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  • Hello,

    I’m building a plugin that needs to determine whether the page being viewed is a single page (as determined by is_single()). If is_single evaluates to true, then I need to use my custom sidebar. If false, then the default sidebar. The is_single part is easy enough… but I am at wit’s end trying to figure out how to change the get_sidebar() to get_sidebar('custom-sidebar') without modifying the theme files.

    I don’t want to hack the theme files in any way.

    I think Kaiser has it fairly close over at stack exchange (, but I can’t get that to work.

    I am reaching out here as a final effort at finding an answer- not a first. I’m starting to think that what I want to do can’t be done, but it seems like with all of WP’s thousands of hooks, there should be some hook or filter for something like this.


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  • Moderator bcworkz


    Try something like the following. I don’t see a need to to call any sidebar function, so there shouldn’t be a recursion issue.

    add_action('get_sidebar', 'jas_pick_sidebar');
    function jas_pick_sidebar($name) {
      if (is_single()){
        return 'custom';
      return $name;

    A single page should load the template sidebar-custom.php with this.

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