The new Weaver II Theme Per Page Text feature allows the user to create unique sidebars on individual web pages. When we first started using this feature, we discovered that there was very little clear support or direction available. It was through piecing together comments on forums that we were able to figure out how this feature worked. This article provides general uses, as well as step-by-step directions on how to use this widget.
Note: You must have the latest version of the Weaver II Theme.
General Uses of Weaver II Per Page Text
The Weaver II Per Page Text works great if you are using WordPress to build a website. This widget allows you to set up custom sidebars (or other widget areas) on specific pages.
We recommend laying out the structure of your site first – creating shell pages and a menu system so you can determine what pages will be part of the site and where you want to have custom widget areas that may only appear on specific pages. For example, the Home Page may have a feed from the photo gallery in the side bar, but when you’re on the Photo Gallery page you might want to have something different in the sidebar, such as links to relate content or some text about the photo gallery in general.
Wrapping your head around what exactly the Per Page Text feature is, can be a bit tricky. Think of it as a new group of widgets that will only appear on the pages that you specify. Like everything, once you get through doing it for the first time, you achieve a greater understanding for how it works and how you can use it to customize your WordPress website.
How to Set Up Weaver II Per Page Text
Step 1: In the Weaver II Theme Admin under Main Options, Widget Areas, all the way at the bottom, you will find an input box labeled “Define Per Page Widget Areas”. In this box you will add labels of widget areas that will go on specific pages of your WordPress website. For example, if you want to set up a custom widget area for the Home Page you might want to call it pp_home (pp stands for Per Page, and always use underscores instead of spaces). You will need to create a unique name for each custom widget area on your site. Separate each label with a comma. You don’t have to define all the custom widget areas at once – you can come back to them and add them as you need them.
Step 2: Go into the Widget editing page of your WordPress admin console and drag the Weaver II Per Page Text widget into the widget area location you want. For example, if you want it appear in the main sidebar, drag it into the Primary Sidebar bucket. This tells Weaver II where to put this new group of custom widgets.
Step 3: In the Widget editing page of your WordPress admin console you will see your new Per Page Text locations at the bottom of all the standard widget locations along the right side of the screen. Open up the Per Page Text location you want to edit, and drag in the widgets you want to appear on that page, just like you would do with the standard widget locations.
Step 4: Now you have to go to the page in which you want the sidebar to appear. Below the page editor under “Selective Display of Widget Areas”, there will be a text input area to specify a widget replacement. Find the box that corresponds to the location you wish to replace with your new Per Page Text. For example, if you want your Per Page Text to replace what is normally in the Primary Widget area, you would type in the same widget name you created in the Weaver II Theme Admin Widget page, in the box next to that label. Based on our example, it would be pp_home. Be sure to enter this name exactly how you have specified it in the theme admin- otherwise it will not display.
Step 5: View your page and review how your new Per Page Widget looks!