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What is the best way to add data support to sidebars on specific pages?


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I am a long-time PHP/javascript developer, but I am just getting my feet wet with XenForo. The code in it is beautifully structured so I want to make sure I keep my XF development within that structure.

So far, I have been able to do most things with minor code tweaks, template modifications and css. Some things though will require me to dive further into the code. I have added the sidebar to several (not all) pages. I need to show ads, but I also want to use it to show content (data) that's not normally available there.

For example, if I wanted to add the users online to a sidebar on the forum and thread view pages, what should I do or where should I start researching to make that information available for the sidebar on those pages?

I am looking to do this with other data as well, but I hope that once I figure out how to do it with one set of data that I can use the same concept elsewhere.