: four areas), Pilcrow (bottom: two areas), zBench (bottom: four areas).

Right sidebar, plus left sidebar on main and archive pages, plus homepage top right area on main page, plus four bottom areas:
Structure.

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Discussion

18 thoughts on “Sidebars and other widget areas: number and position

  1. Hi Panos,
    Very interesting article.
    I’ll keep in mind when I’ll be able to change the theme of my blog (currently the most popular use, and MistyLook ocean mist,) without the fear of losing data …
    Regards.
    Franco

    Posted by putignanonelmirino | February 26, 2011, 17:17
  2. Hi,
    Normally (that is, unless there’s a glitch) you don’t lose data when you switch themes. If the new theme is of similar design, widgets remain in place. If not, they move to Inactive and you just drag them back to place.

    And anyway the only widgets that can be a pain if you lose them are Text widgets. So as an added precaution you can back them up by saving their content in a simple text file. But again, if you lose the content of your text widgets, you can retrieve it by visiting a cached page of your blog.

    Posted by Panos | February 26, 2011, 20:10
  3. I have skimmed through all articles in this blog.
    I think many WordPress.com users in japan are interested in this blog.
    Can I refer or translate into japanese on my blog?
    (I’m learning English and have some skills on CSS.)

    Posted by asazuki | March 2, 2011, 07:33
  4. @asazuki: Thanks very much. Yes of course you can translate, provided you mention the source and link to it (but since you took care to ask, I’m sure you know that).

    Posted by Panos | March 3, 2011, 05:45
  5. Hi es un articulo muy interesante me viene muy bien!Un saludo desde España!

    [Username link removed - P.]

    Posted by seo herramientas | March 25, 2011, 20:17
  6. this is a colossal knowledge about wordpress.com blogging..very useful. i thank the author for sharing this info and i salute you for a job well done. please don’t get tired of helping other people..Peace and Jah bless! –, ).\m/

    Posted by mighty | May 11, 2011, 06:11
  7. You’re welcome and thank you for your kind words!

    Posted by Panos | May 11, 2011, 15:55
  8. Hi,

    Thanks so much for this incredibly informative site (OMG, that sounds like a bot). I am human. :) I blog at http://roolily.wordpress.com/ .

    I’ve just switched to Oulipo and I LOVE the look of it, but finding out that it has no fixed side or bottom bar for posts (so that I can use a text widget to gather stats) is incredibly disappointing. It’s like finding out that Mr. Right doesn’t believe in The Force. Might be a deal breaker. (Hurry up lady; I’m busy; what’s your question?)

    Q. Can a fixed bottombar be added to Oulipo? (I don’t have the CSS upgrade, but would get it if that made the difference).

    Another Question – In your experience, if I wrote to wordpress asking them to add the bottombar to the theme, do you think they would?

    Thanks so much!

    Posted by Ruth | June 29, 2011, 17:36
  9. In my opinion, Oulipo in elegant theme. And, in my experience, no they wouldn’t: they tend to leave themes as their original designer designed them, and only make the necessary modifications to adapt them for wp.com. They would also tell you that CSS allows you to modify the appearance of a blog, not its structure (which is true), so you can’t add a bottombar via CSS (which is half true). But I’ll have to experiment with the theme before I can tell you if a CSS workaround would work for what you’re looking for. In the meantime you can add an invisible version of your stats tracker to each post.

    Posted by Panos | June 30, 2011, 02:36
  10. Thanks so much, Panos, I just started adding the invisible tracker to each post the other day…. If you should come up with anything else, I’d send you a gift!

    Posted by Ruth | June 30, 2011, 17:52
  11. Sorry: I did experiment, and I lose the gift…

    Posted by Panos | July 1, 2011, 05:28
  12. Thanks for trying!

    Posted by Ruth | July 1, 2011, 20:58
  13. Thank you, I would like to try some of these for my new blog. Suggest that you might create a link to the themes mentioned for us newbies to view as a pop-up or something, so we can get a visual without having to write them down and then go to the theme section, but this is just me, being new and critical. The article is helpful to the problem I noted with the blogroll widget which I did not want on my page.

    [Username link to non wp.com blog removed - P.]

    Posted by pinkwitch1 | October 28, 2011, 23:03
  14. 1) You’re welcome, but the site your username originally linked to isn’t a wp.com blog; do you have a wp.com blog?

    2) Nice suggestion, but the available free themes are around 160 at the moment (and new themes are added almost every week or so), and my theme surveys are around 40 at the moment (click “Theme surveys” in my top nav menu). You don’t really expect me to add some six thousand links, do you?

    Posted by Panos | October 28, 2011, 23:58
  15. How to add a stats tracker?

    Posted by pratyushnalam | November 18, 2011, 12:06
  16. You go to Appearance>Widgets, add a Text widget to your sidebar, paste the code of the stats tracker in it, click Save. Code must be plain HTML – javascript isn’t allowed and will be stripped out. Have you found a tracker you like?

    Posted by Panos | November 19, 2011, 03:19
  17. Thank you for this list. It was a great help. With the recent news of the infinite scrollling, I wanted to find a theme with footer widgets, to hopefully prevent this from happening on my blog when they get around to other themes. I decided on Adventure Journal and thankfully all widgets remained intact. I didn’t think of saving the text.

    We have a slow DSL connection (Not many options in the boonies), so I tend not to stick around blogs that take too long to load. WordPress’ Dashboard is slow enough. :( I don’t want my site to drag if others with slow connections come by.

    Posted by The Birding Bunch | February 15, 2012, 03:37
  18. You’re welcome.
    And your points are correct. That infinite bullshit is a badly implemented feature – check this post:

    http://uxmovement.com/navigation/infinite-scrolling-best-practices/

    So far at least WP hasn’t observed any of this. Unfortunately the owner of WP is only 28 years old and has the mentality of a spoiled kid. He’s completely incapable of dealing with negative feedback rationally, and tends to hide the simple truth, namely that the principal attraction of the features he insists on implementing is more money for him.

    Posted by Panos | February 15, 2012, 07:11

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