How To Fix The Sidebar Shifting Error In A Website?

how to fix the sidebar shifting error

While working with the WordPress platform you may get few problems with your website. There are some cases in which people face sidebar shifting error in their website. There is nothing wrong with your website or the CMS. There are few things to check for solving this error. 

In this tutorial, I am going to guide you about the causes and solutions for them. As you, all know that when we talk about such type of problems then the design of your website is considered as first. You need to check the HTML and CSS of your website theme.

Know And Fix The Sidebar Shifting Problem

Basically, the sidebar of your website can shift downward the content. Another case may be of shifting the sidebar to upward and the content section to the toward position. Such kind of problem occurs due to the wrong coding.

The design of the website is mainly based on HTML and CSS. You can handle the position of your sidebar, header, content, footer and more using CSS. The base is created using HTML and the shape is given by using CSS.

Reasons And Fixing Of The Sidebar Shifting Error

1# The possible reason is that you have an extra division tag opened or closed. Let me show you an example:

<div id=”sidebar>



In this code, the last division code is an extra opened tag. This may cause the sidebar of your website to shift downward.

Another reason may be any change in the HTML of your website. When you add any new plugin then it may affect the design of your website. So, make sure that you choose a plugin very carefully. There are many things you should check before adding a new plugin and theme.

2# Another reason may be the space of the theme you are using for your website. Suppose the width of the theme is 1024px and width of the content and the sidebar is 700px and 300px respectively. The required 24px is the margin area.

In this case, if the width is not fixed according to the total width then sidebar shifting error will be showing to you. For solving this problem you have to set the width with proper dimensions. Don’t exceed the width of the sidebar. Like if you change the width of the sidebar from 300px to 400px then it will not appear in its right place. The sidebar will shift downward. It is because

Don’t exceed the width of the sidebar. Like if you change the width of the sidebar from 300px to 400px then it will not appear in its right place. The sidebar will shift downward. It is because space is not enough along with the content.

3# The floating tag may also create a problem with the sidebar. According to the design of your theme, always use the float: left, float:right.

Have You Ever Faced Such Type Of Problem?

Have you ever faced sidebar shifting problem? If you do then you can use the solutions described in the tutorial. Don’t panic when you get such errors. It’s common when you handle a website. The main point is that you should know the proper solutions for the problem.

You should know how to fix the sidebar shifting error. While running a website, it is necessary to have a little bit knowledge of HTML and CSS. These two languages help you to handle your website easily and such type of simple problem can be solved by you.

If you still face any problem regarding the sidebar shifting then you can ask me. I will try to help you in the possible way I can.

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by Ravi Chahar

A WordPress Professional and the LinkedIn Influencer. A coder by passion and a blogger by choice. WordPress theme development is his forte. He is your WordPress guy who will teach you how to solve WordPress errors, WordPress security issues, design issues and what not.

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  1. Hey Ravi,

    I don’t believe I’ve ever run across this issue. I’m not surprised though that perhaps some themes might be a little weird and cause problems with the sidebar. Luckily I’ve only worked with two over the past six years and resizing the sidebar was super easy, yay!!!

    I have to tell you Ravi, you’re one super smart guy. I know I don’t get by here near enough and I apologize for that but I also know if I ever need help with my blog that you’re the guy I need to ask.

    I’ll be sure to share this post as well because we all need that “go to guy” to help us with WordPress or our themes seems to give us issues.

    Have a great weekend, it’s almost here now.


    1. Hi Adrienne,

      The problem of shifting the sidebar isn’t in all the themes. But you know when you try to design the theme according to you then sometimes the dimensions get messy. People should know what can be the fault.

      I am honored to hear such great words from you.:) I just try to know more and more about WordPress and its themes. Especially, Thesis. I guess you are also using a Thesis theme.

      There is nothing to apologize for. Even I was not so regular here with my blog. Due to some ups and downs, I didn’t concentrate here. But, I am trying.
      Glad to have you here.
      Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. Hi Ravi,

    Thank you so much for sharing another tutorial post about fixing sidebar shifting error. Its very important that individual must have basic knowledge of Html and CSS to fix these kinds of little errors.

    Thanks for excellent share once again 🙂



    1. Hey Mairaj,

      In order to change the design of a WordPress website, it is necessary to have some basic knowledge of HTML and CSS. I agree with you. People should know about such common problems.
      The sidebar shifting is not a hard problem to solve. Even newbies can do that only if they know about the codes present in their theme.
      Thanks for stopping by.
      Enjoy your day.

  3. Hi Ravi,

    How are you? It’s a long time since I last landed here…however, I can see that your blog is still waxing stronger and better.

    Personally, I’ve never had an issue with my sidebar…to further ensure that I avert any sort of challenge in the future, I also run regular backups that can come in handy when I need to update or play with code. In such a manner, I’m covered, completely.

    I sincerely appreciate the awesome work you’re doing here…newbies (and the not so new) owe you a bottle of your favorite drink 🙂

    Do make the day great!

    Akaahan Terungwa

    1. Hey Akaahan,

      Glad this tutorial got your eye.

