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Custom Sidebars: Oficial Topic (77 posts)

  1. marquex
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi,

    I realized that the Custom Sidebars plugin is been downloaded a bunch of times, and i don't have a method to give a little support for the plugin, so I decided to answer any questions about its usage, complaints or sugerences here in this topic.

    It will be nice to have some feedback about the plugin.

    Cheers,
    javi

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/custom-sidebars/

  2. paluchgda
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi, this plugin is very usefull but i have problem with creating new custom sidebar. When i click "creat sidebar" show "The sidebar has been created successfully." but nothing in "All the Custom Sidebars". The same is in Widget area - only original "Primary widget area", "Second widget area" and more.

    For the first time when i used this plugin, creating custom sidebar was successful but i deleted my "test" sidebar and from now i can't add new sidebar.

    Something strange....
    in Default Sidebars area is "my test" sidebar.
    in Post i may assign "my test" sidebar to my post but its not working on site.

    In my case - nothing show in widgets area on the right side so i can't edit anything.

    help please...

  3. paluchgda
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    so....

    cs_sidebars stored every created sidebars
    when i have only one custom sidebar created and when i deleted it, in cs_sidebars is a:0:{}

    when in "custom sidebars" is more than one sidebar everythings is ok. I can delete, add new sidebars.

    Temporary i solved this problem by deleting "cs_sidebars" from wp_options and creating custom sidebars form begining - it works.

    My suggestion - it is possible to editing name and description existing sidebar?

  4. RMInteractive
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    paluchgda - where exactly to we remove this?

    Thanks.

    - J

  5. RMInteractive
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    OK, found that if you delete both, cs_sidebars and cs_modifiable then it works again. Agree, ability to edit name and description would be helpful. Thanks.

    - J

  6. marquex
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    I already had a look to the plugin to discover the bug, and i have already found it and fixed it. When you delete all the custom sidebars an empty array was left in the db. When you create a new sidebar the plugin tried to create the option again, but it is already there, so it doesn't work.

    Later today you will have the version 0.5 that fixes the problem.

    Thanks for the feedback, if i have no complaints i can't discover such things.

    About the feature of editing name and description, the description one is easy to do, maybe for the next version, but the name it's a little more complex, because the WP stores the sidebars and widgets in several internal variables, and if the name is changed, it has to be changed also in those variablas and I am very lazy :D

    Cheers

  7. marquex
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    You can try now the new version and tell me if it is working properly.

  8. anaknew
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I really like the idea of this plugin but I can't get the create new side bar to work. It is creating the sidebar and do not want to override any of the existing ones, it is showing up in widgets and I can add widgets into it but when I go to the post or page there is nothing in the sidebar drop down except to tell me to create one. I am using 0.5 on the twenty ten and have tried it on three other themes to no luck. Thanks for any help.

  9. marquex
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi anaknew,

    It seems like you didn't define any sidebar as replaceable.

    Go to Appearance > Custom Sidebars, and there in the section Replaceable Sidebars select 'primay-widget-area'. That is the sidebar that is used by the theme 20 10. Save the changes, and in the post or page edition you will see that the 'primary-widget-area' is suitable for replacement by any of the custom bars you made before.

  10. anaknew
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thanks Marquex

    It is all working now in my theme, and a great addition, thank you.

    I can't get it to work in the twenty ten theme as no sidebars are coming up to replace, but I think that is my problem to work out why.

  11. tinuviel
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi there,

    I used to a have a custom sidebar set up on this page: http://s342319523.onlinehome.us/blog/ however, now it's showing the default (main) sidebar for the site always, even when I change the sidebar specifically on that page. How do I re-link it to the plugin? It seems to be broken? It works on the other pages still...

  12. anutherwun
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    HI,
    The Custom Sidebars admin area does not appear in the Appearance pane if the plugin is activated by an admin under a multisite install. Do you have a suggestion for making this work?
    Your solution works well, but can only be accessed by the superadmin currently, which is not something that my setup will be able to implement.

    thanks!

  13. marquex
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi Anutherwin,

    The default capability needed to manage sidebars is 'edit_themes', so it's possible that the admin is the only user who have it.

    You can assign capabilities to users by using some plugins, and also you can modify the capability for managing sidebars editing the plugin:

    Plugins >> Edit >> Custom sidebars

    There in the class CustomSidebars there is a attribute called cap_required which define the capability used by the plugin.

    If you switch the capability to some other less strict authors will be able to edit sidebars.

    Here you have the relations between roles and capabilities:

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Roles_and_Capabilities

  14. tdistel
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hey,

    I am using the Genesis Theme on wordpress, I was wondering if that would be an issue. I can apply the custom sidebar to an individual post, or page but, for some reason, it won't apply when I try to change the default settings. It only displays the standard sidebar. I am trying to replace the Secondary Sidebar per, category. Any help would be appreciated.

    http://www.thegravityguide.com is the site I am running.

