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[resolved] Recommendation for Dynamic Sidebar (9 posts)

  1. donfink
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    New to WordPress. I have been combing through the various plugins that will enable me to make dynamic changes to the sidebar, and have been pretty much overwhelmed. So much out there.

    Anyway, I'm looking for recommendations people might have for one or more plugins that will enable me to:

    1. Add dynamic content to a sidebar; preferably different content on each page.
    2. Add code to each sidebar for general formatting, advertisements, and whatever might be required on that particular sidebar.

    Any thoughts would be welcome.

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    What about using the native Text widget along with http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/widget-logic/

  3. donfink
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks for the input.

    My understanding is that if I use the text widget, for example, and add some code to it, the same code will appear on each page where that particular widget appears. I would like to use something like the text widget to place different code on each page. I'll look over Widget-logic more carefully later today to see if I can work out a process that enables me to do what I want.

    I looked at one plugin called Graceful Sidebar that allows you to edit content for the widget on each and every page, and it would have been perfect except for the fact that you couldn't add code. The author claims that you can after version 1.0.12 (current version is 1.0.15), but I couldn't make it work.

    Something that would enable me to make different VERSIONS of the same widget, like the text widget, would be perfect.

  4. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    the same code will appear on each page

    Not if you also use http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/widget-logic/

  5. donfink
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Okay,

    I'll look at it this afternoon.

    Thanks.

  6. donfink
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Okay,

    I had a look at Widget Logic, and as far as I can tell, I can decide in all kinds of ways where a widget will appear by using this plugin. As far as I can see, though, if I use the Text Widget, for example, to enter some HTML, all I can do is decide which pages that particular HTML will appear on. There's no way I can see where to place different code on each page using the same plugin.

    Part of the issue is that there's no way to edit the code on the page itself. All the editing is done within the widget, then Widget Logic is used to determine which pages get the widget displayed.

    Am I missing something here?

  7. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    There's no way I can see where to place different code on each page using the same plugin

    That's because you have to set up different text widgets for each page.

  8. donfink
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    If I could set up different text widgets for each page, wouldn't I simply write in the code I need for them?

    Obviously I need to look a little deeper into WP. good thing I'm doing all this on a test server.

    Anyway, I think we're going in circles here.

    In the meantime, while I study this, I have found a plugin that seems to fit my needs. It's called Graceful Sidebar. Really simple, and allows me to add HTML to the sidebar on each and every page at the time of page editing. Very direct, and very simple.

    Next I'll get back to something I saw a couple of days ago that lets me set up several different sidebars, and I'll have what I need.

    Thanks

  9. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    wouldn't I simply write in the code I need for them?

    Yep. Would there be any problems with that?

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