How to Manage Sidebars in Free Astra Theme?

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How to Manage Sidebars in Free Astra Theme?

With Astra you get three Sidebar options – right sidebar, left sidebar, and an option that disables the sidebar. You can manage Sidebars in two ways.

Quick Steps on How to Manage Sidebars on Your Website
Step 1: Find the Sidebar Options under the customizer [ Appearance > Customize > Sidebar ] to edit Sidebar Options globally.
Step 2: Or manage the Sidebar Options on particular Pages and Posts from the Meta Settings.

Manage Sidebar globally in the customizer

Step 1 – You can find settings under Appearance > Customize > Sidebar;

Step 2 – To make your sidebar visible, you will need to set the Right or Left Sidebar in the appropriate dropdown menu;

Enable Sidebar, Astra 3.0+

You can set a sidebar for the entire site at the Default Layout dropdown menu. Also, you can set a sidebar individually for individual locations: Pages, Blog Posts, and Archives.

To disable the sidebar on any of these locations, select the “No Sidebar” option in the dropdown menu.

Step 3 – Once at least one of your sidebars (left/right) is set, you can adjust the sidebar width. You can set the percentage of your content area that the sidebar would take:

Sidebar Width, Astra 3.0+

Step 4 – Finally, navigate to Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets to add items to your sidebar.

That’s it. Your sidebar is ready now.


If you followed the above-mentioned steps and you still don’t see the sidebar, please check your sidebars. Here, it’s possible that there you didn’t add any widgets to your sidebar. You can set this in the Customizer by navigating to Customize > Widgets.

You can also check the FAQs at the bottom of this article.

Additional Sidebar Options

With Astra Pro, you can activate the addons for integrated plugins like WooCommerce, LifterLMS, LearnDash, etc. These add-ons can be activated at Appearance > Astra Options > Astra Pro Modules. As a result, you will see additional options to manage dedicated sidebars in your Customizer:

WooCommerce Sidebar, Astra 3.0+

Managing sidebar for particular pages or posts

Astra also allows you to manage sidebars for a particular page or post through the meta settings.


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