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  • Kristina Harmsworth added a new discussion topic Adding widgets to the wire sidebar in the group Beginning Developers
    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...
    • 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.