By default the [sidebar](https://getbootstrap.com/docs/5.2/examples/sidebars/) is disabled, it is included as one of the goals of the skin was to support the Maven 2 general layout which placed the navigation menu on the screen as a sidebar. This section will outline the configuration options offered by the sidebar.
Enable/Disable the side bar
The skin allows you to disable or enable the sidebar by setting a custom element, as shown below:
<project name="xxx"> [...] <custom> <bootstrapSkin> <sidebar> <enabled>true</enabled> </sidebar> </bootstrapSkin> </custom> [...] </project>
Sidebar Bar Style
You can configure the CSS classes used on the sidebar. Bootstrap 5 contains a number of classes for common colouring, by default ‘navbar-dark bg-dark’ has been set as this provides a clear contrast between the banner and the main text.
<project name="xxx"> [...] <custom> <bootstrapSkin> <sidebar> <style>navbar-light bg-light</style> </sidebar> </bootstrapSkin> </custom> [...] </project>
The above configuration would change the NavBar to look like the following