Developing a robust custom sidebars plugin compels us to make sure it is built to complement popular theme building tools on the market. This is the first post in a series where we intend to discus and exemplify how Power Widgets plays with the leading theme providers, builders and frameworks. Our goal is simple: make Power Widgets compatible with as many themes as possible and make it X10 times better than any other option.

Custom Sidebars on Artisteer

Artisteer is a WYSIWYG theme editor with rising popularity. It allows you to develop a WordPress theme from scratch without coding and add your custom graphics to the various parts of the theme such as header, logo, background, slider and many other areas. And while the themes do include some functionality as to the visibility of certain widgets, you need more than just that in order to make your widgets sine in context. Artisteer is loaded with default widget areas: you usually have a header widget area, one or two sidebars to accompany the main content, top and bottom widget areas and footer widget areas. There area three things to keep in mind while working with Artisteer and Power Widgets:
  • It’s 100% compatible, no conflicts, no mismatches. It works great and helps you get the most of your many available widget areas.
  • If you need to register a new sidebar, you can do so with ease. For example, if you need a third bottom widget area, you can simply add it to the sidebar.php. Power Widgets will add any manually added default sidebar to the table and allow you to customize it as required.
  • Assuming you are working with Artisteer on a regular basis, the new upcoming feature of Power Widgets – Theme Replacements Importer – will come extremely handy and valuable. Suppose you want to change to a newer theme, wouldn’t it be a waste if you had to do the sidebars customization procedure all over again? Come next version, all you have to do is to import your settings and you’re done!

Watch it in Action

custom sidebars on artisteer BioBee corporate website is a recent site developed using Artisteer and customized using Power Widgets. Power Widgets was mostly used to customize sub-headers for pages and sidebars which were populated with custom menus, forms and recent posts according to content. In order to speed up the process further, developer used patterns which included both top widget area and primary sidebar and thus saved half the time and gained better control and consistency over the process. The site is hosted on a WP Engine server and accelerated using Cloudflare