Content Aware Sidebars – Unlimited Widget Areas

Description

The Fastest and Most Powerful WordPress Sidebar Plugin yet. Create tailored widget areas for any post, page, or custom post type in seconds. No coding required!

Content Aware Sidebars is packed with features and is being used to boost on-site SEO, upsell products, and to optimize conversion rates by displaying different sidebars on different conditions.

Add Unlimited Sidebars and Widget Areas

Replace your theme sidebars on different conditions, or insert sidebars with shortcodes. With the All-in-one Sidebar Manager, you can easily activate and deactivate widget areas, and you can even schedule them for specific times.

Sidebars – Quick Select© lets you add or select widget areas directly when editing a post or page.

Customize Your Widget Areas Your Way

Without writing any code, you can modify the HTML and CSS classes of widget areas, widgets, and widget titles. You get full control over the look and feel of your sidebars and widget areas, no matter what theme you use.

Sidebar Visibility lets you elegantly hide any widget area for logged-out users.

The Most User-friendly Widget Manager

If you have more than just a few widgets and widget areas, you will love the Enhanced Widget Manager. When adding new widgets to sidebars, Live Search will find widgets in seconds, and the smart split-screen gives you a much better overview.

1-Click Sidebar Activation© lets you activate or deactivate a widget areas instantly.

Show or Hide Sidebars on Any Page (Yes, any)

Create a post sidebar, a page sidebar, a category sidebar, or any custom sidebar you need, without confusing widget logic code. You can even combine conditions in any way you like, so you can display widgets and custom sidebars on all posts in a select category and written by a specific author.

Display your widget areas on any of these conditions:

  • Posts, Pages & Custom Post Types
  • Content with Tags, Categories, or Custom Taxonomies
  • Content written by select Authors
  • Page Templates
  • Blog Page & Post Type Archives
  • Author Archives
  • Taxonomy Archives
  • Date Archives
  • Front Page, Search Results, 404 Not Found Page
  • bbPress Profiles, Forums & Topics
  • BuddyPress Profile Sections
  • Languages (qTranslate X, Polylang, Transposh, WPML)
  • Pods Pages
  • Any Combination of Above

Sidebar Plugin Integrations and Support

Content Aware Sidebars automatically supports Custom Post Types and Taxonomies created by any plugin or theme. Built-in support for some of the most popular WordPress plugins means that you e.g. can create WooCommerce sidebars for select products or BuddyPress sidebars for your members.

Content Aware Sidebars Pro – Complete control for your custom sidebars

Highlighted Premium Features

  • Sidebar Designer: Add widget columns and edit colors, backgrounds, paddings, etc.
  • Insert Sidebars: Intelligently insert widget areas in theme hooks without coding
  • Automatic Widgets Backup: Easily restore any changed or deleted widgets
  • Sidebar Visibility: Extended visibility for User Roles and Guests
  • Time Schedule: Display widget areas only in select time ranges on given days
  • Smart Widget: Use your widget areas as reusable blocks
  • Duplicate Sidebars: A real time-saver when adding new similar widget areas
  • Disable Any Widget: Save memory and remove clutter by removing unused widgets
  • Priority Email Support: Get expert help directly in your inbox
  • and so much more…

Extra Sidebar Conditions

Display your widget areas on these additional conditions:

  • URLs + wildcards
  • Content from any day, month, year
  • BuddyPress Groups

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More Information

Screenshots

  • Easily create custom sidebars and display them on any content
  • See your widget areas at a glance in the easy Sidebar Manager
  • Filter widgets and sidebars in the Enhanced Widget Manager

Installation

  1. Unzip and upload the content-aware-sidebars folder to your /wp-content/plugins/ directory via FTP or install the plugin in Plugins in the Admin Dashboard
  2. Activate the sidebar plugin in Plugins in the Admin Dashboard
  3. Create your first custom sidebar under the menu Sidebars > Add New
  4. Add widgets to the new sidebar like any other sidebar
  5. That’s it!

Click here to get started with Content Aware Sidebars.

FAQ

Installation Instructions
  1. Unzip and upload the content-aware-sidebars folder to your /wp-content/plugins/ directory via FTP or install the plugin in Plugins in the Admin Dashboard
  2. Activate the sidebar plugin in Plugins in the Admin Dashboard
  3. Create your first custom sidebar under the menu Sidebars > Add New
  4. Add widgets to the new sidebar like any other sidebar
  5. That’s it!