      For beginners, such type of problems can be the pain in the head. They should know the solutions and all the possible causes. There is nothing to know about it.

      When you design a theme, then there are some specific dimensions to maintain. When it comes to the sidebar then make sure about its width. Some newbies try hard but fail to do such easy thing.

      Thanks for stopping by.
      Enjoy your day.

  4. Hi Ravi,

    You always amaze me of how to do technical things so easily. Whenever it comes to something like this, I go into full panic mode. But you are a great go-to guy to learn from.

    So far so good….I never had this problem, but now I know if I did, I can come to you.

    I always reject doing anything in the back office of my blog. But it is silly isn’t it? This particular problem can be easily fixed. And even if I wanted someone else to fix it, I would have the knowledge of knowing how to explain it to them.

    Thanks so much and I’ll be spreading this around the social sites.


    1. Hi Donna,

      It’s good to see you after a long time.:)

      There are many technical things in a WordPress website. But, when we talk about the design of a website then HTML and CSS plays an important role. All the parts a website are crucial to handle.

      The sidebar of a website may contain your popular posts, recent posts and much more. So, it’s very important that you take care of it. For any reasons the sidebar shifts, you should know how to handle it.

      You are an amazing person with super writing skills. Technical stuffs can be relieved for someone whom you trust.

      Thanks for spreading the love.
      Have a great weekend.

  5. Bro quite impressed through your post. I also write the post on the issues that I ever face in the WordPress. It sometimes happens that we didn’t get the right solution for the problem. In that case, we need to be going across the several forums and websites, unfortunately, we don’t get the answer.

    I appreciate your efforts. I encountered such kind of issues many times on my blog that I cleared with my own efforts only. you are doing great buddy.

    If you get some time, visit my blog and comment on my latest blog post. It has the great opportunity to earn online.


    1. Hi Nikhil,

      Thanks for appreciation.:)

      It’s always good to solve your problem yourself. You know, for beginners it’s hard to solve even simple problems. It is just because of the lack of articles with the value. I have faced it in my early phase of blogging.

      The design matters a lot for your website. You should always take consideration about it.
      For sure I will visit your website.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Hi Ravi
    If you look at my blog you would notice that I am facing this problem right now; I just converted my blog from three column to two column but it is still showing the space of the column which I have finished.
    I gone through your post and also researched a few other posts but after reading this one I am sure I would resolve this issue.
    Many thanks for sharing
    Have a great rest of the week.

    1. Hi Muba,

      The problem you have encountered is also the crucial one. Sometimes, when you adjust the columns and add an extra one then the design of the website may fluctuate. You should check the dimensions of the columns according to the total width of the theme.

      Thanks for being here for support.
      Have a great day.

  7. Hello,

    Its been a while, well I never had a sidebar issues as I have been stick to a theme since start or may be i’m not a fan of changing themes.

    But this article is really helpful.


    1. Hey Mark,

      It’s good to know that you haven’t faced such type of problems. But you know, we should know about everything while handling a website. The design of a website matters a lot.
      Glad to have you here.
      Have a great day.

  8. Hi Ravi,

    I landed here through Nikhil’s Blog. This is my first time visit to your blog, your blog is very nice with worthy content. Really you are spreading your love through blogging, go ahead.

    Till date i didn’t have such issues in my blog, but this will be surely useful to the bloggers who want to rectify the sidebar shifting error.

    Anyway thanks for share. Keep Going. Hope to see you back @indianmagz(My New Blog).

    1. Hi Raaja,

      It’s good to see you here.:)

      Thanks for the appreciation. For the design of a website. You should know all the possible bugs and their solutions. I hope the tutorial would help if you ever face such kind of problem.
      Thanks for stopping by.

      Have a nice weekend.

  9. Hi Ravi,

    I have never fixed the sidebar issue so far but saving your post for the future reference.
    I found the article helpful and easy to follow.
    Thanks for sharing it with us.
    I myself write an article on the problem I faced with WordPress or web hosting. These kind of articles are great to build a loyal followers and getting traffic from search engines.

    Tauseef Alam

    1. Hi Tauseef,

      Welcome to my blog..:)

      You know that WordPress consists of variable issues which may occur with your website. It’s always good to know the problems and their solution. Here, I have mentioned about a web design issue. It happens with many designers while adjusting the design of the website.
      Glad to know that you found this tutorial helpful.
      Have a great day.

  10. Hi Ravi,

    I remember my early days struggle of fixing & sorting things in place. This is a challenge for many newbie.

    You said it right. Many a times plugin conflict is a big issue in the design and other parts. So we must be careful while choosing any new plugin. And it is always better to optimize the plugin usage.

    Thanks for the detailed tutorial. Take care.

    1. Hey Manidipa,

      We all do face problems in our starting days. And when it comes to the design of the website, people freak out when they get tired of striving at their best. Such types of simple problems are quite hard to figure out.

      We need to check the whole CSS for that. But shifting the sidebar may be because few common reasons. The final step is to look upon the codes.
      Thanks for stopping by.
      Enjoy your day.

  11. Great Artical I feel very good after reading this artical. I hope you will be always provide this useful artical. Thanku so much for sharing this great Artical..

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