Lightweight Sidebar Manager


Normally you have a sidebar that appears throughout the website. However, sometimes it is necessary to display a relevant, different sidebar on certain pages on the website. For an example: on WooCommerce pages, a sidebar with related or top seller products would be more relevant than latest comments, blog posts right?

This plugin helps you solve that problem as it allows you to create new sidebars and display them conditionally on certain locations of the website easily. Once the sidebar is created and displayed on pages you like, you can add relevant widgets in it.

Some of the Features:

  1. Create unlimited sidebars
  2. Place them any location your theme has defined (Footer Widgets / Left or Right Sidebar)
  3. Works with any theme
  4. Conditionally display sidebars on specific posts, pages, taxonomies or custom post types
  5. Display sidebars based on user roles


  • Add a New Sidebar from Appearance -> Sidebars -> Add New.
  • Give sidebar a name, Select a sidebar that is to be replaced and locations where the sidebar should appear.
  • Add Content to the newly created sidebar.


  1. Upload the plugin files to the /wp-content/plugins/plugin-name directory, or install the plugin through the WordPress plugins screen directly.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ screen in WordPress
  3. Go to Appearance->Sidebars to create new sidebars
  4. In Appearance->Widgets, you can add widgets in the newly added sidebar area.


Which themes does this work with?

This plugin works with all well coded themes that have sidebar locations defined.

There are many other similar plugins. Why this?

Other plugins we found are heavy with ugly interface, non supported, developed only for specific themes or affecting performance. So we wanted to develop something simple & straightforward so we can recommend it users of our Astra Theme.


June 28, 2019
Sorry but this plugin broke mi website. Apparently it is not very well programmed. In the end it has been in a scare, I have been able to fix it.
March 8, 2019
Ich wollte das Plugin für ein Kunden-Theme einsetzen, welches keine Sidebar hat. Auch dieses Plugin kann in diesem Fall keine Sidebar ergänzen. Der Satz "Works with any Theme" ist also falsch.
October 2, 2018
Finally... a plugin that works with individual categories and pages for woocommerce right out of the box. Have searched high and low for a solution - Brilliant! Bravo! Hi 5!
July 9, 2018
I was looking and looking for how on earth to assign a custom sidebar to custom post types. I use Astra and Toolset, and neither of their documentations said how to do this! This was EXACTLY what I was looking for, thank you SO much!
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Contributors & Developers

“Lightweight Sidebar Manager” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.



– Fix: Fixes a fatal error on Sidebar list page.

– New: Target rules appearing in Display Rules column for sidebars.
– Improvement: White Label can be set from wp-config.php file.

– Improvement: Update target rules with support for targeting all posts inside taxonomies and terms.
– Fix: If a taxonomy is used for multiple post types, it was not displayed in target rules.
– Fix: Load correct textdomain and allow the plugin to be translated from

– White Label support added from the Astra Pro plugin.
– Optimized target rules query to be even more lightweight.

– Initial release