How to remove widget areas from the backend?

You might want to remove a widget area from the backend, because it is not needed for your child theme. Or you don’t want a customer to mess with it.

Just copy the following code into your child theme’s functions.php:

function remove_widgetized_area($content) {
	unset($content['Secondary Aside']);
	return $content;
add_filter('thematic_widgetized_areas', 'remove_widgetized_area');

Here’s a list of the default widget areas:

  • ‘Primary Aside’
  • ‘Secondary Aside’
  • ’1st Subsidiary Aside’
  • ’2nd Subsidiary Aside’
  • ’3rd Subsidiary Aside’
  • ‘Index Top’
  • ‘Index Insert’
  • ‘Index Bottom’
  • ‘Single Top’
  • ‘Single Insert’
  • ‘Single Bottom’
  • ‘Page Top’
  • ‘Page Bottom’

Please use the ThemeShaper Forums for any further questions.

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One Comment

  1. Posted February 24, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    If you want to remove ALL sidebars, just make the function return null:

    function remove_widgetized_area($content) {
    return null;

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