How to add a Sidebar?

Hello, I am using the Facebook theme (http://community.elgg.org/pg/plugins/project/723329/developer/ewinslow/facebook-theme-for-elgg-18) 1.8, however I have no idea how to add a sidebar?. I've tried various plugins, but all are not suited for 1.8. I have also contemplated downgrading to 1.7, however HostGATOR has issues with 1.7 so installation failed.

I wish to add widgets for example friends, messages etc on the sidebar.

I would appreciate if someone suggested a way to add widgets on the sidebar through the Admin Panel or atleast propose a plugin for this to be done.

PS: Do we have to edit view/default or mod/facebook_theme to actually modify the navigation of the facebook template? Elgg is confusing as a beginner.

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