Avada offers both single and dual sidebars. Sidebars can be assigned globally (same sidebars sitewide) or individually (different sidebars per page or post). Avada includes a powerful set of options to achieve this throughout the theme. Please read below to understand where sidebars can be used and how to assign them globally or individually.
Global Sidebars vs Individual Page Sidebars
Global Sidebars – Global sidebars will override the individual sidebar options set in the Fusion Page Options. You can enable global sidebars for each different sections of your site such as pages, portfolio posts, blog posts and the search results page. Use this when you want every page to show the exact same sidebar. Global sidebar options can be found in the Avada > Theme Options > Sidebars panel.
Individual Sidebars – If global sidebars are disabled, then you can use individual sidebars when you want a unique sidebar or no sidebars on a page or post. Individual sidebars can be assigned in the Fusion Page Options of each page or post.
Global Sidebar Areas
There are 10 sections of your site where you can enable global sidebars. Some of these areas require the respective plugins to be installed and activated. Continue reading below to learn about each section.
- Page Templates – All page template except for the ‘100% Width’ page template.
- Portfolio Posts – Single post pages that are created for all portfolio post.
- Portfolio Archive / Category Pages – All arch/cat pages created for portfolio posts.
- Blog Posts – Single post pages that are created for all blog post.
- Blog Archive / Category Pages – All arch/cat pages created for blog posts.
- WooCommerce Products – Single post pages that are created for all Woo products.
- WooCommerce Archive / Category Pages – All arch/cat pages created for products.
- Events Calendar Posts – All single posts pages created for Events Calendar posts.
- bbPress Pages – Any forum/topic post that is created using the bbPress plugin.
- Search Page – The search results page that displays when a search is performed.
How To Apply Global Sidebars
Before applying a global sidebar for a section of your site, you must first create a widget section, assign widgets to it, then you can assign it to the sidebar you’d like to use as a global sidebar. To learn how to create widget sections, please refer to our Creating Widget Sections article.
Step 1 – Navigate to the Avada > Theme Options > Sidebar panel. Select the sub-panel for the area you’re wanting to assign a global sidebar to. For example, if you want to assign a global sidebar to all of your page templates, then go to the Theme Options > Sidebars > Pages sub-panel.
Step 2 – Enable global sidebars by setting the ‘Activate Global Sidebar’ option to On.
Step 3 – Select the name of the widget section you’d like to display for Sidebar 1 and Sidebar 2. If you only want one sidebar, then set the ‘Sidebar 2’ option to None.
Step 4 – You can also select a position for Sidebar 1. If you’re also using Sidebar 2, it will automatically be placed on the opposite side of Sidebar 1.
Step 5 – Once finished, press the ‘Save Changes’ button.
How To Apply Individual Sidebars Using Fusion Page Options
If you don’t want to use global sidebars and would rather assign a specific sidebar for specific pages, then you can do so using our Fusion Page Options which is located in every page or post you create.
Step 1 – Create a new page or post or edit an existing one.
Step 2 – Scroll below the main content field and find the Fusion Page Options box. In this section, you’ll find the Sidebars tab.
Step 3 – Select the name of the widget section you’d like to display for Sidebar 1 and Sidebar 2. If you only want one sidebar, then set the ‘Sidebar 2’ option to No Sidebar.
Step 4 – Select a position for Sidebar 1. If you’re also using Sidebar 2, it will automatically be placed on the opposite side of Sidebar 1.
Step 5 – You can also choose a background color for the sidebar. Simply use the color picker interface or enter the hexcode of the color you’d like to display in the ‘Sidebar Background Color’ option. For example, #000000.
Step 5 – Once finished, click the ‘Save Draft’ or ‘Publish’ button to save your changes.
Single, Dual or No Sidebars
Avada allows for single, dual or no sidebars. There are two sidebar dropdown fields that allow you to make these selections; Sidebar 1 and Sidebar 2. You can also set the position for Sidebar 1, and Sidebar 2 will automatically be set to the opposite side. Continue reading below for more information.
- Single Sidebar – To achieve a single sidebar, assign a widget section to the ‘Sidebar 1’ option, then set the ‘Sidebar 2’ option to No Sidebar.
- Dual Sidebars – To achieve dual sidebars, assign a widget section to both ‘Sidebar 1’ and ‘Sidebar 2’ options.
No Sidebars – To disable sidebars, select No Sidebar for both ‘Sidebar 1’ and ‘Sidebar 2’ options. The page will be full width.
Avada offers a sidebar position option for Sidebar 1, this can be chosen globally in Fusion Theme Options or individually per page or post. The Fusion Page Option overrides the Fusion Theme Option. Note, when set to Default the Fusion Page Option is pulling from the Fusion Theme Options.
As of Avada 5.2, you have the option to enable sticky sidebars on your Avada site. When Sticky Sidebar is enabled, the sidebar will scroll with the content as the viewer moves down the page. For more information on using sticky sidebars, please see our post here.