Adding widgets to the wire sidebar

Hi guys

I have just started to use this and so far I have found most of it easy but I can't find out how to put widgets onto The Wire sidebar.

I am using The Wire as my front page so need to have things like groups, Tags, Friends

Thanks in advance


  • I guess that you've meant 'Owner block' menu, right?

    This menu is displayed in the user' or group' context only.  

    So you can see it on 'thewire/owner/username' page clicking on 'Mine' tab.

    But you can extend this view on sidebar, or override thewire' sidebar view.

  • You can extend the sidebar content of the pages of the Wire plugin to have additional content in the sidebar.

    You would extend the sidebar by creating a plugin that has the following line of code in it's init function in start.php or you could add this line in some customization plugin / your theme plugin:

    elgg_extend_view('thewire/sidebar', 'my_plugin/sidebar');

    And then you would have to add the view mod/my_plugin/views/default/my_plugin/sidebar.php (assuming "my_plugin" is the name of the plugin you add the move to):

    $list_params = [
        'type' => 'object',
        'limit' => 4,
        'full_view' => false,
        'list_type_toggle' => false,
        'pagination' => false,
    if (elgg_is_active_plugin('blog')) {
        $list_params['subtype'] = 'blog';
        $blogs = elgg_list_entities($list_params);
        echo elgg_view_module('aside', elgg_echo('custom:blogs'), $blogs);
    if (elgg_is_active_plugin('groups')) {
        $list_params['type'] = 'group';
        $groups = elgg_list_entities($list_params);
        echo elgg_view_module('aside', elgg_echo('custom:groups'), $groups);
    $friends = elgg_list_entities_from_relationship([
        'type' => 'user',
        'relationship' => 'friend',
        'relationship_guid' => elgg_get_logged_in_user_guid(),
        'limit' => 4,
        'size' => 'tiny',
        'list_type' => 'gallery',
        'pagination' => false,
        'no_results' => elgg_echo('friends:none'),
    echo elgg_view_module('aside', elgg_echo('friends:yours'), $friends);

    This view would add "aside" modules to the sidebar for latest blogs, groups and a user's friends. You can add other modules for other type of content in a simolar way. For the tags I think you wouldn't have to add anything as the tagcloud is already added to the sidebar by the Tagcloud plugin where it's suitable.

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