Remove & add a sidebar with Genesis layout extras

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Remove & add a sidebar with Genesis layout extras

Using Genesis Layout Options for removing and adding a sidebar

Did you know that most of Genesis Themes come with additional built-in Genesis layout extras? They allow you to modify your design without touching its code. This tutorial will show you how to access the Genesis layout options and remove or add a sidebar to your post and pages.

Genesis Layout Extras

There are two ways of disabling (or turning on) sidebar on your site. You can set it up for all posts and pages on your site at once or you can remove/add a sidebar just for one specific post or page. No matter which option you choose, you can always return to those settings later and revert them. Because of that, you do not need to worry about messing something up.


Sidebar settings for all posts and pages

Firstly, to change the sidebar settings across your entire site, go to your WordPress Dashboard. From there, navigate to the left tabs, pick Genesis, and the Theme Options.

Genesis Theme Settings

You should now see the WordPress Customization section in the new window. With a preview of your theme on the right and Genesis Layout Options on the left.

For the sidebar settings, go to the Site Layout tab.

Site Layout option in Genesis theme settings

Once clicked, it will give you access to a drop-down menu with all the layout options your theme has. Our WordPress premade themes come with a full-width layout and the one with the right sidebar. You can see it on the screens from Clara theme in this post.

Genesis Layout Options

Pick the layout you like and hit the Publish button at the top. Now all the posts and pages will be using the format of your choice.


Sidebar setting for one post or page

Sometimes, you need to turn off the sidebar for just one of your posts or pages. It is relatively easy to do with Genesis. With the new Gutenberg post and page editor, Genesis options can be found in the top right corner of your post or page edition screen.

Accessing genesis layout options from the post edition screen.

After clicking, it will change the right panel to Genesis layout options. To switch it back to the Document or Block view, you will need to click the cogwheel next to the Genesis icon.

Genesis Layout Options

Genesis panel on your post or page edition screen will have the same drop-down menu with the layout settings. The layout you will choose here will work only for this specific post or page so you can use it whenever you need a different view for your content.


I hope this tutorial was helpful! If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below.