In a previous post My Favorite Things to Use with WordPress Part 2 at the top of my favorite’s list was the plugin Display Widgets. This plugin allows you to display different widgets on different pages, thus allowing you to have custom sidebars on your WordPress site. Today, I am going to show you how to use it.
How to Install the Display Widgets Plugin
1. Login to the dashboard of your WordPress site
2. Locate the plugins area on the left hand side and click “add new”
3. Type Display Widgets in the search box and click search plugins
4. You will then see a list of plugins matching your search. Locate Display Widgets and click “install now”
5. It will ask you if you are sure you want to install this plugin. Click “ok”
6. After it installs you will come to next screen click “activate plugin”
7. Let’s use thing thing!
How to use the Display Widgets Plugin
There are no additional settings for this plugin. It is simply plug and play.
1. Go to appearance then widgets
2. Once in your list of widgets, select the widgets you want to only be on a certain page or pages. You can do this by clicking the arrow in the upper right hand side of the widget you select.
3. Once the widget is expanded you will see a new area beneath the normal widget options. The first item to select is “show/hide widgets”. You can either hide a widget on a particular page or only show it on a particular page. I found showing it on a particular page is most effective since the rest of your widgets will show on all pages unless you indicate otherwise. This is of course if you just want to hide a widget on 1 or 2 pages. Up to you.
4. For demonstration purposes I will use “show on checked”. So, select ”show on checked”.
5. Select which page(s) you want that particular widget to show on then click save.
6. If you selected for the widget to only display on the about page, then check it by going to any other page you have widgets and you will see it is not appearing on those pages, just the about page.
That is it. Pretty simple and self-explanatory.
Useful Ways to Use the Plugin
I will use myself as an example since I use this plugin a lot with other clients. In my use of the plugin, I have a lot of services that I offer and I break them up into pages. If you look at the page WordPress design services, you will see in the lower right hand corner it says “Other Services”, and you will see links to WordPress Development and Consulting & Traning. If you go to the WordPress Development page you will see in the same corner WordPress design and Training & Consulting, so that if you go to a particular page it shows other services that I offer but does not include the particular service of the page you are on. This way you can make it look slightly more custom to showcase other services and not have a link to the same page your user is on. It is just a nice touch. To do this, I just set up about 6 widgets and set up my different variations with WordPress design on particular pages and so forth and so on with all the other links. You can of course code this straight into the site using conditional statements, but I’m not above using a plugin and I can easily just go in and edit it and change it. Same applies if you are using this plugin for a client and they want to add more services. It is a nice way for them to edit it themselves. If you want to do additional links and things too an easy way for you or a client would be to just make a custom menu and use the menu widget. That way they do not need to write any html.