Developing a good-looking, functional WordPress website requires two vital traits. The first is a distinctive aesthetic, usually provided by a solid theme with some basic variation. The second is having unique elements on each page that ensure it is perfectly suited to its function. Having an efficient way to customize widget areas allows you to add essential functionality to a beautiful theme. It was this lack of an efficient way to customize widget areas en masse that led us to develop Power Widgets. Since we couldn’t find a way to maximize the customization potential offered by widgets on a large-scale, we developed one ourselves. It is in pursuit of this goal that we will introduce our newest feature in the coming weeks: Patterns. Simply put, patterns let you create a set of custom sidebars, name it and have it available for use in any page, post, category or page template on your site. Let’s say that you have a set of products in your catalog which you want them to have the same top custom sidebar, same primary custom sidebar and the same bottom custom sidebar with the following population:
  1. Top custom sidebar: set custom graphics
  2. Primary custom sidebar: custom menu and a unique call to action
  3. Bottom custom sidebar: related products/related content items.
Normally, regardless of the plugin you’d use for the task, you’d have to go page by page and assign these three custom sidebars separately and repeatedly. We can hear the clock ticking and see the frustration builds. With Patterns, all you have to do is set it once, save it and it ready to be use with a single, consistent action time and again across your site. The best part yet: suppose you are not ready with the graphics for your top custom sidebar – no worries. Once you’re ready, update the pattern and all the pages related will include the change – all you have to do is now populate this one custom sidebar with the appropriate widget and you’re done! All the time spent tinkering with different layouts of widgets can now be put to even better use. By opening the Patterns tab in Power Widgets, you can create patterns and enter the widget layout you’ve produced. Once you’ve saved your pattern, it will be available to assign to any page, post, or page template. Simply select the pattern from the drop down menu in the Pattern column, which has been made the first column in every layout. Make sure to download the new release to try patterns out for yourself, and share your success stories with us! Stay tuned for future releases down the line, where we will introduce even more features that will help you make the most of your widgets.

Set Patterns to Customize Widget Areas – Screenshot