Genesis Simple Sidebars

Description

This plugin allows you to create multiple, dynamic widget areas, and assign those widget areas to sidebar locations within the Genesis Framework on a per post, per page, or per tag/category archive basis.

Creating widget areas programmatically, then using conditional logic to properly assign them to sidebar locations can be a complex task for a beginner. This plugin allows you to do all this from a simple administration menu, and assign widget areas to sidebar locations with simple drop-down menus within the post/page edit screens, or when editing a tag or category.

Installation

  1. Upload the entire genesis-simple-sidebars folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. DO NOT change the name of the genesis-simple-sidebars folder
  3. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  4. Navigate to the Genesis > Simple Sidebars menu
  5. Create as many new sidebar widget areas as you need
  6. Choose the widget area you want to display by choosing it from the drop-down menu in the post/page or category/tag edit screen.

FAQ

Can I assign widget areas to locations other than the sidebars?

No. You can only assign them to the primary and secondary sidebars, using the plugin.

However, once a widget area has been created, you can use hooks to programmatically display those widget areas throughout the theme. But if you’re going to do that, it’s very unlikely that you would want to use the plugin to create the widget areas. You might as well just create the widget areas programmatically too.

Does this plugin give me the option of creating an entirely NEW sidebar?

Not in the way you’re probably thinking. The markup surrounding the widget area never changes. The only thing that changes is the dynamic content that displays within the pre-existing sidebar locations.

Reviews

July 2, 2019
Really wish I could give a better review. After a lot of testing for plugin conflicts, this simply does not do anything. No matter what I tried, I could make the sidebars but they would never show up on the page. I'd select the new sidebar, add some widgets to it just in case, but only my original "Primary Sidebar" would show up. When I go into Customize, it only shows and lets me edit the primary sidebar. Tested on multiple pages. I provided screen shots and as much as I could in the support area and am not making this review until after I waited for a month with very little reply from support until things just went cold. It's been a week since my last poke on the post. I understand it seems to work for a lot of people, just not us.
June 6, 2018
Common StudioPress! What's gong on here? Your company is highly successful. I expected more! Show some professionalism.
January 8, 2017
Excellent stuff, works perfect and it's easy for clients (and for me) to manage the different custom sidebars. Big thanks,
September 3, 2016
I spent about 10 minutes getting this plugin installed and set up. SO incredibly easy and now running custom sidebars on my site. Uses the widget function which I am super familiar with in the Genesis ecosystem.
September 3, 2016
Throwing errors on multiple sites. Warning: Illegal string offset 'name' in /html/wp-content/plugins/genesis-simple-sidebars/plugin.php on line 105 Warning: Illegal string offset 'description' in /html/wp-content/plugins/genesis-simple-sidebars/plugin.php on line 107
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Contributors & Developers

“Genesis Simple Sidebars” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

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Change log

2.2.1

  • Allow sidebars to show in the WordPress Posts page.

2.2.0

  • Fixed coding standards errors.
  • Introduced coding standards validation.

2.1.0

  • Rewrite based on new plugin boilerplate.
  • Make ID field readonly, rather than disabled.
  • Add header widget area support.
  • Allow for empty ID (auto-generate ID from name).
  • Allow for only alphanumeric characters in ID.
  • Use WordPress native term meta functions.

2.0.3

  • Fix warnings and notices.

2.0.2

  • Change text domain, update POT file.

2.0.1

  • Genesis 2.0.1 compatibility with term meta keys.
  • Use actual sidebar name, instead of hardcoded names.
  • Fix incorrect textdomain.

2.0.0

  • Compatibility with Genesis 2.0.0.
  • Standards.

1.0.0

  • Reorganise theme files.
  • Standards

0.9.2.1

  • Restore default tag/category support.
  • Default custom taxonomy support to go on for public taxonomies
  • Remove secondary selection when no 3 column layouts are enabled.

0.9.2

  • Added support for custom taxonomies.
  • Added translation support.
  • bug fix to prevent invalid sidebar creation.

0.9.1

  • Added support for custom post types.

0.9

  • Fixed “is not array” errors reported by users.
  • Added nonce verification for security purposes.
  • Added error and success messages.
  • Bump to pre-release 0.9 branch.

0.1

  • Initial Alpha Release.