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WordPress 101: Tips, Tricks, & Hacks

WordPress is a darling Content Management System of the world. If there’s one section of the online community that loves WordPress the most, then it has to be the community of online bloggers. The advent of WordPress was a revolution for the online blogging community. This community is also very supportive to new members with having  a WordPress hack available  for every potential problem. WordPress with its simple to use and easy to understand user-Interface helped democratize the internet and its abilities. 

Now even a person with the most basic knowledge of how a website works can create websites that are on par with the best in the world. Today you just need to have a vision and with the power of WordPress, you can make that vision come true.

As this symbiotic relationship between Bloggers and WordPress continues to thrive, some problems are bound to occur. For example, WordPress is indeed an amazing platform for people who don’t have a technical background. But to utilize the full potential of the platform you need to have a little understanding of how it works.    

WordPress Hack: How To Customize Sidebar For Individual Posts?

The lack of this understanding has led to many problems within the WordPress community. The prime example of which is the inability of being able to customize your post sidebars. A sidebar is usually displayed through the website on all your posts, pages, categories, and archived pages. Now you could have your sidebar be the same throughout your website. But that makes your website look static and stagnant. To bring zest into your website you need to make it more dynamic. 

Therefore we have a hack that will help you add sidebars to your website that suits your individual content needs. The following steps outline that you should do to enable this WordPress hack:

Step 1 – To display a customized sidebar you need to find the first code snippet and replace it with the second code snippet in your single.php, index.php, and page.php file:   

Code Snippet 1 - <?php get_sidebar(); ?>

Code Snippet 2 - <?php $sidebar = get_post_meta($post->ID, "sidebar", true);

get_sidebar($sidebar);

?>

Step 2 – Save the changes.

Step 3 – When you want to add a new post, create a new field and name it as Sidebar. Then in its value section, mention the name of the sidebar you want to show on the page. This will help you distinguish between similarly named sidebars on your website.

 

Previous Hack – How To Add Breadcrumbs To Your Theme

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