A reader dropped me a comment yesterday wondering how we style the widget areas here on VoodooPress. I’m always happy to answer questions whenever I can, so we will take a look at what I do here, give a little bit of code, and even touch on other things you could do to spruce up your widget area. Let’s dive right in!
I had set up an Archive page on my personal blog a while ago for folks to Explore the site with. My original intent was to give users a variety of ways, in one place, to locate content which might interest them. My secondary goal was to cut down on widgets in my sidebar. I wanted to put up some cool widgets, but also wanted to list categories, archives by date, etc. Having that all in the sidebar takes a lot of space. I thought an archive page was great way to cut down on sidebar clutter. Here’s my thought process, and some cool tips!
When you visit the site, you can see our nifty login/out and register box at the top of the page. Go ahead, take a peak! See it there? Cool! I wanted to add that into my theme, make it easy to move from site to site, and between themes. Let’s take a peak and see how that’s done!
Here’s a quick little tidbit for you. I was recently working on a few small things to make my site load a bit faster, and I was digging through all my scripts and styles that load. I noticed that the scripts and styles for the bbPress 2.x plugin and the bbPress Post Toolbar plugin loaded on every page. Here’s a quick fix to load them only on an actual bbPress page.