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Add custom sidebar block

Discussion in 'Template Modifications [Archive]' started by Trombones13, Dec 9, 2010.

  1. Trombones13

    Trombones13 Well-Known Member

    I figured this would be complicated, but it's actually a pretty easy edit to make. :D I didn't already see a guide for this, so:

    1. Make a custom template (any title is fine):
    <div class="section">
    	<div class="secondaryContent">
    2. Open template PAGE_CONTAINER and find {xen:raw $sidebar}. Just below that (before the closing div tag), add:
    <xen:include template="name_of_your_custom_template" />
    That should be it! The block will appear at the bottom of the sidebar. If you want it to appear just below the visitor_panel block, but above the Staff/Members Online Now blocks, move the xen:include tag one line up, above {xen:raw $sidebar}. :)


    To choose an alternate location to place your sidebar block(s), please see this post. :)
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  2. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Kurt do you have a screenshot or live demo of the finished "product"?
  3. DaKat

    DaKat Well-Known Member

    I'd like to see it, too!
  4. Trombones13

    Trombones13 Well-Known Member

    I'll take a screenshot later, but I'm using it in the "Get Social" block here.
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  5. Blandt

    Blandt Well-Known Member

    Kurt .. you are my favorite member :D ...
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  6. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Traitor... :(

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  7. Trombones13

    Trombones13 Well-Known Member

    D'aww, thanks. :D
  8. Blandt

    Blandt Well-Known Member

    hahahahaha :D

    look at what Kurt says : quote " I figured this would be complicated, but it's actually a pretty easy edit to make. :D "

    ... and he took the time to post his discovery :)
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  9. EQnoble

    EQnoble Well-Known Member

    Spankx for this buddy, I'll put it to good use :) Carry on...
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  10. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    I am proud of you. :D
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  11. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    Well done. I took a screenshot and your more than free to add it into your post. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  12. ddmmh

    ddmmh Well-Known Member

    Hi Trombones,

    Newbie question. When the template is made how is it saved? Php, txt? And where is it stored so I can may call it up with the other code? thanks.
  13. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Good question. You don't save is "as" anything. Just give it a title, with _ in between the words if there's more than one word in the title, and click the save button. It does it all for you. :)
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  14. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Kurt, what if I want to place the block in another position in the sidebar? Like right below the Members Online box.

    How would I do that?
  15. ddmmh

    ddmmh Well-Known Member

    Ahh inside the ACP. Got it, thanks Peggy.
  16. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Oooops, sorry, yes in the ACP.
  17. Trombones13

    Trombones13 Well-Known Member

    XF Sidebar Locations.png
    For all of these edits, the text you're putting in will be <xen:include template="kurt_social" />. Just replace kurt_social with the name of your template.

    1. Below the Visitor Panel (your name, messages, likes, and points):
    Template: forum_list
    Add above: <xen:include template="sidebar_online_users" />

    2. Below "Staff Online Now:"
    Template: sidebar_online_users
    Add above: <!-- block: sidebar_online_users -->

    3. Below "Members Online Now:"
    Template: forum_list
    Add above: <!-- block: forum_stats -->

    4. Below "Forum Statistics:"
    Template: forum_list
    Add below: <!-- end block: forum_stats -->

    5. Below all other sidebar blocks (in this instance, TaigaChat):
    Template: PAGE_CONTAINER
    Add below: <!-- end block: forum_stats --> and any other <xen:include template lines
  18. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Thank you sweetie!
  19. Trombones13

    Trombones13 Well-Known Member

    My previous post has been updated so that your sidebar blocks won't show up in other sidebars (i.e. in conversations). Big thanks to Shadab for the help. :D
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  20. Travis

    Travis Active Member

    Sorry if I'm blind,but where? I don't see it!

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