…this may be a dumb question but – when I try to activate widgets I require in either sidebar, they don’t show up. I don’t really want to hard code them in, is there something I’m missing here?
Typically this means your theme doesn’t include the code required to display the sidebars.
You should check that the appropriate template file (index.php for the blog index) includes a call to get_sidebar(), and that your sidebar.php file includes a call to dynamic_sidebar() that often looks something like this:
if ( function_exists(‘dynamic_sidebar’) ) dynamic_sidebar();