How to Remove the Sidebar in WordPress

Are you looking to get rid of the sidebar from your WordPress site? The sidebar is the widget-ready area in your WordPress theme. We’re here to help you get rid of that widget area on your site to help make your site look how you want.

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Summary of this tutorial:

Some themes such as the genesis theme can have built in methods for removing the sidebar.

Before you edit the files you would first want to look for Theme Options or if there is a setting under Appearance, Customize.

If you don’t have that option you would want to connect to your site with an FTP client and go to your theme’s files found under wp-content/themes

Edit the file you want to remove the sidebar from such as the index.php, page.php, single.php, archive.php, home.php and so on.

When you decide on the file to edit you will want to look for the “?php get_sidebar(); ?” and remove it as well as the brackets around it.

save your file and it should update and remove the area on your site.

However there may still be the area where the widgets belonged that you would need to use CSS to remove that area.

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