Primary Sidebar

The Primary Sidebar is the main sidebar for your site. By default, it is displayed beside the content area as seen in the screenshot below:

The sidebar is shown on the following page layouts:

  • Content Sidebar
  • Sidebar Content
  • Sidebar Content Sidebar
  • Sidebar Sidebar Content
  • Content Sidebar Sidebar

Any of the first 5 layouts in the screenshot below will show the primary sidebar:

See the screen recording below as a demonstration on how to change a page layout:

Adding Widgets

To add widgets to the sidebar, navigate to Appearance > Widgets and drag and drop widgets into the Primary Sidebar widget area, as shown in the screen recording below:

Customizing the Sidebar

Once you have added some widgets to the Primary Sidebar, you are ready to begin customizing the appearance. To customize the appearance of the Primary Sidebar, navigate to Appearance > Customize > Genesis Customizer > Sidebars > Primary Sidebar.


Various color settings to change the color of the sidebar and the sidebar widgets.


Font settings to change the fonts of the sidebar and widgets.


Change the width of the sidebar and the spacing between widgets.

Widget Shadow

Controls the box shadow for widgets in the Primary Sidebar.