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Unique Page Sidebars

This plugin allows for the creation and management of widget sidebars on a per-page basis from a single dynamic_sidebar() call in your theme sidebar.

Over the years developing WordPress themes, I have had many designs that require a different sidebar for just about every page on the site. While it has been possible to accomplish this using a combination of PHP if/else statements or plugins, I have yet to find a decent solution for managing sidebars on a page-by-page basis. Since many of the sites I now work on require this functionality, I decided it was time to write a rather simple but effective plugin that handles this. Therefore, I'm introducing Unique Page Sidebars.

There are obviously some limitations to this plugin, and I don't expect me to use it on every site I develop, but I chose the most common use-case I have for needing dynamic sidebars, and developed this plugin to fit that need. That said, here is a list of features:

  • Creating an unlimited number of sidebars, each with customizable names, descriptions and before/after title/widget tags (see options of register_sidebar() on the WordPress codex)
  • Mapping any of the created sidebars to anywhere from 1 to unlimited number of pages
  • Only one line of code needed in your theme
  • Can easily default to a default sidebar

However, there are a few drawbacks (some of which I'm looking to working out in subsequent versions):

  • Only one sidebar per-page
  • No 'default' options for new sidebars

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.2
Last Updated: 2012-8-29
Downloads: 8,863

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