    Thanks,

    Ted

  15. detoner
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I am also using genesis theme and want to have the custom side bar showing in the archive searches - I am using the primary sidebar and so far cannot get the archive pages to show different sidebars - it just shows the

  16. detoner
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    sorry forget end of post..

    the widget as specified in the primary sidebar which a the default sidebar
    Thanks
    Dawn

  17. marquex
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    HI @tdistel @detoner,

    I can't be very helpful in your cases, Genesis is a payment theme so i could't download it to make some tests.

    Maybe you can ask genesis people for support, I'm sure they can download custom sidebars for free...

  18. riomurphy
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi Marquex,

    I love this plugin because I don't like creating a ton of templates and it works like a charm. However, just thought you should know that if you bulk edit pages, it resets the sidebar back to the default. Found this out the hard way with a 70+ page site that I bulk edited the pages to turn off comments.

  19. marquex
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    Wow riomurphy! That's are really bad news, i never tried to bulk edit my pages so i have never noticed about that, i will do some tests and try to understand if it's a bug, if so i will release a version fixing it. Thanks for your opinion, it will make that nobody get the same problem again!

  20. riomurphy
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thanks Marquex, no worries. I fixed them back. I'll still use the plugin as it works great otherwise. However, I just did a test using the quick edit and saving the page and it, too reset the sidebar to the default.

  21. marquex
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hey riomurphy,

    I just uploaded a new version of the plugin that should fix the bug, it works nice for me. I hope not to find something so wrong again!!

    Thanks for your feedback.

  22. riomurphy
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Awesome - works like a charm. Thank you so much for the quick update!

  23. nyvc
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Nice idea, but having trouble getting it to work. Using Thesis 1.8 and WP 3+. Using 1 sidebar. Installed successfully and setup, but when editing a couple of posts for a test the new sidebars are not replacing the default sidebar 1. Realize you may not have Thesis. Please advise what might be the issue.

  24. marquex
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi nyvc,

    Yes I've already been told about some problem with thesis theme. I really would like to fix it but my problem is that getting thesis is not for free, and I haven't earned enough to pay half of a thesis license with the custom sidebars development.

    Maybe you can ask thesis people for help with the issue...

  25. nyvc
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Someone posted on Thesis 3 weeks ago with no answer. Consider it a worthy investment. Thesis is growing its user base by 2,500 users per month currently reaching 34,000. If you can make this run on Thesis your plug-in would make you a star. Many "low-code" users are in need of this. Widgets and meta boxes are cumbersome and not practical. The solution may be quite simple and if you are trying to build a business this is the way to do it. Further, it has a 30-day money back guarantee! You have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

  26. marquex
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    But it is not a investment, the plugin has been downloaded 10,000+ times, wordpress blogs on the internet are more than 14 millions and the donations received don't reach 20$. Even if the 34,000 thesis users downloaded the plugin, i wouldn't get enough to pay the cheapest license.

    I developed the plugin for the blogs I create and have no problems in sharing it with the world, but spending money in something I won't use it's not the point...

    But, if somebody from thesis wanted to donate a license to me, i wouldn't have any problem in fixing the issue... it would be good for the thesis comunity!! :D

  27. nyvc
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    You miss the point. Your exposure to this community gives you a platform for building a business. People do not donate at will. Plug-ins are given away by most developers to drive more lucrative development business. People do pay for more comprehensive services and your credibility is greatly enhanced by the popularity of your sample work and plug-ins. If this is not your business interest then I understand. But if it is, there are numerous examples of developers building nice businesses through this process. This is a powerfully important channel you are failing to tap. More important, they give it to you for free for 30 days. You could probably get it done in less time than you think over a few days. Meanwhile you can float the cost and get a credit if you have no need for the theme, which by the way is growing in popularity for good reason. If you are seeking to build a developer business, then you have nothing to loose, so I do not see any good reason for resistance. 30 DAYS FREE LOOK. A major opportunity to tap into an active U.S. user base that you can market your services to.

  28. marquex
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    I get your point nyvc, but that's a bussiness point of view that requires a lot of time and effort. My career as plugin maker is just casual, i don't want to make a life of it. I share my plugins for free and i don't have problems in helping people that are using them if i have time, but i won't spend my money on it. Can't they help you with the custom sidebars issue?

    The 'not getting free help' is another problem of using not open software like thesis theme, you will depend on a paid system for every support you need.

    Anyway, thanks for the advice!!

  29. Glen
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I'd like to offer a solution which doesn't involve anybody having to buy Thesis. Under my Thesis license, I can install Thesis on as many of my own sites as I want. I can set up a new WP install on a subdomain, add the Thesis theme and custom sidebar widget, and provide marquex admin access to WP, and FTP access to the WP directory. marquex, would that give you what you need to work on the compatibility problem, provided of course that you have the time to look at this problem?

  30. marquex
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    Ok Dulcimer,

    If you do all those things to try to solve the problem, how can I say no?

    Why don't we follow discussing this problem in a new forum thread:

    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/problems-with-thesis-theme

    It will easier for everybody.

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