broken in current versions of discourse
As mentioned in the widget-driven Sidebar Plugin post, the sidebar only provides the widget facility but requires third party plugins to actually decide where and how to show the sidebar.
With the Simple Sidebar Theme, this plugin provides the most obvious use case: Wrapping a Sidebar around the entire app’s content:
From the Readme:
A theme adding a global sidebar to the right onto discourse. Requires the sidebar plugin to be installed.
Attention: not having the sidebar plugin installed will break your discourse frontend!
To install in docker, add the following to your app.yml in the plugins section:
hooks: after_code: - exec: cd: $home/plugins cmd: - mkdir -p plugins - git clone https://github.com/discourse/docker_manager.git - git clone https://github.com/ligthyear/discourse-plugin-sidebar.git sidebar - git clone https://github.com/ligthyear/discourse-plugin-simple-sidebar-theme.git simple-sidebar-theme
and rebuild docker via
cd /var/discourse ./launcher rebuild app