My latest puzzle re 2011 has to do with how you lay out widgets on various templates.
The blog I am working on to try stuff out is http://jasminejenson.wordpress.com
My front page uses 2011's showcase template, and when I go to appearance/widgets there is a Showcase Sidebar box showing in the RHS that I can drag widgets into. This is good. I have dragged a Subscription and an Archive widget into there, and it works just fine. Fab.
I also have a few static pages, for example the Event listing page (which uses the sidebar template). You can get at this page via the menu bar. As you can see this page has two widgets on it: an Archive by month widget (n.b. with a different layout from the Showcase sidebar version), and a Meta widget for admin. How did these widgets get there and how can I get rid of 'em and replace them with widgets of my own choosing? When I go to Appearance/Widgets, there is a Main Sidebar box which is empty, so I can't use that to get rid of them, or, it would seem, to add new ones.
There must be a way in to this but I can't figure it out. On the Widgets page you have a choice of Showcase Sidebar, Main Sidebar, and bunch of Footers. The Showcase Sidebar seems to only apply to the Showcase template, which is fair enough. You can put Showcase Ephemera into it, or you can put ordinary Widgets. But what are the rules which govern the widgets which appear on pages with other templates, if you have a site which uses multiple templates (as is going to be likely with 2011), and what is the process for accessing configuration?
Any 2011 ninjas out there have words of advice?
The blog I need help with is jasminejenson.wordpress.com.