Earlier this month WordPress developer Brian Richards released version 2.5 of Startbox, a theme framework he originally released back in August of 2010 (see our review). The updated thing brings a number of improvements, but the one that piqued my interest was the sidebar manager that Richards described.
The new custom sidebar allows for the addition and removal of custom sidebars, selecting which post types and taxonomies should display the sidebars, and including them anywhere via shortcode.
Richards baked the custom sidebar functionality straight into Startbox, though he does seem to show an interest in introducing this sort of thing into a plugin in the future.
Version 2.5 also brings with it a short laundry list of additions and improvements aside from the custom sidebars. It offers:
- User-definable custom layouts,
- more control over post thumbnails,
- and improved sanitization for theme options.
What do you think of the described sidebar functionality, as well as the rest of what Startbox 2.5 has to offer? What method do you use for wrangling custom sidebars?