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important poll - question

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  • Started 2 years ago by helgatheviking
  • Latest reply from bogh
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  1. if i've ever helped you with a question please take a second to reply:

    what widget areas do you actually use? (of the 13 available)
    are there any widget areas you would like to add?

    thanks!

    Posted 2 years ago #
  2. jon
    Member

    in the 4 or 5 projects i have realised with the thematic framework i have used all but the bottom widgets. self evidently according to my partner's needs. i am a minimalist.
    do i wish for one? maybe one full-width above "main".

    Posted 2 years ago #
  3. Just so people don't have to login and look.

    Primary Aside
    Secondary Aside
    1st Subsidiary Aside
    2nd Subsidiary Aside
    3rd Subsidiary Aside
    Index Top
    Index Insert
    Index Bottom
    Single Top
    Single Insert
    Single Bottom
    Page Top
    Page Bottom

    Currently I have only used Primary, Secondary, the 3 Subs and Single Bottom (for like a recent posts widget). Other than that I usually always have to add a Footer Widget for the typical footer menu, unless I get lucky and need exactly 2 subsidiarys and the third can act as the footer menu. Most of the time I end up leaving the 3 subs (so they can be used even if they aren't in the psd) as extra feature slots and still add the footer menu.

    While it would be cool to toss some out, it is very easy to unset them (hide in the admin) with something like

    // hide unused widget areas inside the WordPress admin
    function childtheme_hide_areas($content) {
        unset($content['Index Top']);
        unset($content['Index Insert']);
        unset($content['Index Bottom']);
        unset($content['Single Top']);
        unset($content['Single Insert']);
        unset($content['Single Bottom']);
        unset($content['Page Top']);
        unset($content['Page Bottom']);
        return $content;
    }
    add_filter('thematic_widgetized_areas', 'childtheme_hide_areas');

    which seems far easier than probably hooking a bunch of them up.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  4. @jon, you've used almost all of them? i'm impressed.

    i don't think i've ever used (or maybe used only once):
    Index Top
    Index Insert
    Index Bottom
    Single Top
    Single Insert
    Single Bottom
    Page Top
    Page Bottom

    full-width above #main... doesn't single/page top work well enough for that?

    @scott - why not just register another menu location and add it to a footer hook instead of a menu widget?

    Posted 2 years ago #
  5. sowingseeds
    Member

    Primary & secondary asides, subsidiary asides & (occasionally) index insert. As for adding others I think with good documentation as to 'how to' there does not seem to be a great need to add more.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  6. Hi Kathy,

    can't imagine that we need any more widget areas. You can widgetize any of the action hooks and filters and use short codes to place widget areas somewhere in your text. Should be enough to play with ;)

    Chris

    Posted 2 years ago #
  7. bogh
    Member

    I am using Primary & Secondary Asides, and 4 Subsidiary Asides (I have created the 4th Subsidiary Aside because, in my opinion, there was some waste of space with just 3). See here how the footer looks with 4 subsidiaries http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/6991/footervsx.png
    In my theme the users can select 3 or 4 columns, and the width of the columns changes accordingly, I think this would be a nice idea that could be integrated in the thematic.

    @helgatheviking
    The Page/Single/Index Top are located below the top of the #content, to have a full width area it should be above #main I guess, to not interact with the #content and asides, of course this could be simply added trough the child theme, but you were looking for ideas and this could be a nice idea.
    Now I use thematic_abovecontainer for a full-width widget, even if it is below the top of the #main. And thematic_belowheader could be used for those who want it above the #main.

    @Chris,
    You were talking about some use of widget shortcodes, where can I see them ?

    Thank you.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  8. hi chris! i'm not realllly asking b/c i want to add more. ;) i actually want to reduce the number. I think there are too many.

    bogh, thanks for the suggestions!

    Posted 2 years ago #
  9. I find myself frequently adding a widget area to go in the header. Then I can easily place a search box or utility menu up there. Other than that I almost exclusively use primary, secondary, and all subsidiary areas.

    @ScottNix - great idea about hiding the unused areas. I don't know how I hadn't thought of that before.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  10. Sorry for this Kathy. You are right, there should be less. Whatever isn't needed, can be removed or moved into a FAQ.

    Chris

    Posted 2 years ago #
  11. Bogh, I need to search for the example code.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  12. Normally:

    Primary Aside
    Secondary Aside
    1st Subsidiary Aside
    2nd Subsidiary Aside
    3rd Subsidiary Aside

    Sometimes I'll use Index Insert.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  13. bogh
    Member

    Hmmm...interesting :)

    Thanks a lot @Chris

    Posted 2 years ago #

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