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WordPress: How to enable widgets in your custom theme

This is probably in the WordPress documentation but to enable widgets in your own customized theme, do this:

... rest of PHP and HTML code in your here ...
<div id="sidebar">
        <?php if ( ! dynamic_sidebar( 'primary-widget-area' ) ) : ?>
            <li> id="gray_box">
                <?php get_search_form(); ?>
        <?php endif; ?>

After doing that, go to your WP-Admin page and drag-and-drop widgets. The widgets page is found in Appearance > Widgets .

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