Click here to get started with Content Aware Sidebars.

Will this sidebar plugin work with my theme?

Yes!

If your theme already has WordPress sidebars and widget areas, you can create new custom sidebars to replace, merge with or hide those on certain conditions.

You can also display custom sidebars using the sidebar shortcode [ca-sidebar id=””] anywhere in your content.

If your theme has a built-in sidebar generator, it is recommended to disable it and/or only use Content Aware Sidebars for maximum speed and compatibility.

Will this plugin work with page builders?

Yes!

Many users already mix Content Aware Sidebars with popular page builder plugins such as Elementor, SiteOrigin Page Builder, Beaver Builder, and Visual Composer.

Can I really display sidebars and widget areas on any page?

Yep.

In the Sidebar Editor, you can select where, when and to whom your sidebar should be displayed. Create a sidebar for each page, a sidebar for posts in a category, or any sidebar you need, without confusing widget logic code.

You can also select sidebars directly when you’re editing a post or page.

Click here to read more about sidebar conditions.

I have other questions, can you help?

Of course! Check out the links below:

Reviews

Good plugin

Good plugin to organize the sidebars on different pages. Easy to use – just takes 5 up to 10 Minutes to understand “how to use it”.

Easy to Use

This plugin makes it really easy to have the right content on the right page. Kudos!

Superb Plugin

I have only used it a few times it is a great method to provide an added presentation to any post.

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Contributors & Developers

“Content Aware Sidebars – Unlimited Widget Areas” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

“Content Aware Sidebars – Unlimited Widget Areas” has been translated into 4 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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Changelog

3.7

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  • Added: visibility for sidebars inserted with shortcodes
  • Added: icon navigation to custom sidebars on widgets screen
  • Added: quick select uses less memory and has better theme sidebar recognition
  • Added: sidebars can be displayed on password protected content with removal of filter
  • Added: manage widgets links will now open specific sidebar by default
  • Added: better wpml and polylang compatibility when editing sidebars
  • Added: performance and memory improvements
  • Added: UI improvements
  • Added: minimum requirement wordpress 4.1
  • Fixed: styling from nested sidebars is now inherited properly
  • Updated: wp-content-aware-engine
  • Updated: freemius sdk

Pro Plan:

  • Added: insert sidebars in theme locations and wp action hooks
  • Added: design and add columns to sidebars and widgets
  • Added: url condition automatically trims domain name
  • Fixed: improve sidebar revisioning and compatibility with older wordpress versions
  • Fixed: allow saving and restoring empty sidebar revisions
  • Fixed: show message for successful revision restore
  • Fixed: improved widget sync on theme switch
  • Removed: sidebar column in post overview list

3.6.2

  • Added: UI improvements
  • Added: better support for RTL languages
  • Fixed: forced replace action now always takes priority
  • Fixed: archives would in rare cases not display correct sidebar if a post was password protected
  • Fixed: special characters in translations of conditions
  • Fixed: post type conditions with no titles

Pro Plan:

  • Added: changes in sidebar title no longer adds revision
  • Fixed: edit links in sidebar admin columns for post types

3.6.1

  • Fixed: UI improvements
  • Fixed: better plugin compatibility for sidebars quick select

Pro Plan:

  • Fixed: unable to disable widgets
  • Fixed: javascript would in rare cases not be loaded correctly in sidebar editor

3.6

  • Added: ability to wrap sidebar in html
  • Added: ability to change widget html
  • Added: danish and german translations now use automatic language packs
  • Added: performance and memory improvements
  • Added: UI improvements
  • Added: wordpress 4.8 support
  • Fixed: widget manager could behave unexpectedly in cases with many inactive widget areas
  • Fixed: sidebars quick select could cause nested sidebars to be removed from posts
  • Fixed: sidebar bulk messages
  • Updated: wp-content-aware-engine
  • Updated: freemius sdk

Pro Plan:

  • Added: widget to insert widgets from other sidebars
  • Added: 1-click automatic install on checkout
  • Fixed: avoid auto-draft sidebar adding extra revision

