[wp-hackers] updating widgets for multiple sidebars

DD32 wordpress at dd32.id.au
Fri Aug 8 05:21:15 GMT 2008

I have a feeling Shane may be refering to using the Single widgets on  
multiple sidebars, Which at present, is not possible.

At first you may ask "Why would i want a widget shown on multiple sidebars  
at the same time!", but then you need to understand that that is only one  
setup of multiple sidebars.

My main blog needs to have the single widgets on multiple sidebars, As i  
havef a different sidebar depending if you're viewing the Blog or a Page,  
I use WP as more of a CMS with a Blog subsection in that way. I also have  
another few projects which uses sidebars completely differently & as such  
needs widgets on multiple sidebars.
eg: http://dd32.id.au/ compared to http://dd32.id.au/blog/

Now, Back to Shane:
If thats the kind of effect you're after, then it can be done via some  
'hacks' in the themes functions.php file:
Register whatever sidebars you want, And insert them where you need them,  
Then add the filters into your themes functions.php file.

I chose not to attempt to modify the core widgets to support multiple  
sidebars, Mearly because the umpteen times i've tried to update a plugin  
to allow it.. i've failed miserably, the API to do it is just plain  
unuseable to me, it makes no sense :) -- but it certainly works.. for  
other people, and wanting to have them on multiple sidebars is also a very  
edge case, and in many cases, will also break XHTML validation due to  
duplicated ID's and the like.

On Fri, 08 Aug 2008 15:07:02 +1000, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:

> Additional: What do you mean by "multiple-sidebar-enabled", exactly?
> You can have as many sidebars as you want, and widgets can go on any
> of them.
> Do you mean multi-instance widgets? Like the Text widget? Because all
> widgets, even single-instance ones, can go on any sidebar.
> On Fri, Aug 8, 2008 at 12:05 AM, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:
>> Well, it's really up to the widget itself, isn't it? It doesn't make
>> sense for all widgets to be available in more than one place at the
>> same time.
>> A multi-widget is multi, a single widget is single.
>> Again, I feel like I'm confused. There's nothing to contribute here,
>> the text widget is multi, the rest of the defaults are not, and that's
>> pretty much that. Why would you wan tthe meta widget to be multi, for
>> example? It makes no sense.
>> On Thu, Aug 7, 2008 at 3:15 PM, Shane Pearlman  
>> <shane at shaneandpeter.com> wrote:
>>> I'm sorry if what I wrote was confusing. I am referring to the widgets  
>>> that
>>> have NOT been enabled to work in multiple sidebars as of this point.
>>> For example, in the default widgets provided with the current tagged  
>>> 2.6
>>> release, links, meta, recent comments ... are single sidebar widgets  
>>> and are
>>> not multiple sidebar enabled.
>>> I was asking:
>>> 1) has anyone done this yet?
>>> 2) if we do it, should we contribute that for 2.7?
>>> -S
>>> On Aug 7, 2008, at 12:49 PM, wp-hackers-request at lists.automattic.com  
>>> wrote:
>>>> Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2008 15:04:49 -0300
>>>> From: Charles Frees-Melvin <charles.freesmelvin at gmail.com>
>>>> Subject: Re: [wp-hackers] updating widgets for multiple sidebars
>>>> To: wp-hackers at lists.automattic.com
>>>> Message-ID: <76718F37-F8D0-4B4E-9719-BD874BDBECA9 at gmail.com>
>>>> Content-Type: text/plain;       charset=us-ascii;       format=flowed;
>>>>  delsp=yes
>>>> An example would be the meta widget, I use different sidebar for diff
>>>> templates and it would be nice to log in in different templates
>>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>> On 7-Aug-08, at 2:25 PM, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:
>>>>> Err.. what? Any multi-widget can be in multiple sidebars, unless I'm
>>>>> misunderstanding you.
>>>>> On Thu, Aug 7, 2008 at 11:53 AM, Shane Pearlman  
>>>>> <shane at shaneandpeter.com
>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>> Hey folks,
>>>>>> As part of a project we are having to enable a grip of widgets to
>>>>>> work in
>>>>>> multiple sidebars. Some of you will probably be receiving emails
>>>>>> from us
>>>>>> about the plug-in / widgets you have build being multi'd to see if
>>>>>> you want
>>>>>> to add in our retrofit.
>>>>>> I was wondering if anyone has gone to the effort of enabling the
>>>>>> default
>>>>>> wordpress widgets for multiple sidebars? If so, can we use that  
>>>>>> code?
>>>>>> if not, we'd be happy to contribute it towards the 2.7 release.
>>>>>> Thanks,
>>>>>> -S
>>>>>> Shane
>>>>>> www.shaneandpeter.com
>>>>>> 831.345.7033
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