Lightweight Sidebar Manager

Description

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

Screenshots

  • 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.

Installation

  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.

FAQ

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.

Reviews

20 April 2021
The theme I am using to develop my website came with sidebars but they were not dynamic. After testing about 3 sidebar plugins, I was about to give up, then I found this one. It was very easy to use and works perfectly. I would highly recommend this plugin if you are looking for an easy way of incorporating sidebars on your website.
19 January 2021
This does not work very well for me. It has some major issues. In order to set the sidebar for the pages/posts, you have to go to appearance > Astra options > sidebars. Then filter through four sets of options to get the sidebar where you want. For most people, this is not intuitive. It’s time-consuming and very confusing. Ideally, you should just go to the page you want to edit and select the sidebar you want on the page. Astra already has a settings area on the page where you can choose the location of the sidebar (left, right, none). It would make sense to then have some checkboxes below this to choose which sidebar you want to display on the page, instead of having to do it at appearance > Astra options > sidebars. But I understood some people like having control over all their sidebars in one place. For them, this plugin may be helpful, but it does not have filters to set the sidebar according to a specific category. The current process to set a custom sidebar is very confusing and time-consuming if you have a lot of pages/posts where you want to have different sidebars. I would like to request the Brainstorm Force team to add an option in the Gutenberg editor section from where we can select the sidebar we want for specific pages/posts. In this way, the plugin will be helpful for both types of people who want to have a master control to set sidebar at once and for the people, who want to set sidebar according to their pages/posts from the editor section itself.
22 January 2021
Great idea for a plugin. It’s easy to use and does exactly what it says. The developer does however not respond to bug-reports in a professional way, so I wouldn’t rely on it for critical sites. It works well for testing purposes though.
9 July 2020
This works just fine but for me it has one major issue. (I see this in a lot of themes as well.) In order to set the sidebar for the page you have to go to appearance > astra options > sidebars. Then filter through four sets of options to get the sidebar where you want. For most people this is not intuitive. It's time consuming and confusing. Ideally, you should just go to the page you want to edit and select the sidebar you want on the page. Like I said, I see a lot of themes use this non-linear way of setting things up. Problem is, you end up having to go five different places to change the settings and design of your page. Astra already has a settings area on the page where you can choose the location of the sidebar (left, right, none). It would make sense to then have some check boxes below this to choose which sidebar you want to display on the page, instead of having to do it at appearance > astra options > sidebars. I guess some people like having control over all their sidebars in one place. But it makes it very difficult and time consuming when you are trying to design a page. You can tell this was designed by a developer. A design surely would have made it easier. (nothing personal to developers... 🙂 I would give this a two-star rating because of the illogical way it is implemented. I just don't subscribe to this way of thinking. But since this is my personal preference and I realize some like having multiple control panels to design one page, then I guess I will give it another star.
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Contributors and Developers

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

Contributors

Change Log

1.1.7

  • Fix: Added compatibility with WordPress v5.7 for jQuery migration warnings on admin page.

1.1.6

  • Improvement: Hardened the security of plugin.

1.1.5

  • Fix: Security hardening.

1.1.4

  • Fix: Fixed compatibility with other plugins with respect to the admin notice.

1.1.3

  • New: Users can now share non-personal usage data to help us test and develop better products. ( https://store.brainstormforce.com/usage-tracking/?utm_source=wp_dashboard&utm_medium=general_settings&utm_campaign=usage_tracking )

1.1.2

  • Improvement: Hardened the security of plugin
  • Improvement: Compatibility with latest WordPress PHP_CodeSniffer rules

1.1.1

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

1.1.0

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

1.0.2

  • 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 translate.W.org

1.0.1

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

1.0.0

  • Initial release