Understrap Entry Footer Widget Area

How to add a new custom Widget Area to an Understrap Child Theme

First simply register a new widget by adding this code within “functions.php”:

/**
 * Registers the "authors" widget area.
 */
add_action( 'widgets_init', 'authors_widgets_init' );
function authors_widgets_init() {
	
	register_sidebar( array(
  'id'            => 'authors',
  'name'          => __( 'Authors', 'understrap' ),
  'description'   => __( 'Widgets in this area will be shown after posts and pages for the purpose of listing the co-authors and date of publishing.', 'understrap' ),
  'before_widget' => '<aside id="%1$s" class="widget %2$s">',
  'after_widget'  => '</aside>',
  'before_title'  => '<h3 class="widget-title">',
  'after_title'   => '</h3>',
) );
}

Heres the widget area resulting from that code:

Show widget area in entry-footer of all posts & pages

Next to make your new custom Widget Area appear in the “entry-footer”.

This means below pages, posts and even under each post in an archive of posts.

How to show widget area in entry-footer of all posts

First I imported and then altered the file “inc > template-tags.php” (which you can find and copy from the Understrap parent theme).

Before:

/**
 * Prints HTML with meta information for the categories, tags and comments.
 */
if ( ! function_exists( 'understrap_entry_footer' ) ) {
	function understrap_entry_footer() {
		// Hide category and tag text for pages.
		if ( 'post' === get_post_type() ) {
			/* translators: used between list items, there is a space after the comma */
			$categories_list = get_the_category_list( esc_html__( ', ', 'understrap' ) );
			if ( $categories_list && understrap_categorized_blog() ) {
				/* translators: %s: Categories of current post */
				printf( '<span class="cat-links">' . esc_html__( 'Posted in %s', 'understrap' ) . '</span>', $categories_list ); // WPCS: XSS OK.
			}
			/* translators: used between list items, there is a space after the comma */
			$tags_list = get_the_tag_list( '', esc_html__( ', ', 'understrap' ) );
			if ( $tags_list ) {
				/* translators: %s: Tags of current post */
				printf( '<span class="tags-links">' . esc_html__( 'Tagged %s', 'understrap' ) . '</span>', $tags_list ); // WPCS: XSS OK.
			}
		}
		if ( ! is_single() && ! post_password_required() && ( comments_open() || get_comments_number() ) ) {
			echo '<span class="comments-link">';
			comments_popup_link( esc_html__( 'Leave a comment', 'understrap' ), esc_html__( '1 Comment', 'understrap' ), esc_html__( '% Comments', 'understrap' ) );
			echo '</span>';
		}
		edit_post_link(
			sprintf(
				/* translators: %s: Name of current post */
				esc_html__( 'Edit %s', 'understrap' ),
				the_title( '<span class="screen-reader-text">"', '"</span>', false )
			),
			'<span class="edit-link">',
			'</span>'
		);
	}
}

After:


/**
 * Prints HTML with meta information for the categories, tags and comments.
 */
if ( ! function_exists( 'understrap_entry_footer' ) ) {
	function understrap_entry_footer() {
		// Hide category and tag text for pages.
		if ( 'post' === get_post_type() ) {
			/* translators: used between list items, there is a space after the comma */
			$categories_list = get_the_category_list( esc_html__( ', ', 'understrap' ) );
			if ( $categories_list && understrap_categorized_blog() ) {
				/* translators: %s: Categories of current post */
				printf( '<span class="cat-links">' . esc_html__( 'Posted in %s', 'understrap' ) . '</span>', $categories_list ); // WPCS: XSS OK.
			}
			/* translators: used between list items, there is a space after the comma */
			$tags_list = get_the_tag_list( '', esc_html__( ', ', 'understrap' ) );
			if ( $tags_list ) {
				/* translators: %s: Tags of current post */
				printf( '<span class="tags-links">' . esc_html__( 'Tagged %s', 'understrap' ) . '</span>', $tags_list ); // WPCS: XSS OK.
			}
		}
		
		
		/**
		 * adds the "authors" widget area!!!
		 */
		if ( !function_exists( 'dynamic_sidebar' ) || !dynamic_sidebar('authors') )
		
		
		if ( ! is_single() && ! post_password_required() && ( comments_open() || get_comments_number() ) ) {
			echo '<span class="comments-link">';
			comments_popup_link( esc_html__( 'Leave a comment', 'understrap' ), esc_html__( '1 Comment', 'understrap' ), esc_html__( '% Comments', 'understrap' ) );
			echo '</span>';
		}
		edit_post_link(
			sprintf(
				/* translators: %s: Name of current post */
				esc_html__( 'Edit %s', 'understrap' ),
				the_title( '<span class="screen-reader-text">"', '"</span>', false )
			),
			'<span class="edit-link">',
			'</span>'
		);
	}
}

How to remove entry footers from posts in post archives

Next I imported and then altered the file “loop-templates > content.php”.

Here I simply commented out this code:

<?php understrap_entry_footer(); ?>

How to show widget area in “entry-footer” of pages

Finally I imported and then altered the file “loop-templates > content-page.php”.

Before:

	<footer class="entry-footer">

		<?php edit_post_link( __( 'Edit', 'understrap' ), '<span class="edit-link">', '</span>' ); ?>

	</footer><!-- .entry-footer -->

After:

	<footer class="entry-footer">
		
		<?php
  if ( !function_exists( 'dynamic_sidebar' ) || !dynamic_sidebar('authors') )
?>

		<?php edit_post_link( __( 'Edit', 'understrap' ), '<span class="edit-link">', '</span>' ); ?>

	</footer><!-- .entry-footer -->

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