We are going to focus today on how to arrange specific WordPress widgets in a sidebar such as adverts so that they appear only on a specific page or post.
At the moment whenever you add something to a sidebar this feature will always appear on every page or post on your WordPress website. But this is no good if say you have written a page solely about a certain product and you only want to show that product/advert that goes with that article on that page.
With this in mind I would like to explain to you how to use the WordPress plugin “TS Custom Widgets” so that you can have full control over what and where things appear in your sidebars on your WordPress site..
This article is really intended for people who are fairly familiar with the basics of WordPress such as adding posts or pages and know how to use widgets and plugins. If you are not then read some other my other WordPress Articles first.
Using TS Custom Widgets Plugin
First thing you need to do is install the plugin and activate it. Just type in the plugin search bar “Custom Widgets“. You should then see it at the top of the search results. The plugin is by ThaSlayer. Once found just install it.
Once installed look to the very bottom of your WordPress dashboard at the bottom left under settings. You will see the link/tab for TS Custom Widgets. Click on this.
You will now see a page that list all the sidebars/widgets areas you have and what is in them.
Just click on the one you want to customize. If you are not sure what a particular widget is in your sidebar then look at your live website and see what is in what sidebar and what position. You will then know what each one is within the custom widget plugin.
So click the widget you want to customize. You will now be on a page where you can decide on what pages or posts + other sections of your site that you want the widget to only display on.
Click the “Edit link” that you see next to Posts or Pages depending on whether you want the widget to appear on either a specific post or page or both.
On this new page you will decide where exactly the widget will appear. Simply tick the box of the page/post you want it to appear on. This could be all of them or just one. When you have decided, look below and see the link for “Add selected Pages/Posts” and click this. Your widget will now be showing only on those specific pages/posts.Go to your site and now check this has happened.
If you decide that a widget is displaying somewhere you do not like then simply go through the previous steps again. This time the widget you have altered will be in red. But when you get to the page where you choose where the widget will be seen, this time look to the left underneath “show in pages/posts” you will see a list of pages/posts that this widget is on. Just click on the page/post you do not want the widget on and it is done.
As far as this plugin goes it seems to work very well. The only problem I have encountered was placing a widget on the Home page and the Blog page at the same time. It would only show on the Home page. Not sure why this happens. But apart from that this is the best plugin I have come across for placing specific features in a sidebar on specific pages or posts.
Don’t forget if you have a specific question about WordPress then why not leave a message on the Contact Me page. I would also be happy to show you how to make money from your WordPress site as well.