3.5.2

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  • Added: woocommerce 3.0 compat
  • Added: badgeos compat
  • Added: UI improvements in widget manager

3.5.1

  • Fixed: database upgrade script

3.5

  • Added: 1-click sidebar activation
  • Added: improved design on widgets screen
  • Added: autosave conditions
  • Added: simplify option to autoselect conditions
  • Added: UI improvements
  • Added: minimum requirement wordpress 4.0
  • Added: freemius sdk updated
  • Added: actions and filters for developers

Pro Plan:

  • Added: duplicate sidebars and conditions
  • Added: disable widgets
  • Fixed: improved upgrade routine

3.4.3

  • Added: preparation for automatic translation packages
  • Added: prevent adding duplicate sidebar titles
  • Fixed: sidebar quick select would in rare cases not show sidebars
  • Fixed: UI improvements

3.4.2

  • Added: freemius sdk updated
  • Fixed: sidebar editor now works properly in IE browser
  • Fixed: UI improvements

3.4.1

  • Added: ability to target all buddypress profile sections
  • Added: freemius opt-in message made more clear
  • Added: links to docs
  • Added: wordpress 4.7 support
  • Fixed: sidebar order not being saved
  • Fixed: “Automatically add new children of a selected ancestor” not working for post types
  • Fixed: sidebar edit links on widgets screen

Pro Plan:

  • Fixed: buddypress groups condition not selectable on new sidebars

3.4

  • Added: sidebar list and editor screens completely rewritten for performance and extensibility
  • Added: ability to schedule sidebar deactivation
  • Added: exposure moved to condition groups, now called singulars or archives
  • Added: freemius sdk updated
  • Added: data update process will no longer be triggered on new installs
  • Added: sidebar status now active/inactive instead of publish/draft
  • Added: always load latest version of wp-content-aware-engine
  • Fixed: sidebar quick select compatibility with other sidebar managers
  • Removed: deprecated function display_ca_sidebar (use ca_display_sidebar)

Pro Plan:

  • Added: display sidebars in time ranges on given days
  • Fixed: initial widget revision could in some cases be malformed
  • Fixed: bug when adding url and date conditions
  • Fixed: bug with license activation if user had opted out of freemius

3.3.3

  • Added: counter-measure against plugins that add buggy scripts
  • Fixed: saving sidebars in quick select would in some cases trigger warning

Pro Plan:

  • Fixed: include draft sidebars when syncing widgets across themes

3.3.2

  • Fixed: markup in quick select could in some cases be malformed
  • Fixed: warning when saving sidebar

3.3.1

  • Added: ux design improvements
  • Added: ability to add more sidebars in quick select
  • Added: toggle to display more than 3 sidebar input fields in quick select
  • Added: select2 dropdowns updated to 4.0.3 on sidebar edit screen
  • Added: re-enabled info box on sidebar edit screen
  • Added: freemius sdk updated
  • Fixed: decoding of taxonomy term names in conditions
  • Fixed: order of content in conditions dropdowns
  • Fixed: yoast seo compatibility on post edit screens
  • Fixed: negated post conditions were included in sidebar quick select
  • Removed: upgrade box on sidebar edit screen

Pro Plan:

  • Fixed: improved widget revision ux
  • Fixed: select dates would in some cases not be displayed correct in conditions
  • Fixed: widget revisions could in some cases contain wrong or malformed data
  • Fixed: backwards compat in widget revision ui for versions before wp4.5

3.3

  • Added: manage widgets for draft sidebars
  • Added: quick select and create sidebars on post type editor screen
  • Added: ability to add widgets to draft sidebars
  • Added: expand/collapse all sidebars on widgets screen
  • Added: view sidebar status on widgets screen
  • Added: order sidebars by title on widgets screen
  • Added: dialog on unsaved condition changes in sidebar editor
  • Added: ux design improvements
  • Added: more focus on pro features, upgrade box moved to bottom
  • Fixed: error in wpml config (props Chouby)
  • Fixed: updated review notice description
  • Fixed: select2 dropdowns styling more robust to external changes
  • Fixed: minor performance improvements

Pro Plan:

  • Added: set sidebars to published or draft on widgets screen

See changelog.txt for previous changes.