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WooSidebars evolves – integrates with WooCommerce

Written by Matty Cohen on May 23, 2012 Blog, Product News.

When we launched WooDojo just over a month ago, a new product was released as our first “WooDojo-Released” product. This product is our WooSidebars plugin.

For those not yet using WooDojo, WooSidebars is a new plugin that has been developed from the ground up to be able to customise the widget areas in a theme, according to a context, without any code… in any theme that contains dynamic widget areas (which, today, is most themes).

WooSidebars version 1.1.0

This week sees WooSidebars evolve with a version 1.1.0 update. This update brings with it several enhancements, including further integration with our popular WooCommerce plugin, currently powering many WordPress online stores. WooSidebars now contains functionality, if WooCommerce is active, to create customised widget areas for each of the WooCommerce pages, specific products, product categories, product tags and products in specific categories or with specific tags. This provides even more granular control over what content is displayed in the widget areas in different areas of your website.

The new "WooCommerce" tab in WooSidebars, displayed if WooCommerce is active

WooSidebars version 1.1.0 also includes automatic updates, meaning this should be the last manual upgrade required for WooSidebars. Further updates and integrations are on the cards for future updates to WooSidebars, so keep an eye on our blog for more information.

For further details on WooSidebars, what the plugin can do and what it’s all about, see our WooSidebars page here on

WooDojo welcomes a new member to the family… with more on the way

This week, we’ve launched a new feature, downloadable through WooDojo, called “HTML Term Descriptions”. This feature transforms the “Description” field displayed when adding or editing categories, tags and other taxonomies into a WYSIWYG editor, allowing for HTML markup to be added to these fields.

This would be displayed, if your theme supports archive descriptions (FYI: many WooThemes themes do support this) on your category, tag or taxonomy archives.

As with all things Woo, we’ve got a bunch of features currently in our development queue, which we’re eager to share with you all. Keep an eye on our blog for more information.

If you’ve got any ideas for WooDojo features, we’re all ears. Please share your ideas with us on our WooIdeas Board.


26 Responses

  1. Ryan Ray
    May 23, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    Just so everyone is aware, we’re watching the comments coming in here. Taking care of the spam comments and handling that appropriately.

    Feel free to chime in with normal conversation here. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Vishal
    May 23, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    Aah! Another tease before Canvas V5 :). Anyways, thanks for this beautiful feature. Can’t wait to try it out but please V5 first ๐Ÿ™ . I’ve been tracking the v5 news since you posted that it would come in spring 2012, but I am still waiting for that V5 release post to spring up in your blog here.

    • Ryan Ray
      May 23, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

      It’ll be here in due time, appreciate the patience waiting for it thus far! ๐Ÿ™‚

      The devs are working hard on getting everything ready. It’s getting very close.

      • BOZZ
        May 25, 2012 at 8:09 am #

        Glad to hear it’s just around the corner! We’re really excited for Canvas 5.

        • GrowTap
          May 29, 2012 at 5:02 am #

          Count me in that group too. But then when it’s done, I’ll have a lot of work to do ๐Ÿ™

  3. Jarven
    May 23, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    Should Canvas users start using this plugin instead of the built in manager?
    Or will there be an update migration?

    • Matty Cohen
      May 23, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

      Hey Jarven,

      I’d advise moving towards using WooSidebars in place of the Sidebar Manager built into the WooFramework, yes.

      We will be looking into developing a migration tool for existing custom sidebars though. For the moment, there are instructions in the “Help” tab on the “Widget Areas” screen on how to migrate your custom sidebars over from the Sidebar Manager to WooSidebars. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Chris
    May 23, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    So, we should start using the WooDojo plugins vs the built in woo framework functionalities?

    • Matty Cohen
      May 23, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

      Hi Chris,

      I’d advise moving towards doing this, yes.

      If we can assist with any queries, please let us know in our forums. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Rachael Butts
    May 23, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

    WOO-hoo ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Oscar Gensmann
    May 23, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    The archive when downloaded seems to be corrupt.

    Cannot be unziped either manually or by installing through dojo?


    There was an error downloading WooSidebars. Please try again.

    Incompatible Archive. PCLZIP_ERR_BAD_FORMAT (-10) : Unable to find End of Central Dir Record signature

    • Matty Cohen
      May 23, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

      Thanks Oscar. We’ll look further into this.

      The issue is most likely slightly outdated data in your WooDojo dashboard, or an issue with the ZIP file on our end.

      If you encounter the issue within a few hours (time for the WooDojo dashboard to refresh), please post in our forums and let us know (or pop us an e-mail if you don’t have access ot the paid forums). ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks Oscar. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Oscar Gensmann
        May 23, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

        I’ll wait a bit and see. ๐Ÿ™‚

        It happens when downloaded manually from the sidebars pages and extracted through the on os x as well, so i don’t think it’s related to the dashboard.

        • Ryan Ray
          May 24, 2012 at 2:58 am #

          Should be fixed currently! I had the same issue when testing it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. John
    May 23, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

    I’ve just started using WooDojo on a few sites but haven’t had the need to play with the sidebars element yet – i need to find an excuse to put it through it’s paces ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ryan Ray
      May 24, 2012 at 2:59 am #

      Needs to be adopted into WordPress core. That’s what I say anyway, it’s that good! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. pedro67
    May 24, 2012 at 12:05 am #

    tomorrow next theme release? Please… no more WooCommerce for now. I hope for some beautiful arranged stuff.

    • Ryan Ray
      May 24, 2012 at 3:00 am #

      Sorry to say, the drop tomorrow will be a let down for you. ๐Ÿ˜›

  9. Will Cookson
    May 24, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    LOVE the new functionality of the WooSidebars. Really helpful to be able to add in my calendar pages that uses a plugin – so easy to make sure the sidebars are right now. Now, if you just can add the page hierarchy stuff it would be perfect…..

  10. Will Cookson
    May 24, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    Sorry, should have said by page hierarchy I meant that you can select every element under a menu to be connected to one sidebar in a single click.

    • Gordon
      June 16, 2012 at 7:48 am #


  11. Gary
    May 24, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    This is awesome.I love the idea of being able to customize widget areas based on e.g product categories. WooCommerce is very powerful and WooSidebars makes it more so ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. HS
    May 29, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    Cool. Where can i get a free version of this to try out ?

    Download link ?


  13. Peter
    May 30, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    For existing sites using a WooTheme will the Sidebar manager be updated in future framework and theme versions or will we have to replace the sidebar manager with WooSidebars?

    • Magnus
      May 30, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

      You’ll have to migrate as described in the “Help” tab in the plugin, as we will be developing WooSidebars only going forwards.