Best set-up of Theme and Layout Settings

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    Converted my site to Executive.

    When I started, I set the Default Layout in the Genesis > Theme Settings to the header-content (no sidebar) choice. Of course, when I got to my blog page there was no sidebar. So I tried changing the Blog page Layout Settings to the header-content-sidebar style. This didn’t override the default theme setting for layout style.

    Next, I changed the Theme Settings to a sidebar layout style. Then I went through all page except the Blog page and changed each page’s Layout Settings to the header-content layout. This worked.

    Did I do this the right way? I would’ve thought that making the default layout style for the theme the header-content style would be best and then just change the Blog page’s layout. I’m guessing that didn’t work has to do with the page architecture and the sidebar widget requiring a theme wide sidebar layout side.

    Any thoughts on this?


    The way you did it is fine, though it will be a bit inconvenient moving forward since you’ll have to remember to change the layout for any new pages. Here’s an easier way to use the content/sidebar layout on only the blog.

    Robin Cornett has a great tutorial for setting up a custom blog template in your child theme:

    If you’re using the older, non-Pro version of Executive, here’s her older post:

    Then to force the content/sidebar layout on individual blog posts, add this to your functions.php:

    // Force sidebar on blog posts
    add_filter( 'genesis_pre_get_option_site_layout', 'nabm_force_layout' );
    function nabm_force_layout( $opt ) {
        if ( is_single() ) { 
            $opt = 'content-sidebar';
            return $opt;

    Hope that helps!

    Andrea Whitmer, Owner, Nuts and Bolts Media
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