Custom Sidebars – Dynamic Widget Area Manager – WordPress plugin Free download

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Custom Sidebars – Dynamic Widget Area Manager


** Manage and replace sidebars and other widget areas on your site with Custom Sidebars, a flexible widget area manager. **

Make custom sidebar configurations and be able to choose what widgets display on each page or post of your site.

Display Different Sidebars on Pages and Posts

Custom Sidebars allows you to dynamically display custom widget configurations on any page, post, category, post type, or archive page.

Custom Sidebars allows you to display custom widget configurations on any page, post, category, post type, or archive page.


“Custom Sidebars will go on my “essential plugins” list from now on. I am pleased by how easy it was to figure out and by how many options are available in the free version.” – monkeyhateclean


“This plugin does exactly what it says. It’s light, integrates well into WordPress and gives you tons of possibilities.” – DarkNova

Every part of Custom Sidebars integrates seamlessly with the Widgets menu for simplicity and control. No confusing settings pages or added menu items, just simple core integration.

A Simple Flexible Sidebar Manager

** Custom Sidebars Includes: **
* Unlimited custom widget configurations
* Set custom widgets for individual posts and pages, categories, post types, and archives
* Seamless integration with the WordPress Widgets menu
* Works with well-coded themes and doesn’t slow down your site
* Set individual widget visibility – for guests, by user role, by post type, for special pages or categories
* Author specific sidebars – display a custom sidebar for each of your authors
* Clone and sync widget settings – quickly edit complex configurations
* Import and export custom sidebars – backup and share sidebars

Install Custom Sidebars and see for yourself why it’s the most popular widget extension plugin available for WordPress with over 200,000 active installs.

Custom Sidebars Is Fully-Loaded

If you run a design agency, or just want to get rid of the ads, checkout Custom Sidebars Pro:

Ad free
24/7 support for all things WordPress
Upfront themes, 100+ premium plugins and WPMU DEV services – Including speed optimization, managed backups with 10GB cloud storage and security hardening

Get Custom Sidebars Pro for targeted marketing, better widgets for each level of your membership site, or just to clean up bloated content on each page. Click to Download and try it for free!

Contact and Credits

Custom sidebars is maintained and developed by WPMU DEV.

Original development completed by Javier Marquez.

Custom Sidebars uses the great jQuery plugin Tiny Scrollbar by Maarten Baijs.


Set custom sidebars for individual posts and pages or by category, post-type, or archive.
Create new sidebars without confusing settings.
Integrates with WordPress core Widgets menu.


There are two ways of installing the plugin:

From the WordPress plugins page

Click to Download the plugin, extract the zip file.
Upload the custom-sidebars folder to your /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
Active the plugin in the plugin menu panel in your administration area.

From inside your WordPress installation, in the plugin section.

Search for custom sidebars plugin.
Click to Download it and then active it.

Once you have the plugin activated you will find all new features inside your “Widgets” screen! There you will be able to create and manage your own sidebars.

Find more usage information on the Custom Sidebars Pro page.


How do I begin working with this plugin?

Please refer to the usage section of Custom Sidebars Pro.

Why can’t I see a widget menu?

This plugin requires your theme to have widget areas enabled, if you don’t have widget areas enabled you probably need to use a different theme that does!

Where do I set my sidebars up?

You have a sidebar box when editing a entry. Also you can define default sidebars for different posts and archives.

Why do I get a message ‘There are no replaceable sidebars selected’?

You can create all the sidebars you want, but you need some sidebars of your theme to be replaced by the ones that you have created. You have to select which sidebars from your theme are suitable to be replaced in the Custom Sidebars settings page and you will have them available to switch.

Everything is working properly on Admin area, but the custom sidebars are not displayed on the site. Why?

You are probably using a theme that doesn’t load dynamic sidebars properly or doesn’t use the wp_head() function in its header. The plugin replaces the sidebars inside that function, and many other plugins hook there, so it is more than recommended to use it.

It appears that only an Admin can choose to add a sidebar. How can Editors (or any other role) edit customs sidebars?

Any user that can switch themes, can create sidebars. Switch_themes is the capability needed to manage widgets, so if you can’t edit widgets you can’t create custom sidebars. There are some plugins to give capabilities to the roles, so you can make your author be able to create the sidebars. Try User role editor

Can I use the plugin in commercial projects?

Custom Sidebars has the same license as WordPress, so you can use it wherever you want for free. Yay!


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