How to Use the Sidebar Section
When using Thrive Theme Builder, you can customize all the different sections of your template very easily. This article will explain how you can customize the “Sidebar" Section on a post or page.
When you open the Thrive Theme Builder editor, you can immediately notice the “Main Options” in the left sidebar:
This is where you can specifically choose which section you want to customize. You can do that by clicking on the desired section. In this case, I will click on “Sidebar”:
You can then start to use the options that appear on the left sidebar. The first set of options from the left sidebar is the “Sidebar Section” one:
You can insert a sidebar section that comes with the theme, or you can use one that you have previously saved.
Before doing this, though, make sure that you customize the "Sidebar" section as you wish. For that, you can make modifications to the design of the section. You can add new elements to it, as well.
In order to add elements, you can proceed as you normally would. Click on the plus sign from the right sidebar, which will open a list of all the available elements. Then, drag and drop each element to the "Sidebar" section. The element options will appear in the left sidebar. After you use them to customize each element, you can go back to the "Sidebar" section options by clicking on "Sidebar" in the breadcrumbs:
Then, if you want to use the "Sidebar" section that you have created in more templates, you can do that with the use of the "Save" option.
If you want to save the section, click on the orange “Save” button:
You will then be asked to name the section. Click on "Save to library":
This will save your custom "Sidebar" section, and you will be able to find it under the “My Saved Sidebar Section” tab:
Once you choose another “Sidebar” section, if you click on it on the editor, you will notice three more options:
This is how you can use the three options:
- the "Replace" option takes you back to the same pop-up described here, where you can choose a different sidebar from;
- if you choose "Edit", you will be taken into the "Edit Mode", where you can edit the section and the elements inside it using the options that appear on the left sidebar:
Besides that, you can also add elements to the sidebar, as well.
When you finish editing the sidebar using the "Edit Mode" you can click on "Done", so that you will be taken back to the "Sidebar" section options:
- you can use the "Unlink" option if you want to make modifications to the “Sidebar” section without affecting the other templates, where the same “Sidebar” section is used.
Also, after you choose to use a previously saved , only a few options will be available. However, if you unlink the section, you will be able to use the rest of the options, described below.
Another option that you can use is the "Replace" option. If you want to change the section, click on “Replace”:
This will open a pop-up, which allows you to choose a new sidebar section from the two sources ("Theme Sidebar Sections" and "My Saved Sidebar Sections"):
If you want to select a sidebar section, simply click on it and it will automatically apply:
After you are done choosing the "Sidebar" section, feel free to use the rest of the options in order to further customize it:
Use the other Sidebar Section Options
This option lets you choose whether you want to have a “Sidebar” section or not. It is enabled by default and, if you disable it, the section will be removed.
If you want to do that, click on the switch next to the option
Note: Another way to change the "Visibility" setting is by clicking on the eye icon from the "Main Options" section of the left sidebar:
If you click on it and hide the section, the eye icon will become red, letting you know that the section is not visible. If you want to switch it to visible, simply click on the icon again.
Section Minimum Height
After that, comes the “Section Minimum Height” option, where you can choose the minimum height of the “Sidebar” section. You can do that by using the slider and dragging it from side to side. You can also manually enter a numerical value in the field next to the option:
The next option below the “Section Minimum Height” one is the “Vertical Position” option. You can choose how the “Sidebar” area should be aligned vertically. Choose one of the positions by clicking on the one you prefer:
Next comes the “Position” option. You can decide if the “Sidebar” section should be placed on the left side or on the right side of the post or page. In order to choose the placement, click on the field next to the option:
This will open a small drop down menu, with the two options. Click on the one you prefer:
Section Minimum Width
The last option is the “Section Minimum Width” one. If you want to modify the width of the “Sidebar” section, you can do that by dragging the slider from side to side, or by entering a numerical value in the box next to the slider:
This is how you can customize the “Sidebar” section using the options from the left sidebar. Keep in mind that, besides the options described above, you can also use the rest of the options, such as “Layout & Position” or “Borders & Corners” in order to further customize the section.
If you need more information about the Thrive Theme Builder elements and features, make sure to read the articles from our dedicated Knowledge Base section.
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