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The WooStore Sidebar Manager Makes it Easy to Create Custom Sidebars

The importance of having full control over your WooCommerce sites’ sidebars is huge.  Think about it for a second…  Do you really want to display the same sidebar on your Cart page that you have on your Home page?  If your eCommerce site is like most then the answer is clearly NO.  Ideally, your Home page sidebar should be much different than your Cart page sidebar or your Blog page sidebar. Luckily, the WooStore Sidebar Manager makes it easy to create an unlimited number of custom sidebars for every section of your eCommerce site.  In this Upload WP tutorial, we’ll explain why you should consider taking advantage of custom sidebar widget sections as well as how to create them using the WooStore Sidebar Manager so let’s get started…WooStore Sidebar Manager Screen Capture Example

Why you Should Take Advantage of WooStore Custom Sidebars

Sidebars are controlled via WooCommerce Widgets and optimizing them for each section or page of your eCommerce site is very important.  For example, if you have the ability to display information on the sidebar of the “Checkout” page that makes the buying process easier and increases your conversion rates then you should take advantage of that.  Another example would be your Product Category Pages.  Each product category page should display a sidebar that corresponds with the products in that category with the purpose of increasing your average order size.  Yet another example would be your Blog page sidebar.  The Blog page sidebar should be all about social networking and creating a community.

For those reasons (and many more) you’ll likely want to display custom sidebars that complement specific sections or pages of your eCommerce site.  You want your custom sidebars to have specific purposes.  The WooStore Sidebar Manager allows you to easily make that happen so be sure to take advantage of it.

Specific Ideas for using the WooStore Sidebar Manager to Create Custom Sidebars

Below are some ideas for how you can use custom sidebar widget sections to really optimize your eCommerce site…

Blog page (e.g. worldcuptees.com/blog/) – create a social media heavy sidebar.

Product Category pages (e.g. worldcuptees.com/product-category/team-brazil/) – you could display similar products, up-sells, or an opt-in box that users could subscribe to for updates on new products in that specific category.

Product detail page for specific products (e.g. worldcuptees.com/shop/brazil-soccer-foosball/) – custom sidebars could be created for specific items where you could provide demo videos or video testimonials that help motivate shoppers to buy and ultimately increase conversion rates.  For example, if my site sold remote control helicopters, I’d want to display a demo video of someone having fun with that specific remote control helicopter and showing people how to use it.

Those are just a few examples of how to potentially use the WooStore sidebar manager to take advantage of custom sidebars.  As you can see, the possibilities for truly optimizing every section of your WooCommerce site are only limited by your imagination.  Please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas on how to take advantage of custom sidebar widget sections by leaving a comment below…

How to Create WooStore Custom Sidebar Widget Sections

Log into your WordPress admin and go to WooStore > Sidebar Manager > click on the page that you want to create a custom sidebar for (in the video tutorial we used the “Blog” page) > click Add Sidebar > the custom sidebar should now be created for the page that you specified > go to Appearance > Widgets to verify that the new custom sidebar widget section is there > repeat this process to create custom sidebars for any section of your WooCommerce site

Important Notes on the WooStore Sidebar Manager:
  • You can create as many custom sidebars as you’d like for Pages, Product Categories, specific products and more.
  • Custom sidebars are created on the Sidebar Manager page but are controlled via the Widgets section of the WordPress admin.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. Hi,

    I’m trying to figure out how to use the widget-Woo Commerce Layered Nav: Genres. I’m trying to have my items filtered by genres by using this widget. Now, I know you have to differentiate the items by having individual “terms” under products–> attributes, but even when I edit the term names under slug: genre to that specific item, it doesn’t reflect on wordpress. Can you let me know how you do this??

  2. I have been playing around with custom sidebars and am a little confused. I am using Wootique theme, not sure if that matters because the screen looks the same as yours above. Anyway, I can add new sidebars without issue, and edit the widgets for those sidebars. But I cannot edit or delete sidebars completely. So if I have two different sidebar options and later decide I want one of the pages I’d updated to a new sidebar to switch to another one, or switch back to the original, I can’t. I can’t even delete it and start over. Basically there’s nothing clickable, no links or buttons, in the main portion of the Sidebar Manager page. Is that normal or an error?? Thanks!

    • Whoops, sorry I see it now. There’s supposed to be that “pull-down” marking in the bottom corner of the new custom sidebar names, but it’s not visible for some reason. It’s still clickable, though.

    • Hi Nancy,

      Please let me know what the URL to your site is. Also, if you want to create a user account for me (send me the login credentials via the Contact form) I can take a closer look.

      Thanks,

      Adam

  3. Hii Adam,

    How are you?
    Thank you always for kindly reply for everyone. I was following this tutorial and finally could change sidebar blog page. However I couldn't change shop page. I tried and I compared with blog and shop pages, only I found out the shop page is "custom" page? Because of this?
    I made new sidebar in widget, widget areas and menu for your reference.
    Do you have any idea why I can't apply new sidebar on shop page?

    Thank you,

    • Hi Yun,

      I'm doing well, thanks for asking. So it sounds like you're having trouble creating a custom sidebar for your /shop page. Is that correct? Let me know if I'm correctly following your question and I'll look further into it. Thanks

      • Hi Adam,

        Yes, I have a problem to make new side bar for shop page.
        Strange thing is that I could create new side bar for blog page. However I couldn't for shop page. Can you please have a look?

        Thank you,

        • Hi Yun,

          Hmmm – I now see what you're referring to. You were able to create a unique sidebar for the Blog page but the Shop page still shows the same sidebar as the homepage. I'm not sure what's causing that. I'll go ahead and test it out tonight on my Woostore theme demo site and see if I can find a solution.

  4. Hi

    I'm playing around with woocommerce with mystile theme.

    I am looking for advice on the following requirement:

    1. This will be an affiliate links based product website, so no need of shopping cart and purchasing options. Need to remove all cart / checkout related items from the UI. However, pricing will be displayed as provided by the feed
    2. Product categories to be listed in the left side-bar (currently even though I have categories in the woocommerce db it's not displayed in the side-bar)
    3. I will be importing product data from a feed. I should be able to set default product as External link. Is this possible ?
    4. A price range slider is also something I would want to have.

    What is the best way to achieve this ? Thanks in advance for your help and advice.

    Cheers
    Rajeev

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