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
- In your WordPress dashboard, hover over Plugins.
- Choose “Add new”.
- Type “Genesis Simple Sidebars” in the box and press “Search Plugins”.
- Once you have located the plugin, click Install Now.
SETTING UP CUSTOM SIDEBARS
- Once you´ve installed it, go to Genesis.
- Choose “Simply Sidebars”.
- Type your sidebar name (Example: “Shop sidebar”).
- Add ID, ( Example: “Shop sidebar”).
- Click New sidebar.
Now, you will see the new sidebar you´ve created in “Current Sidebars”.
After adding your custom sidebar:
- Go to Appearance.
- Choose “Widgets”.
And there you have it! A custom sidebar for Your Genesis Child Theme.
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
You can add as many custom sidebars as you want.