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two widgetareas for a page


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15 February 2009 at 6:24pm Community Member, 395 Posts

I need to have two sidebars, and two widgetareas for them.

but when I add the two WidgetAreaEditors, the second WidgetAreaEditor doesn't work. I just try to check what has happened and I found that both the WidgetAreaEditors use the same ID WidgetAreaEditor_availableWidgets.

has anyone got a solution for this?


18 February 2010 at 8:03pm Community Member, 9 Posts

Maybe it will be useful for someone.
The only way to have two sidebars I found at the moment is:

  • Create 2 new classes like:

    class SidebarOne extends Page {
       static $db = array();
       static $has_one= array(
          "SideBar" => "WidgetArea",
    class SidebarTwo extends Page {
       static $db = array();
       static $has_one= array(
          "SideBar" => "WidgetArea",

  • Then you can get them with (put this in Page_Controller):

    /*** Get Widgets to show 'em on a page*/
    public function GetSidebarOne(){
    return DataObject::get_one("SidebarOne");
    public function GetSidebarTwo(){
    return DataObject::get_one("SidebarTwo");

  • In templates use smth like:

    <% if GetSidebarOne %>
       <% control GetSidebarOne %>
       <% end_control %>
    <% end_if %>

Not sure if it is the best way, but nevertheless.