WooSidebars

Description

With WooSidebars, it’s possible to change the widgets that display in a sidebar (widgetized area) according to a context (for example, a specific page, a specific blog post, certain categories or the search results screen). Setting up a custom widget area to display across multiple conditions is as easy as a few clicks.

Looking for a helping hand? View plugin documentation.

Looking to contribute code to this plugin? Fork the repository over at GitHub. Please also read the CONTRIBUTING.md file, bundled within this plugin.

Screenshots

  • The list of custom widget areas.
  • Adding a custom widget area.

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, log in to your WordPress admin panel, navigate to the Plugins menu and click Add New.

In the search field type “WooSidebars” 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 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 “Appearance -> Widget Areas” screen to begin adding custom widget areas.

Upgrading

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

FAQ

Installation Instructions

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, log in to your WordPress admin panel, navigate to the Plugins menu and click Add New.

In the search field type “WooSidebars” 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 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 “Appearance -> Widget Areas” screen to begin adding custom widget areas.

Upgrading

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

Where can I find WooSidebars documentation and user guides?

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

Will WooSidebars work with my theme?

Yes; WooSidebars will work with any theme that supports dynamic widget areas.

How can I contribute to WooSidebars development?

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

Reviews

Fatal Error and site crashed

I hate when a plugin crashes my site. This is what happened. And it is really annoying as deleting even the whole woocommerce plugin doesn’t help. I would give zero star if possible. For causing me so much problem.
Fatal error: Can’t use function return value in write context in /home2/********/public_html/********/wp-content/plugins/woosidebars/classes/class-woo-sidebars.php on line 756

very nice plugin

Nice plugin. Perfect solution if you want to have different sidebars per condition. and given it comes from woocommerce, 5stars

Works, but weird..

Somehow works, but i am not exactly know how. After time, is in administration mess, attributes are missing… weird.

Useful plugin, could use an update

Still working well on PHP 7 and WP 4.9, at least thus far. Support is mostly non existent. Haven’t found a comparable replacement to this plugin that has the same functionality.

What happened to this?

Plugin broke a long time ago and no effort from Woo to fix or reply to threads. Very disappointing. Finding another solution now. I’ve created a separate thread for support, and will gladly change my 1-star if this is repaired in future.

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Contributors & Developers

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

Contributors

“WooSidebars” has been translated into 7 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

Translate “WooSidebars” into your language.

Interested in development?

Browse the code, check out the SVN repository, or subscribe to the development log by RSS.

Changelog

1.4.5

  • 2018-06-18
  • Fixes a fatal error, by removing the no longer relevant contextual help.

1.4.4

  • 2018-06-08
  • Bug fix and maintenance release. Enables “pages and their children” as a widget area condition.

1.4.3

  • 2015-09-22
  • Ensures condition headings are present before attempting to output in the conditions meta box.

1.4.2

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

1.4.1

  • 2015-02-17
  • Fixes an error notice on the homepage, caused by the tag check logic.

1.4.0

  • 2015-02-17
  • WordPress 3.8 compatibility.
  • Adds “posts tagged with” condition.

1.3.1

  • 2013-08-13
  • Bug fix to ensure multiple conditions save correctly.

1.3.0

  • 2013-08-12
  • Introduces woosidebars_upper_limit filter, used on all database queries, to control scaling.
  • Fixes several PHP notices for “undefined index”.
  • Fixes “single” condition, where a small section of logic was missing for determining if the condition applied to the current screen being loaded.
  • Optimises admin-side JavaScript and CSS.

1.2.2

  • 2013-03-08
  • Changes capability for displaying the menu to “edit_theme_options” in line with the “Widgets” menu capability.

1.2.1

  • 2013-01-09
  • Updated admin JavaScript for WordPress 3.5+ compatibility. Moved “Advanced” tab outside of the tabs list.
  • Fixed bug with the “Template Hierarchy -> Pages” condition that wasn’t applying.
  • When WordPress SEO is active, dequeue unused stylesheets on the “Widget Areas” “add” and “edit” screens.

1.2.0

  • Renamed files according to standards naming convention.
  • Added scope to methods and properties where missing.

1.1.2

  • Routine hardening and maintenance update. Fixed notice message in WooCommerce integration.

1.1.1

  • Fix notice displayed on WooCommerce product pages from the WooSidebars integration.

1.1.0

  • Initial WooCommerce integration.

1.0.0

  • First release. Woo!