[Support request] customize sidebar based on post

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    I plan to talk a lot about different books in my blog, and I am wondering if I can customize my sidebar based on the post. So if I was talking about a certain book, that book would be on the sidebar.

    In other words, can I create a customized sidebar for each post? At this point, I want the popular post widget I have to be there every post, and I want the tag cloud there, but I also want to add an image of a book to the sidebar for certain posts.


    Customer Support

    Hi there,

    you could use WordPress Custom Fields to add the Image URL and display it in the sidebar using a Shortcode. So something like this:

    1. Add this PHP snippet to create the shortcode function:

    function db_show_book_cover() {
        global $post;
        $book = get_post_meta($post->ID, "book", true);
        if ( $book ) {
            printf( '<img class="book-cover" src="%s">',
            return ob_get_clean();
    add_shortcode('book_cover', 'db_show_book_cover');

    Adding PHP: https://docs.generatepress.com/article/adding-php/

    2. Add the shortcode [book_cover] to a HTML widget in your sidebar.

    3. In the post editor create new custom field with a Name of book and then add the full URL to the image in the Value field.

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