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Choosing to add a sidebar to your blog posts is entirely up to you. Some bloggers choose to not use a sidebar at all. This tutorial is for those of you who prefer using a sidebar but want to make it look a little different. Usually, sidebars are statically positioned, but if the post content is long, that means the reader will have to scroll back up to see the sidebar.

In this blog post template design, we’ve created a full-height fixed sidebar that stays in place while scrolling down the post content. While recreating the tutorial, keep two tabs open inside your browser: one for the theme builder and another for a blog post preview. This way you can see the changes as you go.

Let’s get started!

Preview

Before we start, let’s take a look at the full-height fixed sidebar.

Desktop

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Mobile

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Create Sidebar Widget

Before getting started with the full-height fixed sidebar template, create a custom sidebar widget. We’ll, later on, include this in our sidebar inside the template.

Open Widget Builder

Click on ‘Appearance’ and select ‘Widgets.’

Add Elements To Sidebar Widget

Drag the ‘Recent Posts’ and ‘Categories’ elements into the sidebar widget.

Adjust Element Settings In Widget

Choose to show only 3 recent posts and add a title. Add a title to the categories widget too and don’t forget to click ‘Save’ on both boxes when you’re done.

  • Recent Posts Title: Read More:
  • Categories Title: Browse

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2. Get Started With The Theme Builder

Open Theme Builder / Add New Template

It’s time to start recreating the fixed full-height sidebar template! First, open your theme builder and add a new template.

Set Template Settings

In the template settings, select ‘All Blog Posts’. If you like to use the template for a specific category or tag, modify the template settings accordingly.

Add Custom Body

Then, click on ‘Add Custom Body’.

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Select Build Custom Body

We’ll recreate this template from scratch, so go ahead and pick ‘Build Custom Body’.

Build From Scratch

Once inside the visual builder, select the option to build from scratch once more.

Recreate The Template With Full-Height Fixed Sidebar

Section Settings

Background

Open the existing section inside your template editor and add a gradient background.

  • Background Gradient
    • Color 1: White #ffffff
    • Color 2: Light Grey #eaeaea

Spacing

Add some padding too.

  • Top Padding: 55px

Add New Row

Column Structure

Now add a row with a 3/4 – 1/4 column structure.

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Sizing

Adjust the sizing of the row as follows.

  • Custom Gutter Width: 2
  • Width:
    • Desktop and Tablet: 90%
    • Phone: 100%
  • Max Width:
    • Desktop: 1920px
  • Min Height: 100vh

Column 1 Settings

Spacing

Before adding modules, adjust the column settings. Column 1 first.

  • Left and Right Padding
    • Tablet: 2%
    • Phone: 8%

Column 2 Settings

Background

Then, add a background color to column 2.

  • Background Color: White #ffffff

Spacing

Include some spacing too.

  • Left and Right Padding
    • Desktop: 3%
    • Tablet and Phone: 14%

Border

Give the column rounded corners next.

  • Rounded Corners
    • Tablet and Desktop: 15px

Custom CSS

Move over to the advanced tab and add some CSS code lines to the main element. This will help us create the full-height sidebar on desktop.

  • Main Element
    • min-height: 100%
min-height: 100%;

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Position

Last but not least, to create the fixed sidebar effect, add a fixed position to the column.

  • Position
    • Desktop: Fixed
    • Tablet and Phone: Default
  • Location: Top Right

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Add Post Title Module #1

Elements

Time to add modules! Start with a first post title module in column 1 and enable the title only.

  • Show Title: Yes

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Dynamic Background Image

Then, go to the background settings and use the featured image as a dynamic background image.

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Title Text

Style the title text settings.

  • Title Font: Bai Jamjuree
  • Title Font Style: Uppercase
  • Title Text Color: #e98074
  • Title Text Size:
    • Desktop: 45px
    • Tablet: 35px
    • Phone: 25px
  • Title Letter Spacing: 3px
  • Title Line Height: 1.3em

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Spacing

Then, add some custom top and bottom padding.

  • Top Padding: 20%
  • Bottom Padding: 20%

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Border

Include some rounded corners too.

  • All Corners: 15px

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Title CSS

And complete the module settings by adding three lines of CSS code to the module’s title element in the advanced tab.

background-color: rgba(255,255,255,0.56);
padding-top: 2%;
padding-bottom: 2%;

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Add Post Title Module #2

Elements

Now add another post title module. Select the following elements.

