WooSidebars Sidebar Manager Converter

Description

The WooFramework by WooThemes, the code that powers all WooThemes themes, used to contain a Sidebar Manager. Over time, this feature required a re-vamping and was rewritten from the ground up as a standalone plugin. WooSidebars, the newly-imagined Sidebar Manager, can work with any theme that supports dynamic widget areas and is a far easier and more intuitive system.

The WooSidebars Sidebar Manager Converter plugin makes it easy to transfer your custom sidebars from the old Sidebar Manager system over to use with WooSidebars, with all conditions and settings in tact.

Looking for a helping hand? View plugin documentation.

Looking to contribute code to this plugin? Fork the repository over at GitHub.
(submit pull requests to the “develop” branch)

Screenshots

  • The Sidebar Manager converter screen.

Installation

Minimum Requirements

  • WordPress 3.3 or greater
  • PHP version 5.2.4 or greater
  • MySQL version 5.0 or greater

Automatic installation

Automatic installation is the easiest option as WordPress handles the file transfers itself and you don’t even need to leave your web browser. To do an automatic install of WooSidebars Sidebar Manager Converter, log in to your WordPress admin panel, navigate to the Plugins menu and click Add New.

In the search field type “WooSidebars Sidebar Manager Converter” and click Search Plugins. Once you’ve found our widget areas plugin you can view details about it such as the the point release, rating and description. Most importantly of course, you can install it by simply clicking Install Now. After clicking that link you will be asked if you’re sure you want to install the plugin. Click yes and WordPress will automatically complete the installation.

Manual installation

The manual installation method involves downloading WooSidebars Sidebar Manager Converter and uploading it to your webserver via your favourite FTP application.

  1. Download the plugin file to your computer and unzip it
  2. Using an FTP program, or your hosting control panel, upload the unzipped plugin folder to your WordPress installation’s wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  3. Activate the plugin from the Plugins menu within the WordPress admin.

Where to go after installation

Once WooSidebars has been installed and activated, please visit the “Tools -> Convert Sidebars” screen to check if you have any sidebars to be converted.

Upgrading

Automatic updates should work a charm; as always though, ensure you backup your site just in case.

FAQ

Where can I find WooSidebars documentation and user guides?

For further documentation on using WooSidebars, please view the WooSidebars Sidebar Manager Converter Documentation.

The message comes up that I’m “good to go”. What does that mean?

Excellent. This means you don’t have any Sidebar Manager data to convert. You can deactivate and uninstall this plugin.

How can I contribute to WooSidebars Sidebar Manager Converter development?

Looking to contribute code to this plugin? Fork the repository over at GitHub.
(submit pull requests to the “develop” branch)

Reviews

A time saver, a potential life saver as well

Thank you! Words fail to express the relief this solution provides.
Imagine my surprise after updating the core framework only to find that 20+ sidebars had systematically disappeared, something I feel should have been made clear initially (there was no option to view a change log on the framework update screen). This plugin saved me hours of work and frustration.
Good job!

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Contributors & Developers

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

Contributors

Changelog

1.1.2

  • 2015-04-22
  • Security Fix for add_query_arg vulnerability

1.1.1

  • 2013-01-14
  • Moved to WordPress.org. Woo!