WooSidebars Plugin – Customized Sidebars For Your Blog or Website

WooSidebars PluginAre you tired of having the same sidebar throughout your WordPress blog or website? How would you like a customized sidebar just for your About Page?

With WooSidebars you can override any widgetized area on your WordPress-powered website, displaying different widgets for different pages, posts, post types, categories and more… without touching a line of code. And it works with any theme that uses dynamic sidebars.

In this video I not only show you how to install and setup this plugin, but I also give you ideas of how you might creatively use it on your own site.

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  1. Barrett Rossie December 3, 2012 at 10:04 am #

    This is great information Bob, thanks for sharing it. I always thought that one of the weaknesses of WordPress was the inability to customize the sidebars for a given page. I guess that’s the great thing about WP — when there’s a perceived problem, some smart folks somewhere will solve it. :)


    • Bob Dunn December 3, 2012 at 10:11 am #

      You bet. And that’s so true, usually someone eventually finds a solution. In fact I know a couple of plugin developers who have often asked me if I hear of a need, let them know, and if it’s doable, they will jump on it. That’s what is so cool about the WordPress community :) Thanks for stopping by!


  2. Francisco February 5, 2013 at 8:48 am #

    Hi!. I am using Woocommerce plugin in my site. I have installed Woosidebars because my default sidebar doesn’t appear in my shop pages (shop, categories, products and so on). With this plugin installed a new tab turns up, called Woocommerce. There, I can choose the pages from my Shop. Nonetheless, it doesn’t work! It works for all the pages in my site except Woocommerce pages, even though this new Woocommerce tab was included in the Woosidebars menu!

    Any suggestion?


    • Bob Dunn February 5, 2013 at 8:58 am #

      Shoot, I haven’t worked with WooCommerce yet, but it’s on my list as it’s needed for an upcoming project. I’m just wondering if in WooCommerce there is some setting for a full page page?


      • Francisco February 5, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

        What do you exactly mean with a full page page?


        • Bob Dunn February 5, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

          It’s just a thought. Or maybe I am just guessing what you are seeing. Is the pages you are unable to get it to work …. do they have a sidebar or are the full pages with no sidebar.


          • Francisco February 5, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

            Woocommerce pages haven’t any sidebar by default, except Cart and chekout pages whose are called directly from the WordPress theme… What I want is to see my default sidebar in all my pages, even Wocommerce pages.


  3. Johnm April 11, 2013 at 6:12 am #

    I agree.

    The Genesis Simple Sidebars widget was just too irritating. On my present project I just could not get the all the different sidebars to show up, even though the sidebar ID’s correctly setup per page and post. So I moved away from a Genesis solution.

    I installed WooSidebars and they just worked perfectly. All the sidebar selecter options are in one place.

    Oh well!


    • Bob Dunn April 11, 2013 at 6:42 am #

      Yeah, I know what you mean regarding WooSidebars being a bit more flexible.


  4. Gary Jones September 9, 2013 at 6:39 am #

    Having used WordPress for years, I also thought the limit of having only one sidebar was very restrictive. I thought WooSidebars was the answer, but after installing the plug-in and creating a couple of unique sidebars for select post categories I was shocked to discover that the “unique” sidebars are now on every page except the “Home” page. When I look at my posts every single one has a check mark beside “custom sidebar” but it’s not possible to uncheck this box. What am I doing wrong here? I can’t get any answers from their support forum.


    • Bob Dunn September 9, 2013 at 7:11 am #

      Mmmmm, so it wounds as if you have checked all the settings in your Appearance > Widget areas. Double check that some other box isn’t checked under another tab. What theme are you using, as there could be rare cases when it doesn’t behave with one. Also what is the URL?


  5. brian February 5, 2014 at 12:40 am #

    Is there a way to use Woosidebars for a sidebar on the Products Category page – I cant see this… What I want to achieve is a different sidebar (for relative posts) to the product category – ie; Its a health site so on the products category page for say Adrenal all the Adrenal product I want to show relevent posts for visitors to read


    • Bob Dunn February 5, 2014 at 7:00 am #

      Hey Brian, yeah, I see what you mean. Products categories aren’t listed there. So I am a bit confused, how are these posts that are relevant to the product category Adrenal created? It sounds as if they are posts and not actual products, right?


  6. joyce grace August 16, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

    I am using Genesis Simple Sidebars right now but the problem is that with WooCommerce, the template pages want to take the ‘default’ sidebar no matter what settings you put. If you try to get it to ‘take’ to a new sidebar you’ve created it won’t. I’m wondering if a) Woo Sidebars will integrate with Genesis and b) If it will allow woocommerce pages to use something other than the default sidebar?


    • Bob Dunn August 16, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

      Hey Joyce, yes you can. I have used WooSidebars with Genesis and WooCommerce in the past. It actually gives you the option to not only select certain WooCommerce pages like shop, cart, etc. But it also gives you the option of the WooCommerce taxonomies. Pretty nice…


  7. Carl Tulumello November 17, 2014 at 11:56 am #


    Great info – thanks.

    Can I edit the sidebar width and height?


    • Bob Dunn November 17, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

      That would have more to do with the theme you are using.


  8. Digital Agency August 3, 2015 at 2:02 am #

    WooSidebars is great! We’ve used it when we’ve been building a few sites and it can really help further customise your website layout.


  9. Kat September 17, 2015 at 7:49 am #

    Hi Bob, quick question: I am using WooSidebars for WooCommerce, and need to add a sidebar to a product attribute template. I know categories are supported but is there a way to support attributes? Thanks!


    • Bob Dunn September 17, 2015 at 8:25 am #

      Yeah, shoot not that I know of… trying to think if there would be any way to use the product categories but don’t know of a way to assign them to an attribute. Mmmmmm. Wonder if there is some other work around.. will have to ponder this :)


      • Anonymous September 17, 2015 at 8:32 am #

        Thanks!! Keeping my fingers crossed for a stroke of genius :) I would love to use the plugin for my current project.


        • Kat September 17, 2015 at 8:33 am #

          Forgot my name. Didn’t mean to hide.



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