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Hello Everbody,

This is my first post. Just found the forum today. The one had been using, I think they all fell asleep. This is my first wordpress so I am going to have to watch the video's. I have 1 question to get me rolling again. I am stuck on trying to edit the sidebar. Is the page where you enable the sidbars, is that where you put text into? And do I need a editor to acomplish.
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  • Profile picture of the author lerxtjr
    Sidebar.php is the common file to edit and it can be usually edited within wp-admin, in the design editor screen.
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  • Profile picture of the author peterj
    Do you want to actually edit the code or do you want to add content/widgets to your sidebar?

    If the latter, go to Appearance-Widgets

    From there you can drag and drop widets into your sidebar.

    If you want to edit code then yes, you'll need notepad at the least.

    Pete
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    • Profile picture of the author Power User
      There is something I must be missing. I go to edit themes open the right sidebar than copy the text out of the notepad and update the file. Than I go back to the edit post screen and click preview and nothing is in the sidebar except the things that were in before. Does this sound like I am doing it right.
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      • Profile picture of the author peterj
        Have you made the files writeable on your server.

        You might need to change the file read/write permissions.
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        • Profile picture of the author mywebwork
          Originally Posted by peterj View Post

          Have you made the files writeable on your server.

          You might need to change the file read/write permissions.
          Before you do that you might be wise to read Istvan's post - he makes a very valid point about file permissions that shouldn't be ignored.

          You are much better off working with a proper text editor like PS Pad or Notepad++ on your local machine. The default WordPress theme editor is a joke and allowing your files to be editable on a production web site is very risky.

          Bill
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          • Profile picture of the author Power User
            I understand fully. I been having a heck of a time getting anything to work for editing. Can you tell me more of how to do it.f i use ftp can i extract out of hostgator and load on the computer? Hostgator tells me that i can not do.
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          • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Morgan
            Originally Posted by mywebwork View Post

            You are much better off working with a proper text editor like PS Pad or Notepad++ on your local machine. The default WordPress theme editor is a joke and allowing your files to be editable on a production web site is very risky.

            Bill
            I second this. Use an intuitive, useful editor like Notepad++ and don't do work on a production machine. You can quickly make a copy of the wordpress files and the database and copy them somewhere. (You can even just copy the wordpress files elsewhere, and work on them but navigation is a pain)
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    Nobody should ever use the online theme editor. Period.

    In order to make it work - you need to set the permissions (chmod) on the files to 666 (satanic number: meaning all the hackers have access to your files, LOL). Just check out what says under the text filed where you see your files.
    And it doesn't have an Undo button!

    Do yourself a favour and download the file via FTP; edit it in a plain text editor like Notepad; upload it and you are done.

    WARNING! Don't forget to make a backup copy before messing around with it... just in case!
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    I am not sure whose post you understand "fully"...

    With FTP you don't "extract" - you download the files from the server and upload them.
    FTP = File Transfer Protocol; a way to move files between your computer and the host server (another computer, basically).
    [go, search on youtube; you will find zillion basic tutorials about how to ftp]

    If any hostgator rep told you that you cannot access your files via FTP... you either asked the wrong question or the person was drunk.
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    • Profile picture of the author Power User
      I think he was drunk. I told him he is terrible and closed the chat. I will stick with the forum I looked around and i was able to export the whole file to desktop. How do you open this type of file so I can use notepad or such.

      SQL File (.sql)
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  • Profile picture of the author jjpmarketing
    Use Filezilla for FTP in combo with your editor of choice, such as Notepad++, Dreamweaver, Frontpage, etc. Make certain you setup your default editor in Filezilla.

    This way you can right click to edit the file and when you save the file in your editor, Filezilla automatically prompts you to upload the changes. Simple as pie.

    For your WordPress sidebar issues...

    Text Widgets allow you to add ads, text, etc. to your sidebar. There are other widgets such as calendar, categories, tags, etc. that can all be added to the sidebar from the "Widgets" link located in the "Appearance" section of the WP Admin panel.

    You will need to modify the CSS code if you want to change the colors for the sidebar.

    If you want to add more sidebars or remove sidebars, then you will need to modify the PHP code for site.

    If you can't figure out FTP or basic hosting tasks, then just go to YouTube and you can find plenty of people demonstrating this very task.

    If you don't quite understand wordpress then you can check out WordPress.tv... or YouTube.

    Hope that helps.

    Dennis

    UPDATE:

    The .sql file you have is just a copy of the database for the WordPress blog. You need to be a little more specific about the exact problem you are having, so we can better help you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    That's a database file - what are you trying to do with it? And HG might be right: the .sql files are NOT uploaded/downloaded via FTP.

    Why the heck are you messing with the database if you want to edit your sidebar?
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    • Profile picture of the author Power User
      You said I should dowload and work from there?
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  • Profile picture of the author jjpmarketing
    He was referring to sidebar.php. Please specify what you are trying to accomplish... so we can help you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    I said to download the sidebar.php - which should be in the public_html/wp-content/themes/YOUR-ACTIVE-THEME/ folder on your server, when accessed via FTP.

