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how to remove or filter widget areas in admin

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  • Started 14 years ago by em hr
  • Latest reply from em hr
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  1. Is there anyway to rename "Primary Aside" , "Secondary Aside" , etc so the new naming scheme is reflected in the admin/widgets section. Also is it possible to remove the default widget areas altogether in favor of my own. unregister_sidebar is proving ineffective I can make sense of the the default thematic widget areas but I'm having to work too hard at explaining all of it to my clients. It would be a great help to be able to filter the names and remove those that are unused. For reference sake I am using the trunk r522.

    Posted 14 years ago #
  2. function child_remove_widget_area() {
    add_action( 'admin_init', 'child_remove_widget_area');

    This works for removing a widget area but it would be nice to just be able to rename them in a way that relates to the project at hand and doesn't require providing a client with complicated widget maps/legends. Any thoughts?

    Posted 14 years ago #
  3. Now I'm trying to use the new widget_area function from the trunk r522 to add a new add a new sidebar in place of the one I have removed. Unfortunately in a child theme the following code wont work.

    function child_widgets_init() {
    	if ( !function_exists('register_sidebars') )
      		thematic_create_widget_area('My Widget Area Name', thematic_before_widget(), thematic_after_widget(), thematic_before_title(), thematic_after_title(),'widget_area_primary_aside');
       	add_action('init', 'child_widgets_init' );

    The widget is registered and appears in the admin but when given a widget the sidebar/widget_area doesn't hook into widget_area_primary_aside. Hmmmm. I think I need to look closer into the widgets-extentions.php

    Posted 14 years ago #
  4. Hi,

    if you want to add a second widget area to an action hook you need to define / create your own thematic_standard_widget_area() similar to this one:

    // this is our standard function for a widget area
    function thematic_standard_widget_area() {
    	$hook = current_filter();
    	$hook = thematic_process_hook($hook);
    	if (is_sidebar_active($hook)) {
    		echo thematic_before_widget_area($hook);
    		echo thematic_after_widget_area($hook);


    Posted 14 years ago #
  5. Hi,

    I'm still working on that widget area thing. It's working in the latest SVN copy, but I don't really like it.

    Will test an array version (incuding a filter) in the next days.


    Posted 14 years ago #
  6. Yeah I've been messing with arrays and loops to automate Nathan Rices work but have had some unpredictable results. Removing and adding widgets works flawlessly with an array and a foreach loop but hooking them in keeps breaking things with widget areas showing multiple times and sometimes before the head. Ah well I'm learning what doesn't work at least.

    Posted 14 years ago #

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