One of the things that has been really lacking in WordPress is the ability to easily administer your theme menu(s). Sure, there are quite a few plugins available that made it significantly easier, but there was never any “built in” methods. This has now changed with the release of WordPress 3.0 and in my opinion, it’s one its best new features.
I had my day planned out nicely. Only a few minor updates to make on my WordPress theme for my new site and I would’ve been done (coding wise). Then it happened! I logged into the admin Dashboard to make a few content tweaks and things seemed a bit strange. When I tried to save some content updates, the page just wouldn’t refresh properly. I even tried logging out of the dashboard… But still no luck 😥
I’ve found that the term “sidebar” within WordPress can have multiple meanings. Within your index.php file you will most likely find a call to the php function get_sidebar(). This is referring to the sidebar column, sometimes called the right-hand (or left-hand) navigation column. A sidebar also refers to the location where you add all your Widgets. The Widgets control the content that appears within the sidebar (column) and will usually display lists such as your Recent Posts, Categories, Links or dozens of other items.