    I second jjp's suggestion: you should watch a few youtube videos on FTP (and WP) basics.
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    • Profile picture of the author Power User
      I am planning on that tomorrow. When you give direct comments and paths I can figure these things out. I have used filezilla and i understand the path above. I just need a kick start and the very basics and I will get it.

      Thanks everbody and I will go after the suggestions. I will be back that is for sure
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  • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
    1. Is the page where you enable the sidbars, is that where you put text into?
    Answer: Adding text to sidebar is usually done with widgets. Go to Appearance>Widgets
    Then you choose the text widget and drag and drop it into a widget area.

    2. Is the page where you enable the sidbars, is that where you put text into?
    Answer: Why do you need to enable a sidebar? Are you creating a new theme, adding an extra sidebar to an existing theme, or something like that?

    3. And do I need a editor to acomplish.
    Answer: What you you want to accomplish?
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  • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
    I think you need something like this:
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    • Profile picture of the author Power User
      That will work. I nwill check it out.
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  • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
    I am impressed that some of you know how to answer Power User's question, because I am not at all sure what Power User is asking and wants to do? I tried to decipher it and answer as best as I could.

    An editor to do what exactly?
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    • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
      Originally Posted by thunderbird View Post

      I am impressed that some of you know how to answer Power User's question, because I am not at all sure what Power User is asking and wants to do? I tried to decipher it and answer as best as I could.

      An editor to do what exactly?
      Ah, we are just guessing... He doesn't know what he wants to do either
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  • Profile picture of the author balara
    I just marvel at the tech knowledge you guys have! Whilst I don't understand much about the issue (in fact I can't work even out what the issue is) the help you guys are giving amazes me. Here was I thinking that Wordpress is a teddy bear when it seems its a grizzly! But then, my blogs are pretty basic.

    Veronica
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  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    One other thing that I have seen on some themes is that if you use widgets the code in the sidebar does not get displayed. It's an either or - either you have the widgets or you have the code in the sidebar.

    If this is the case with your theme, and you have widgets, then nothing you do to sidebar.php will show up.

    I don't know if it is the case, just mentioning it.

    But why wouldn't you just use a widget anyway? Why go messing around in sidebar.php unless you are decent programmer? You can really screw your site up.

    Lee
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    • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
      Originally Posted by cashcow View Post

      One other thing that I have seen on some themes is that if you use widgets the code in the sidebar does not get displayed.
      Not "some themes" - all of them, if the widget area was properly coded!
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      • Profile picture of the author Power User
        I am back at it this morning. I am going to watch the videos accumulated yesterday.This is my first exposure to wordpress. Sorry If I confuse everbody remember I am new. I have to start somewhere. I think cashcow has hit right on it.

        One other thing that I have seen on some themes is that if you use widgets the code in the sidebar does not get displayed. It's an either or - either you have the widgets or you have the code in the sidebar.
        What i was trying to do is put a box that allows you to do a search in the sidebar. Maybe I should pick another template. I would put a link on here but it probablly is not safe. Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    admin panel > Appearance > Widgets: drag the "Search" widget to your sidebar. Save changes. Done.
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    • Profile picture of the author Power User
      Should I still pursue offline or do online?
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      • Profile picture of the author Kat Bartone
        Nobody should ever use the online theme editor. Period.

        In order to make it work - you need to set the permissions (chmod) on the files to 666 (satanic number: meaning all the hackers have access to your files, LOL). Just check out what says under the text filed where you see your files.
        Istvan, I've occasionally used the theme editor to make some small change, like remove the powered by wordpress link, or change font size, or whatever. The changes have always gone through, but I've never chmod'ed the files to 666.

        I don't think they'd be 666 by default, would they?

        Thanks,

        Kat
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        • Profile picture of the author Power User
          Should I pursue offline or online
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  • Profile picture of the author JonMills
    poweruser i think this is quite a learning curve for you man. Also remember the wordpress.org forum has tons of how tos on it

    Basically anything you wish to add or take away from a theme can get a little bit sticky if your not familiar with html or editing

    wordpress blogs are made up of parts, sidebar, header, etc. They must be writable, you can make them writable by logging into your site using a ftp client like coreftp ( free ) then right clicking on the files and setting to like 644

    edit them and then set them back to what they were ( honestly you wont get hacked in between doing it, thats only for the paranoid )

    Go under appearances, into sidebar.php now depending on the theme some have 2 side bars make sure your in the right one, some themes have 1 sidebar file but both sidebar left and right are in it.

    as for widgets not all themes are setup for them.

    what is is you wish to add, show us your site
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    • Profile picture of the author Power User
      Once I get off of here I am going to do some studying. And I will not come back till i know a little more. The reason i came to this forum is the knowledge base. The one I was on is dead compared to this. Here is the site. Can not post links yet. livwellsblog.com
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  • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
    Power User, I checked out your blog. It is using a theme called
    Suffusion
    . I've never used it so I don't how much about it. From I read, it has extensive widget area functionality, so it really doesn't seem that there would be any need to edit sidebars with notepad.
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    • Profile picture of the author Power User
      I went ahead and picked one that I can manage with my limited knowledge. Been studying all day and know much more than last night. One question. Can I use other peoples articles as long as you have there name on the bottom?
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