How to use the Sidebar of your website.
By now you know what the Sidebar is, you just want to know how best to use it. In this tutorial, we'll discuss position of the Sidebar, best practices for adding content to your Sidebar, and show some examples of well-designed Sidebars.
The location of the Sidebar is determined by which layout you choose. Some layouts put the Sidebar on the left, right, or the bottom of the page. While it is not possible to remove the Sidebar from your site completely, if you choose a layout where the Sidebar is on the bottom, you can essentially hide it by not adding any elements there.
Here is a list of layouts with Sidebars on the bottom:
- New York
- Rio de Janeiro
Sidebar Best Practices
The Sidebar of your site is a great place to add contact information, business hours, links to your social media profiles, and anything else you want your visitors to have easy access to, no matter what page they land on.
Make sure your visitors know how to get in touch with you. Add a Heading element to the Sidebar and a Text element with your phone number, email, and address where you can be reached if your customers want to get ahold of you regarding your products, services, or anything else.
If you run a business with a physical location where your customers may need to visit you, be sure to put your hours of operation in the Sidebar so they will know when they can drop by.
If you have a Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or any other social media profile for your business, the Sidebar is a great place to link to those. You can download the official logos from each social network's site and upload them individually to Photo elements, or as a group to a Photo Gallery element. Then turn them into links to each of your corresponding profiles.
You may also want to add the Share Buttons element to the Sidebar so that anyone can click them to share your content with their followers.
Share buttons will only work properly in the Sidebar to share that specific page if they are added to a Columns element.
Of course, it's up to you how you want to use the Sidebar on your website, but here are three examples of how exisitng users have used the Sidebar on their sites: