How To Take Full Control Of Sidebars and Widgets In WordPress

Saturday 29th, April 2017 / 21:29 Written by
How To Take Full Control Of Sidebars and Widgets In WordPress
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Are your running a website and have no or little web development skills? Trust me you are not alone! With the use of widgets, WordPress provides a good solution customizing websites without diving into the code level. Sidebars and the widgets we can insert using drag and drop makes it simple for ordinary people with

A basic WordPress installation is rather simple, but it is an excellent publishing platform with many options for adding useful extensions. Many themes today have multiple sidebars added into the page templates and this allows us to use widgets as content elements for building up page. This is cool since there are tons of useful widget plugins available. Having said that, most themes in use do not have widgetized pages and further, it is not possible to control what widgets and sidebar that are visible on specific pages.

The Sidebar & Widget Manager plugin for WordPress is an innovative solution to help WordPress website owners take further control of the widget system and even use it to create fully customized pages.

In addition, the plugin allows the administrator to replace any sidebar defined by the theme used, with a custom sidebar on any set of pages, posts and archives. It supports all kinds of content pages, templates, categories, tags, archives, custom post types, taxonomies and a whole lot more. It even support sidebar control for page types defined in popular plugin such as WooCommerce, bbPress and BuddyPress.

Adding Custom Sidebars

After installation, you can start adding new sidebars to the WordPress site. It is possible to overwrite existing theme sidebars if needed. Further you can choose between horizontal and vertical alignment.

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Replace existing theme sidebars with custom ones

The real power of this plugin is the very detailed tool it offers to help us control what sidebars and widgets that are visible on specific pages, posts, archives etc..

Customizing the sidebar visibility is done via the dashboard menu for Sidebar and Widgets. Once you create a new sidebar you can specify on what pages it is made visible and where it is hidden. This feature gives you complete control of what sidebars are used on specific areas of the site. Let us say you have different needs for blog posts, sales pages and a contact page… you now have the possibility to set it up in a few minutes without changing the theme.

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In addtion, you can control when every widget will be displayed or hidden from different pages. This way you can show one widget on “page 1” and another on “page 2” while using the same sidebar. You can set widget visibility under the Widgets Section in WordPress.

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Widgetizing Pages

Once you have your own sidebars created you can start widgetizing any page by inserting columns and assigning your sidebars to them. Each of the rows and columns you create can be assigned a sidebar.

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You can pick from the drop down menu list of the available sidebars.

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You can preview how the widget placement would look like in the page. The rows and columns you placement can be adjusted easily to fit your layout requirements.

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Here’s a sample widgetized page with some text block and several columns. Please note that the current version is not responsive and your would need to do a bit of CSS yourself to make the grid fit on mobile devices.

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Sidebar and Widget Manager for WordPress is an all in one solution for someone who wants to build a website quickly. It turns your page layout into a drag and drop interface. You don’t need to turn your sleeves up and work with CSS codes to style your page properly. You can see a live demo of this plugin here.

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Hi I am Pete! I love to work with web design and sometimes dive into some coding. My main focus is WordPress websites.

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