Custom Sidebars and Wordpress 5.6
Ned Benton writes:
A question [about] Custom Sidebars and Wordpress 5.6. Custom sidebars allows me to have different sidebars for different sections of a website, and in NESRI (Northeast Slavery Records Index) I use them for the states, so I can land on a state-specific set of pages or posts.
In a private side, Wordpress 5.6 discontinued support for this widget in favor of a new “block based widget screen” which I cannot figure out. So on my private site I installed a widget that disables the new feature and allows the old widget to work.
My concern is that if this happens on CUNY Commons, I won’t have the ability to do the workaround I did on my private site.
Do you all have a plan about this?
Incidentally I am gradually replacing the Northeast Slavery Records Index with the Northeast Slavery Records Index which includes the northeast states. It also has a robust new reporting system. (I will let you know when I want to officially close the NY Slavery Records Index site.
To see what is happening…
On the sidebar select Suffolk County
You can select any state, county and City/Town and you get a custom report generated on the fly. We do Maine to New Jersey.
#2 Updated by Marilyn Weber 29 days ago
Here's his reply:
"I am familiar with the classic widgets workaround and will use it for the time being.
On the file sizes, I have some huge documents like “Documents illustrative of the history of the slave trade to America.” One volume can be 110 megabytes, but I can break them up into sections.
My goal is to have the NESRI site exist for a long time under the direction of future co-directors. I am trying to make to technically simplified so that future director are not searching round to locate documents searching in off-site hosting entities.
This is a profoundly important project and resource.