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  1. When a reader clicks the comments balloon on one of my posts, the sidebar disappears. I don't want that; I want the sidebar there all the time. But I can't find any way to change it. Can anyone help?

    Thanks.

    /David

    The blog I need help with is blog.techcontracts.com.

  2. Your theme is behaving the way it is coded to behave. Please see here > The workings of Duster / Twenty Eleven > http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2011/05/04/workings-of-duster/

    See also "Multiple Layouts" here:

    The Twenty Eleven theme features three default layouts for your blog. Two of those layouts feature a typical sidebar, either on the left or right of your content. The third layout does away with the sidebar altogether turning Twenty Eleven into a tumblelog theme. It’s perfect for turning your blog into a photolog. http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/twentyeleven/

  3. This is a default feature of Twenty-Eleven: individual posts do not have the sidebar visible, which is why they aren't visible when you go to comment.

    I don't use Twenty-Eleven, so I don't know whether it's possible to change the default, but looking at the theme in my test blog, I could not see any setting for that. Someone who is more experienced with this theme might know of a way to do that. If there's not a way, then you may decide to choose a different theme.

  4. ~~timethief!

  5. Are you saying there's no way to fix this in Twenty Eleven?

    Do you know if Twenty Ten has the same problem?

  6. Twenty-Ten shows the sidebar on individual posts.

  7. @techcontracts
    This is deliberate and does not require "fixing". The days of having sidebars on every page in a blog are behind us now. If you wish to try to change this you will require (1) CSS editing skills and (2) An annually renewable custom design upgrade. http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/

  8. Re: Twenty Ten

    By default, Twenty Ten uses a two-column layout with lots of room for widgets. If you’d like to hide the widgets and focus on the writing for a particular page, just choose the “One column, no sidebar” template. http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/twentyten/

    In either theme you have a choice of layouts that either have or lack sidebars.

  9. In other words, I can't do what I want--have sidebars appear all the time--in Twenty Eleven. But I can in Twenty Ten. Right?

  10. The Twenty Eleven theme features three default layouts for your blog. Two of those layouts feature a typical sidebar, either on the left or right of your content. The third layout does away with the sidebar altogether turning Twenty Eleven into a tumblelog theme. It’s perfect for turning your blog into a photolog. http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/twentyeleven/

    By default, Twenty Ten uses a two-column layout with lots of room for widgets. If you’d like to hide the widgets and focus on the writing for a particular page, just choose the “One column, no sidebar” template. http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/twentyten/

  11. I don't mean to be obtuse, but I'm missing something here.

    Timethief, you pointed out that Twenty Eleven does have default layouts that include a sidebar. I've chosen one of those, yet the sidebar disappears when the reader leaves comments. What I'm trying to figure out is whether there's a way to change that.

    In other words, it's not a question of choosing the right layout. I've already done that. It's a question of keeping that layout on all pages, including comment pages. For some reason, Twenty Eleven is insisting on switching layouts for comments pages. Is there a way to change that?

  12. Hello again,
    I have been searching re: the comments bit to see if I could find any forum threads that address this issue but I'm sorry I have come up empty. I do not know if this behavior is intended or not. I suspect it may be but we need Theme Staff or someone else to confirm this. I will flag this thread so it gets moved to the Themes Forum for you. Then Themes Staff can respond to you there.

  13. panaghiotisadam
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    @techcontracts: When you leave a comment, you're viewing a single post and its comments. Single posts in 2011 don't display the sidebar. If you need some widgets on what you call "the comment pages", you need to put them in the footer widget areas, not the sidebar.

  14. @Panos,
    Thanks.:) I have now removed the flagging.

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