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WordPress Plugin – How to Add Custom Sidebars to Posts or Pages

I was recently looking how to add custom sidebars to my posts and pages and found a WordPress plugin that suited my needs.  This is a free WordPress plugin that is available in the Wordpress Extends Directory and is called “Graceful Sidebar Plugin’.  This is great because I can easily customize my sidebars and add html code or text directly into the sidebar.

I had no problems installing the Wordpress plugin.  I’ve used it quite a bit already and really happy with it.  If you want to try it out, below are steps to install the free “Graceful Sidebar Plugin’

Overview:

  • Search & Install “Graceful Sidebar” in Plugins
  • Activate Plugin
  • Add sidebar text/code in Posts/Pages
  • Add Widget in Sidebar

Steps:

1.  Search & Install “Graceful Sidebar” in Plugins

Wordpress Plugin - Search for Graceful Sidebar Plugin
WordPress plugin - Search for Graceful Sidebar Plugin
  • Login to your WordPress administrator panel
  • Click  on ‘Plugins’, ‘Add New’
  • Search for:
    • Term = Graceful Sidebar
    • Click  on ‘Search Plugins’
  • Under the title – Graceful Sidebar Plugin, click on ‘Install Now’

2.  Activate Plugin

Wordpress Plugin - Activate Graceful Sidebar Plugin
Wordpress Plugin - Activate Graceful Sidebar Plugin
  • Next window ‘Installing Plugin: Graceful Sidebar Plugin’
  • You will see downloading, then successfully installed plugin, click  on ‘Activate Plugin’

3.  Add sidebar text/code in Posts/Pages

Click on Posts, All Posts
Click on Posts, All Posts

To create custom sidebars in your posts, you actually create the sidebar inside your posts and pages.

  • Click on the ‘Posts’, ‘All Posts’ in your Left Navigation
  • (of if you want to put your sidebars in pages, click on ‘Pages, All Pages”
  • Edit a post or page
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page and see the heading “Graceful Sidebar Options”
  • Fill in the information for Graceful Sidebar Title – This is the title that will display on your website
  • Fill in the information for your Graceful Sidebar Content – Here you can enter in text or HTML code to customize and create your own sidebar content.
  • Click on Update
Wordpress Plugin - Add Content to Graceful Sidebar Plugin
Wordpress Plugin - Add Content to Graceful Sidebar Plugin

4.  Add Widget in Sidebar

Wordpress Plugin - Drag Available Widget to Sidebar
Wordpress Plugin - Drag Available Widget to Sidebar

Next you will need to add Graceful sidebar plugin widget to your Sidebar.  You only need to do this once.

  • Click on ‘Appearance’, ‘Widgets’
  • Under ‘Available Widgets’
    • Click on ‘Graceful Sidebar Widget’ and drag it over to under your ‘Sidebar’

Now refresh your WordPress website and you should see your customized sidebar you created in your posts or pages.

Thanks,

Elaine

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