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Mika shares her thoughts and a bunch of screenshots on WordPress Sidebars as Menus, definitely a much more usable approach at widgets in WordPress. Plus, looks like this can solve the “theme switch” problem when sidebars usually just disappear and all your widgets settings are lost. Let’s hope this makes it into core sooner or later ;)