  • Meta
  • Author
  • Post Categories

Meta Text

Open the design tab and style the meta text.

  • Font: Bai Jamjuree
  • Weight: Medium
  • Color: Grey #8e8d8a
  • Size
    • Desktop: 20px
    • Tablet and Phone: 15px
  • Letter Spacing: 2px

Sizing

Adjust the sizing too.

  • Width: 90%
  • Module Alignment: Center

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Spacing

Complete this module’s settings with some spacing.

  • Top Padding: 15px

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Add Post Content Module

Background

Add a post content module with a white background next.

  • Background Color: White #ffffff

Text

Now, style the body text.

  • Font: Lato
  • Color: Grey #8e8d8a
  • Size: 16px

Heading Text

Continue by styling all the heading text styles.

  • H1
    • Font: Bai Jamjuree
    • Weight: Medium
    • Color: Coral #e98074
    • Size
      • Desktop: 45px
      • Tablet: 33px
      • Phone: 30px
    • Letter Spacing: 1px
  • H2
    • Font: Bai Jamjuree
    • Weight: Medium
    • Color: Coral #e98074
    • Size
      • Desktop: 35px
      • Tablet and Phone: 25px
    • Letter Spacing: 1px
  • H3
    • Font: Bai Jamjuree
    • Weight: Regular
    • Color: Dark Grey #606060
    • Size
      • Desktop: 25px
      • Tablet and Phone: 22px
    • Letter Spacing: 1px
  • H4
    • Font: Bai Jamjuree
    • Weight: Regular
    • Color: Dark Grey #606060
    • Size
      • Desktop: 22px
      • Tablet: 20px
      • Phone: 18px
    • Letter Spacing: 1px
  • H5
    • Font: Bai Jamjuree
    • Weight: Medium
    • Color: Dark Grey #606060
    • Size: 16px
    • Letter Spacing: 1px
  • H6
    • Font: Bai Jamjuree
    • Weight: Regular
    • Color: Dark Grey #606060
    • Size: 16px
    • Letter Spacing: 1px

Spacing

Add some spacing settings too.

  • Top Margin: 40px
  • Top Padding: 10%
  • Bottom Padding: 10%
  • Left Padding: 10%
  • Right Padding: 10%

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Border

Last but not least, add some rounded corners.

  • Rounded Border: 15px

Add Comments Module

Elements

To complete the first column, add a comments module. Enable the following elements:

  • Reply Button
  • Comment Count

Fields

In the design tab, style the fields.

  • Background Color: Light Grey #f7f7f7
  • Text Color: Grey #8e8d8a
  • Font: Bai Jamjuree
  • Text Size: 17px
  • Rounded Corners: 15px

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Comment Count Text

Style the comment count text too.

  • Heading Level: H3
  • Font: Bai Jamjuree
  • Color: Coral #e98074
  • Size: 22px
  • Letter Spacing: 1px

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Form Title Text

Then the form title.

  • Heading Level: H3
  • Font: Bai Jamjuree
  • Color: Coral #e98074
  • Size: 18px
  • Letter Spacing: 1px

Meta Text

Style the meta text as well.

  • Font: Bai Jamjuree
  • Color: #606060
  • Size: 14px
  • Letter Spacing: 1px

Comment Text

Don’t forget the comment text.

  • Font: Bai Jamjuree
  • Size: 1px

Button

Now style the buttons.

  • Custom Styles
  • Text Size: 18px
  • Text Color: White #ffffff
  • Background Color: Coral #e98074
  • Button Border Radius: 15px
  • Button Font: Bai Jamjuree

Sizing

Adjust the row sizing too.

  • Width: 90%

Spacing

As well as the spacing settings.

  • Top Padding: 8%
  • Left and Right Padding: 4%

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Add Person Module

Text

Move on to the fixed sidebar column and add a person module.

  • Name: Dynamic Post Author
  • Before: Written By:

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Title Text

In the design tab, style the heading text as follows:

  • Heading Level: H4
  • Font: Bai Jamjuree
  • Color: Coral #e98074
  • Size: 2vh
  • Letter Spacing: 2px

Sizing

Adjust the sizing next.

