Graceful Sidebar Version 1.0.13 Released!

Support for the popular qTranslate plugin has been implemented inside the Graceful Sidebar Plugin. qTranslate enables bloggers to internationalize their content directly in the wordpress administrative console. qTranslate has a support forum that appears to be active with some good suggestions for using the plugin on your site. Cheers to Ozden for the suggestion to support this helpful plugin!

Graceful Sidebar Version 1.0.12 Released!

Some kind folks commented on the wordpress extend plugin page for the Graceful Sidebar Plugin requesting support for shortcodes. Ask and ye shall receive! Version 1.0.12 has been release with support for shortcodes. Shortcodes are tags that can be incorporated in wordpress pages or posts which get translated into different content. For example, I can include a shortcode which tells me what city you live in by leveraging my WP Geocode Plugin. This plugin populates a number of shortcodes that get translated into geography based information about the reader.

Your City: Ashburn
Your State: VA
Your IP: 23.20.179.211

Create a Custom Sidebar for Each Post or Page on Your WordPress Blog

Update: June 27th, 2011
Graceful Sidebar Plugin Version 1.0.11 Released

If you’ve been here before, this will be a review.  However, I think it bares mentioning in a new post.  Have you ever wanted to customize your blog such that the sidebar content displayed a different bit of content for each page on your site?  Well that’s the story behind the Graceful Sidebar Plugin.

The plugin works by extending the post and page editing screens with two additional fields.  Title, and Content.  The title field stores the content that will be displayed in the title of a widget on the post or page you’re editing.

Once you’ve installed the plugin, and have dragged the Graceful Sidebar Widget to the sidebar, you’ll begin to see this content displayed on your blog.

You may edit these fields for each post or page that you want to display different sidebar details or content.

To obtain this plugin, either visit the ; site and download, or you can install the plugin directly from within your administrative console.  Simply click Plugins->Add New->Search for “Graceful Sidebar”.

Graceful Sidebar Version 1.0.7 Released

** UPDATED 01/12/2011 – Graceful Sidebar Plugin is now at version 1.0.10 **

What’s the Graceful Sidebar Plugin?

The Graceful WordPress Plugin provides a convenient way to add a custom sidebar for each or any of the posts or pages on your WordPress blog.

The plugin presents two additional input fields when creating or editing a post or page. These fields are labeled Graceful Title and Graceful Content. Edit these to create the customized widget that will appear in the sidebar when readers are viewing this page or post. Be sure to drag the Graceful Sidebar Widget to the sidebar area for your theme by viewing Appearance->Widgets from your administration panel.

Where can I get it?

You may download the plugin from The WordPress Extends->Plugins page or by searching for ‘Graceful Sidebar’ from your administration panel’s plugins->Add New screen.

What’s New?

Issues were reported with funkiness when updating and saving posts. I surmised that this was related to the fact that I was storing the values for the graceful sidebar title and content in standard custom fields – which mean the edit screens showed two fields where you could edit these values – one in my own custom edit fields and another in the standard custom edit fields.

Please backup your database before upgrading to this version as it does change the names of the storage variables for your graceful sidebar title and content.

Are you using the plugin? Let us know by leaving a comment. Also, please leave a comment with any additional enhancements or modifications you might like to see with this plugin.

WP-ExtJS Chart Example

Here’s an example of the wp-extjs plugin in action. The wp-extjs plugin creates a new custom WordPress post type called ExtJS Snippets. It also creates a shortcode that you can use in your posts or pages to include the working examples from your ExtJS Snippets.

To create this example, I first created a new ExtJS Snippet with the following content:
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Create a custom sidebar for each page or post with this Graceful Sidebar WordPress Plugin

A friend and fellow poker fan recently reached out with a wordpress question… She was looking for a way to customize a client’s sidebar content based on the page or post currently being displayed.  

Well – it seemed logical so I dug in for a few minutes and came up with the Graceful Sidebar Plugin.  The plugin is very simple – but accomplishes the initial goals.  To use the plugin, simply install it, activate it and drag the Graceful Sidebar widget to your theme’s sidebar.  Then, create two custom fields in the post or page whose sidebar you want to customize – “graceful_title” and “graceful_content”… that’s it.

Visit the Graceful Sidebar Plugin page for more information and to download.