Semiologic Panels

The Semiologic theme features Panels (“Sidebars” in the WordPress jargon).

Panels let you define what goes where onto your site via WordPress widgets. To do so, browse Appearance / Widgets.

Available Panels

Sidebars

Depending on your layout, you’ll see a sidebar, left and right sidebars, and/or an external sidebar. They let you define what goes where in these areas.

Header / Footer

As the names suggest, these let you define what goes at the very top, and at the very bottom of your site. They span all of the available width.

Header / Footer Boxes

These two go, respectively, immediately after the header, and immediately before the footer, and span the all of the available width.

Add three widgets in either or both to create inline boxes. Combined with widget contexts, you could change which widgets display depending on the context.

Before / After The Entries

These two go, respectively, immediately before and after the entries, in the site’s main column.

Each Entry

In the WordPress jargon, we’d call this the loop. It lets you organize how your posts and page will display. Combine with widget contexts for best effect.

404 Error

When your visitors seek to view a page that doesn’t exist, this panel will replace the Each Entry panel.

It also gets used when a search on your site returns no results.

Inline Widgets

It is only available when you’re using inline widgets. It lets you set what widgets will display in the post and page editors’ Widgets drop down button.

Feed Widgets

It is only available when you’re using the feed widgets. It lets you set what widgets will display after each post in your site’s RSS feed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Some widget contexts don’t work!

If you’re using the Semiologic SEO plugin, your SEO preferences (Settings / SEO) may be so that these contexts, all in the Each Entry panel, are ignored:

  • Category
  • Tags
  • Archives
  • Search

That is because you’ve configured Semiologic SEO to assist you in fighting duplicate content on your site.