Allows to create your own widgetized areas and custom sidebars, and select what sidebars to use for each post or page.
Here there is an old video tutorial about how to set up your first sidebars.
You have a sidebar box when editing a entry. Also you can define default sidebars for different posts and archives.
You can create all the sidebars you want, but you need some sidebars of your theme to be replaced by the ones that you have created. You have to select which sidebars from your theme are suitable to be replaced in the Custom Sidebars settings page and you will have them available to switch.
You probably are using a theme that don’t load dynamic sidebars properly or don’t use the wp_head() function in its header. The plugin replace the sidebars inside that function, and many others plugins hook there, so it is more than recommended to use it.
Any user that can switch themes, can create sidebars. Switch_themes is the capability needed to manage widgets, so if you can’t edit widgets you can’t create custom sidebars. There are some plugins to give capabilities to the roles, so you can make your author be able to create the sidebars. Try User role editor
Sidebars for custom taxonomies are not working by the moment, it’s hard to build an interface.
Custom Sidebars has the same license as WordPress, so you can use it wherever you want for free. Nevertheless, donations are welcome.
The banner it is not hard to remove for any programmer, but the easiest way to remove the banner is making a donation to the plugin, 1 cent and you get rid of it. Donate.
You can find some simple tutorials on the Custom sidebars plugin web page
Requires: 3.3 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.1
Last Updated: 2013-4-5
2 of 13 support threads in the last two months have been resolved.
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