Yesterday, we started the basics for adding a widget area to the soon to be new default WordPress Twenty Twelve theme. I personally wanted to have advertising up there, plus login and registration options. I use custom login and registration pages on VoodooPress, so the standard links don’t work – I need to provide working links. I’m going to show my code for adding that login feature, of course. But I also want to show you this for a bigger reason – 2012 has a responsive setup and if you alter the theme, you need to consider that with your changes. Let’s take a look at what I have now!
WordPress 3.5 is going to drop very soon. And with it comes the new Twenty Twelve theme as default. We’ve already started tweaking it on VoodooPress. So next up on our agenda was finding a little spot to put advertising. A widget area up top seemed like just the solution, so here is how we got that done!
I decided to add some sidebar action to the single post view of twentyeleven. It was actually a tough decision. I really did like the clean, distraction free, clutter free single post view that the theme has by default. However, I noticed a sharp drop in my adsense revenue. I’m not making a killing here, heck, I don’t even cover my hosting costs. But the little bit I did get was nice, like a little reward for trying to help the community. So I decided to drop in a sidebar. And, because I’m always trying to make things difficult on myself, I added in 2 sidebars, one on each side of the content. Let’s check out how to get that done.
I’m always experimenting with VoodooPress. This time I was looking to place a widget area under my first post. Personally I was looking to experiment with ad placement. I’m not sure if I’m sold on this location or not. But if I change my mind, this widget area could be useful for so many other things like images, or recent/popular post thumbnails. Let’s take a look at adding this widget area.