The custom sidebars system basically allows you to create custom sidebar ‘widget areas’ and place them on any layout, based on the context or page. This allows common sidebar configurations to be easily re-used across different pages, while allowing for each page to have a custom sidebar. Once you’ve got the hang of it, it takes customizing WordPress to a whole new level.
ArtDroid comes with a number of custom widgets which you can easily place in any sidebars or footers. They can be customized in the WordPress adminstration under Appearance › Widgets.
- Related Posts – Show posts related to the current post or page. This only works when appearing on a single post or page. To use it:
- Add a Related Posts widget to a sidebar, and first thing press the Save button at the bottom of the widget.
- Select which taxonomy you want posts to be related by. Additional taxonomies can be added by pressing +Sub Clause.
- Press Save!
- Term Feed – Show a list of categories or tags. It’s kind of like a tag cloud, but more practical. To use it:
- Add a Term Feed widget to a sidebar.
- Select which taxonomy you would like to show terms from, and customize other options.
- Press Save!
- Feeds – Make a feed of posts based on a custom query. To create and place a custom feed:
- In the WordPress Admin, go to ArtDroid › Feeds
- Add a new feed, name and customize it, then press Save.
- Go to Appearance › Widgets and add an ArtDroid Feed widget to your sidebar.
- Select the feed which you would like to appear in that sidebar, and press Save!
Creating a sidebar creates a re-usable space where widgets can be placed throughout the site. The sidebar can be configured to be shown in various contexts.
- Create a new sidebar, in the WordPress admin under ArtDroid › Sidebars, then press Save.
- Customize which widgets appear in the sidebar, under Appearance › Widgets
- Apply the Sidebar to the layout of the context / page that you want it to appear on:
- To add a sidebar to any context, go in the WordPress Admin under ArtDroid › Layout
- To add a sidebar to a single page specifically, edit that page, scroll down and use the Layout metabox.