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Introducing the New BYOB Thesis Sub Sidebars Plugin
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Rick Anderson
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This is a new plugin that allows you to create "sub sidebars" that you can drag and drop widgets to.  These sub sidebars can be located either at the top or the bottom of the default Thesis sidebars 1 and 2.  Once created you can select which sub sidebars are displayed on any given post or page from the post/page edit screen.

This allows you to create a "sales" sub sidebar and display it only on sales pages or a "members" sidebar and only display it on members pages.  It also allows you to select the visibility based on the user's logged in status.  Thus you can display one sub sidebar to anonymous visitors and another to members of your site.

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Hi rick,

 

i'm going to make use of this plugin as i create my video membership portion of my website which is built on thesis. with this widget, am i able to not have the existing sidebar widgets that show throughout my site show up or is there a separate action i need to take to prevent the "regular" sidebar widgets from showing in my members video pages?

 

my plan for the widget is to have video links in the sidebar that members can choose to go to other videos.

 

thanks, david

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You have several options.  You could create a sub sidebar for each sidebar condition you want and not use sidebar 1 at all.  (or use it for widgets you want to display on every page).  This is how it was intended to be used.

Or you could use it in conjunction with the Display Widgets plugin.

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the first condition is the one that sounds like i would like. so does the widget allow sidebar 1 to be removed for the pages i choose? or is there another setting in thesis i need to do to remove the sidebar 1? 

 

thanks, david

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It's not that the sidebar is removed.  You simply leave it empty and tell you sub-sidebars to be either at the top or bottom of Sidebar 1.

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okay i have it downloaded and installed. i'm in the setup but don't see how i can select a specific page. for example, this is one of the pages i would want the new sidebar to appear in;

 

http://californiasupplementale.....vironment/

 

also i'm going to have 5 categories and each category will have several links to videos underneath. should each category be it's own sidebar?

 

 

thanks, david

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With the plugin installed you have a dialog on every post and page that will let you choose which sub-sidebar to display.  You can set the archive display rules in the plugin options.  I'd use a different sub sidebar for each different set of widgets you want to display.

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okay, i got that, i see it in the page on the left. but now i have my five sidebars on top of sidebar 1. how do i not have sidebar 1 display on this page?

 

here is the link again; http://californiasupplementale.....nt/ maybe the forum doesn't like the link?

 

by the way, this is a great plugin!

 

thanks, david

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okay, this is great! i got my categories setup. i still have the question about not having sidebar 1 appear on the page.

 

check out the page.

 

go to http://www.californiasupplemen.....alexam.com

 

then add 

 

/knowledge-statement-01-natural-environment/

 

and you will see the page.

 

thanks again, david

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June 28, 2012 - 5:13 pm
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californiasupplementalexam.com

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Sidebar 1 will always be there.  That's why these are "sub-sidebars".  The trick is to only put widgets in sidebar 1 that you want to display on all pages and posts (or use a plugin like "Display Widgets" to control them).  Then you use the sub-sidebars to create sets of widgets that display above or below sidebar 1 on different pages.

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Rick 

 

Can this sub-sidebar plugin be set up to show on a post only like it can on a page?

 

Roscoe

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No, but I should.  I'm working in plugins this weekend so I might get a chance to add that.

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Rick that would be way cool.

Here is what I'm wanting to do. 

Each Powder Keg product is specific to a model of snowmobile and on the pages I have made the sidebars specific the the sled model and color, but I want to do this with my post pages I have made to help customers understand which model of products will fit their snowmobile.

Check out these links and notice the sidebars.

I'm sure you get this all the time, but thanks for you passion to do help others and do it the right way.

 

A post: http://www.powderkegllc.com/10.....-summit-x/

A page: http://www.powderkegllc.com/pr.....-products/

 

Just want to be able to put that page sidebar on the post.

Wish I had the knowledge to write it for you, but then why would I need you right.

Have a great day!

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June 30, 2012 - 12:45 pm
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Links didn't work right 

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You should take a look at the dynamic widgets plugin.  I have some videos here on using it (that's what I use on this site).  It'll probably do what you want it to do.

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Love your site Roscoe! bravo

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