The Sweet Plugin: Widget Logic

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Today’s Sweet Plugin is another WordPress plugin that tweaks how the widgets system works. It’s called Widget Logic, and it might just save you the trouble of creating extra sidebar areas.

The video is embedded at the top of this post’s page, with more about the plugin below.

Widget Logic

Widget Logic allows you to specify which templates, using WordPress’ conditional tags, a sidebar widget will show up on. Instead of creating a new sidebar area for a few slightly tweaked templates here and there, using Widget Logic widgets can be loaded conditionally based on the template you’re viewing.

Do you use Widget Logic to improve the flexibility of your own sidebar system? What methods do you use to wrangle your sidebars to your will?

Video recorded with version 0.48 of Widget Logic, running WordPress 3.1.3.

About the plugin author

The developer, alanft, has developed a few other plugins in the WordPress.org directory too.

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8 thoughts on “The Sweet Plugin: Widget Logic

  1. Just the other day I was looking for a plugin for better widget management and Widget Logic was among the ones I tried. It works as advertised but unfortunately it’s missing a feature I needed: Not only select in which posts/pages the widgets will appear, but also be able to re-arrange them on certain pages.

    Instead I used WP Page Widget, which adds a Widget sub-panel on each Post/Edit Page panel and you can either go with the default arrangement or add/remove/rearrange the widgets for that page alone.

    Great plugin nevertheless, if I only needed to show/hide widgets on certain pages, I would have used it for sure.

  2. Hi Ryan, so I’ve got a bit of a silly question… Why is it that you wear the same clothes for each daily plugin show? Is that like part of your superpower or is it part of the deal you’ve made with getShopped for being this month’s top contributor? 🙂

  3. Hi Ryan,

    Thanks alot for your daily plugin reviews, really awesome!

    I like another plugin called Conditional widgets over Widget Logic for the simple fact that you can decide which widget will appear in which page “visually” which I think is gonna be easier for clients than writing the is_() functions. But that’s just me though 🙂

  4. for all those that love Widget logic – you should try Widget Logic Visual:
    http://www.totalbounty.com/freebies/widget-logic-visual/

    In widget logic you can only add conditional tag code (hard for most WP site owners without coding experience). In widget logic visual you can just point and click where you want widgets without knowing any code, or (for advanced users) use conditional tag code. If you deal with client sites, this is the best of both worlds.

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