  • Min Height:
    • Desktop: 3vh
    • Tablet and Phone: auto
  • Max Height:
    • Desktop: 3vh
    • Tablet and Phone: auto

Spacing

Add some custom spacing too.

  • Top Margin
    • Desktop: 6vh
    • Tablet and Phone: 10vh

Add Image Module

Image

Now, add an image module. Select dynamic content for the author’s picture.

  • Image: Dynamic Author Profile Picture

Alignment

Move over to the design tab and choose the following alignment:

  • Image Alignment: Left

Sizing

Adjust the size of the module next.

  • Max Width: 15vh
  • Module Alignment: Left
  • Max Height
    • Desktop: 15vh

Border

Finally, add some rounded corners to the border settings.

  • Rounder Corners: 15px

Add Sidebar Module

Content

Now it’s time to add the sidebar widgets using the sidebar module.

  • Widget Area: Sidebar

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Layout

Adjust the layout first.

  • Show Border Separator: No

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Title Text

Modify the title text settings next.

  • Font: Bai Jamjuree
  • Weight: Medium
  • Color: Coral #e98074
  • Size: 2vh
  • Letter Spacing: 2px

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Body Text

Continue with the body text.

  • Font: Bai Jamjuree
  • Weight: Light
  • Color: Dark Grey #7f7f7f
  • Hover Color: Coral #e98074
  • Size: 1.5vh
  • Letter Spacing: 1px
  • Line Height: 1.8em

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Sizing

Adjust the sizing of the module too.

  • Min Height
    • Desktop: 12vh
    • Tablet and Phone: auto
  • Max Height
    • Desktop: 12vh
    • Tablet and Phone: auto

Spacing

Don’t forget to add a some spacing.

  • Top Padding
    • Desktop: 1vh
    • Tablet and Phone: 3vh

Custom CSS

Last but not least, include some CSS code lines in the advanced tab.

  • Widget: padding-bottom: 0vh;
padding-bottom: 0vh;
  • Title: padding-bottom: 2vh;
padding-bottom: 2vh;

Add Email Optin

Text

The next module we need in our sidebar is an email optin module. Add some content of your choice.

  • Title: Updates
  • Button: Subscribe

Email Account

Connect your email to the form next.

  • Service Provider: Your Email Provider
  • List: Your chosen list

Fields

We’re only using the first name field in the fields settings.

  • Show First Name Field

Background

Then, turn off the default background.

  • Use Background Color: No

Layout

Move on to the design tab and modify the layout settings.

  • Layout: Body On Top, Form on Bottom
  • First Name Fullwidth: No
  • Email Fullwidth: No

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Fields

Then, style the fields as follows:

  • Background Color: Light Gre #f7f7f7
  • Text Color: #606060
  • Top and Bottom Padding: 1vh
  • Left Padding: 1vh
  • Font: Bai Jamjuree
  • Text Size: 1.5vh
  • Letter Spacing: 1px
  • Rounded Corners: 15px

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Title Text

Style the title text too.

  • Heading Level: H4
  • Font: Bai Jamjuree
  • Color: Coral #e98074
  • Size: 2vh
  • Letter Spacing: 2px
  • Line Height: 1em

Button

Then, the button.

  • Custom Styles
  • Text Size: 1.5vh
  • Text Color: White #ffffff
  • Background Color: Coral #e98074
  • Border Radius: 15px
  • Letter Spacing: 2px
  • Font: Bai Jamjuree
  • Top and Bottom Padding: 1vh

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Spacing

And complete the module settings and the tutorial by adding some custom spacing values to the module. That’s it! Make sure you save all theme builder changes once you’re done creating the template body.

  • Top Padding
    • Desktop and Tablet: 0vh
  • Bottom Padding
    • Desktop: 2vh
    • Tablet and Phone: 6vh
  • Left and Right Padding
    • Desktop and Tablet: 0vh

Preview

Now that we’ve gone through all the steps, let’s take a final look at the outcome across different screen sizes.

Desktop

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Mobile

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That’s A Wrap!

We’re done recreating the full-height fixed sidebar for your blog post templates. If you downloaded the template from the link above, don’t forget to set up your sidebar widgets as shown in the first part of this tutorial.

Are you a sidebar or no sidebar kind of person? Let us know in the comments if you have any thoughts or questions!