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two widgetareas for a page

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Community Member, 400 Posts

15 February 2009 at 6:24pm

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?


Community Member, 9 Posts

18 February 2010 at 8:03pm

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.