Custom Widget Area for Home page – Agency Theme

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    Greg W

    Hi Everyone

    I am trying to work out the right way to add a custom widget to my home page for the Agency theme. I want to be able to put in a regular content area that sits  in between the 3 home widgets and above the footer widgets.

    I have already registered my new widget. I tried using hooks but I need to get in between the home widgets and the footer widget areas.

    My regsiter code:
    genesis_register_sidebar( array(
    ‘id’ => ‘home-featured-content’,
    ‘name’ => __( ‘Home Featured Content’, ‘agency’ ),
    ‘description’ => __( ‘This is the home featured content section.’, ‘agency’ ),
    ) );
    I tried putting my code for the widget inside function agency_home_loop_helper() and it works but I am not sure if this is the best way to do this.

    Here is where I put my code:

    function agency_home_loop_helper() {

    if ( is_active_sidebar( ‘home-left’ ) || is_active_sidebar( ‘home-middle’ ) || is_active_sidebar( ‘home-right’ ) ) {

    echo ‘<div id=”home”>';

    echo ‘<div class=”home-left”>';
    dynamic_sidebar( ‘home-left’ );
    echo ‘</div><!– end .home-left –>';

    echo ‘<div class=”home-middle”>';
    dynamic_sidebar( ‘home-middle’ );
    echo ‘</div><!– end .home-middle –>';

    echo ‘<div class=”home-right”>';
    dynamic_sidebar( ‘home-right’ );
    echo ‘</div><!– end .home-right –>';

    echo ‘</div><!– end #home –>';


    // ———————————— code for my custom widget to show here
    if ( is_active_sidebar( ‘home-featured-content’ ) ) {
    echo ‘<div id=”home-featured-content”>';
    dynamic_sidebar( ‘home-featured-content’ );
    echo ‘</div><!– end .home-featured –>';


    Should I add a new structural wrap? If I do, how would I target this in my home.php file? The examples I have tried so far only allow for ‘before’ or ‘after’ or putting it in to an existing function.

    Any help would be appreciated.




    You can add it to a custom function in your child theme.

    You’d need to add a conditional tag and use different code.

    is_home() or is_front_page()

    Here’s some sample code:

    You can change the hook location. Here’s visual reference of where the hooks output your widget content

    More code for custom widgets and Genesis child theme customization

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