There is and I wrote a tutorial here about it; however, gpEasy 1.7 will be much easier in adding extra areas. You will not need to call them in the theme unless you want to format them specifically. In 1.7 you will be able to create extra content areas in the extra content manager page and add as many as you like. You will be able to add a theme to the layouts as many times as you like as well, thus you can have infinite arrangements.
If you need to do it asap. . . all you need to really do is create the extra content php page in /data/_extra/
Then when you edit the layout click insert and you should see the extra php page ;)
1.7 sounds exciting and I will await its release eagerly. But I'm a little confused regarding adding them to individual pages. Currently in version 1.6.3 how can I ensure that one Extra content show only for a certain page and a second Extra content shows for a second page, in effect having custom Extra contents for individual pages. I'm not much of a programmer so maybe you'll need to write the specific code I need to put in my template file to achieve this.
I'm a little confused regarding adding them to individual pages. Currently in version 1.6.3 how can I ensure that one Extra content show only for a certain page and a second Extra content shows for a second page, in effect having custom Extra contents for individual pages.
What you have to do is set a theme for each one of the pages, thus each page you want to have unique "extra areas" on you will have to define a unique theme. In 1.6 you will have to copy the theme, rename it, and then select it for the page you want--that way the "same theme" will be used multiple times but with different names and therefore you can define the layout for each one. In 1.7 you won't have to do that. You will just add the theme a second time to the "layouts page."
I suggest just using 1.7a4. The bugs I've found are rather minor with the exception of galleries and it's easily fixed. I have two sites working fine with it.
If you really want to go with 1.6 and do this. . . copy the theme and rename it, add it to another page in the file manager. copy one of the extra areas in the /data/_extra/ folder and rename it to what you want the new extra area to be. Edit the layout of the theme/page in question and insert an extra area. When you do that you will see the page you copied and renamed in the extra folder. Select it and you have your unique content--you will have to edit it's content, of course.
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