How to add custom sidebars for your Genesis Child Theme

In this tutorial I explain how  How to add custom sidebars for your Genesis Child Theme.

If you have been using a Genesis Child Theme, you probably have noticed that your theme displays the same sidebar by default (Primary sidebar ) all across your theme pages, posts, archives, etc. unless the designer himself created a custom.

Sidebars providing space for stuff, which aren’t a part of usual content, such as menus, text excerpts, forms, social buttons, featured content, adds, slideshows, …

You probably prefer custom sidebars for some pages WooCommerce page, contat, about, services pages, etc..

In that case, I recommend to my customers Genesis Simple Sidebars, this plugin allows you to create multiple, dynamic widget areas, and assign those widget areas to sidebar locations within the Genesis Framework on a per post, per page, or per tag/category archive basis.

HOW TO ADD CUSTOM SIDEBARS FOR YOUR GENESIS CHILD THEME

  1. In your WordPress dashboard, hover over Plugins.
  2. Choose “Add new”.
  3. Type “Genesis Simple Sidebars” in the box and press “Search Plugins”.
  4. Once you have located the plugin, click Install Now.

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SETTING UP CUSTOM SIDEBARS

  1. Once you´ve installed it, go to Genesis.
  2. Choose “Simply Sidebars”.
  3. Type your sidebar name (Example: “Shop sidebar”).
  4. Add ID, ( Example: “Shop sidebar”).
  5. Click New sidebar.

Now, you will see the new sidebar you´ve created in “Current Sidebars”.

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After adding your custom sidebar:

  1. Go to Appearance.
  2. Choose “Widgets”.

And there you have it! A custom sidebar for Your Genesis Child Theme.

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Now, you can drag your widgets (texts, cart, categories, best sellers, custom menus,etc.) to the new sidebar.

THE END RESULT:

Finally, your sidebar is ready! For example, I´ve added a shop sidebar to my Shirley Genesis Child Theme

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You can add as many custom sidebars as you want.

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