Multiple Widgetized Areas Using an Array of Names

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Are you looking for a way to enable multiple widgetized areas without all the repetitive code? While there’s probably a plugin for this, we have created a quick code snippet that you can use to enable multiple widgetized areas using an array of names in WordPress.


All you have to do is add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin:

if ( function_exists('register_sidebar') ) {

    $allWidgetizedAreas = array("Homepage Left", "Homepage Right", "Sidebar One", "Movies", "Admin");

    foreach ($allWidgetizedAreas as $WidgetAreaName) {
           'name'=> $WidgetAreaName,
           'before_widget' => '<div id="%1$s" class="widget %2$s left half">',
           'after_widget' => '</div>',
           'before_title' => '<h3 class="widgettitle">',
           'after_title' => '</h3>',

Note: If this is your first time adding code snippets in WordPress, then please refer to our guide on how to properly add code snippets in WordPress, so you don’t accidentally break your site.

If you liked this code snippet, please consider checking out our other articles on the site like: 9 best WordPress events plugins and how to fix the error establishing database connection in WordPress.

Comments   Leave a Reply

  1. This is a great snippet. I’d need to add a separate description for each. How would I do that?

  2. Really useful snippet! Thanks!

  3. Jason Crunch Pixels May 17, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Thanks for this snippet – it just saved me from having to repeat code for 12 sidebars

    1. no problem Jason,  glad I could help.

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