Simple Sidebars is a great plugin to use different sidebars on posts, pages, categories and tags in a Genesis theme.

You can set a certain sidebar to appear on all posts of a specific custom post type (CPT).

function themeprefix_remove_default_sidebar() {
	if ( get_post_type() == 'listing' ) { //set CPT here
		remove_action( 'genesis_sidebar', 'ss_do_sidebar' );
		remove_action( 'genesis_sidebar', 'genesis_do_sidebar' );
		add_action( 'genesis_sidebar', 'themeprefix_add_cpt_sidebar' );
 //Alternative Sidebar 
function themeprefix_add_cpt_sidebar() { 
dynamic_sidebar( 'sidebar-listing' );
add_action( 'genesis_before_sidebar_widget_area', 'themeprefix_remove_default_sidebar' ); //sets the ball rolling

Ok so we have 2 functions and an action, the bottom action triggers it all.

The first function themeprefix_remove_sidebar() selects what we are targetting, in this example it is a custom post type that is called ‘listing‘.

Then the Simple Sidebar  and regular Genesis sidebar defaults are removed in the next 2 actions, the third action adds in the sidebar we want by calling the function below it.

In that function below – themeprefix_add_cpt_sidebar() the name/ID of the required sidebar is passed into the dynamic sidebar which will replace the sidebar for the desired content, category-sidebar in this example.

How you find the name/ID of the Simple Sidebar….


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  1. Hugo on November 23, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Thanks for this useful post! But in my case I have not one, but 4 different custom sidebars to be assigned to 4 different CPTs respectively. How can I do that? Should I duplicate the function as themeprefix_remove_default_sidebar2, themeprefix_remove_default_sidebar3 etc? Or is there an easier way?

    • Neil Gee on November 24, 2015 at 8:30 am

      You could write out a bunch of conditionals if/else statements but it equally 4 different functions will suffice.

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