Hybrid Hook Widgets: WordPress Plugin

When I originally released the Hybrid Hook plugin in December, I wanted to give users the ability to easily add content to their site using Hybrid’s extensive action hook system. This plugin has served many of you well, but it’s still a bit limiting.

So, I took a little time to sit and think how to best serve Average Joe. What would require the least amount of coding? How could I allow the user to add content nearly anywhere without having to learn any XHTML or PHP.

The answer I came up with was the Hybrid Hook Widgets plugin. It takes the ideas behind the Hybrid Hook plugin and extends it with new widget areas.

What exactly does this plugin do?

The Hybrid theme is filled with these things called action hooks. These allow users to easily add extra stuff nearly anywhere within the theme without actually having to dive into the theme files themselves. But, it requires a little PHP knowledge to use these hooks.

Hybrid Hook Widgets bypasses the process of writing PHP code and allows you to add widgets nearly anywhere you want.

The plugin creates 11 new widgets areas (maybe more in the future). These widget areas are automatically added to the theme action hooks behind the scenes, so no coding is required by the user.

In short, it gives you more widget areas to use along with the Hybrid theme.

Get the plugin

This plugin will only work with WordPress 2.8+. It will break earlier versions.

If I didn’t make it clear enough in the post, you need to have the Hybrid theme installed to use this plugin.

As always, keep the wonderful comments in the comments section and the support questions in the support forums.

11 Comments

  1. joerayment

    Fantastic! I’ve been looking for a simple way to do this forever.

    -joe rayment.

  2. Njualem

    Great, Justin one of the reasons I love Hybrid Theme is the ability to create as many widget areas as possible but getting into the `function.php` file and now with a Plugin that spears you that, I think its awesome. I am going to try it out when I install WordPress 2.8

    Thanks


    1. Yeah, a lot of people don’t like diving too much into the functions.php file. I hope this will make things much easier for those users in the future.


  3. Now I’ll I’ve got to do is wait just a few more hours before 2.8 is released upon the community.


  4. I saw this kind of plugin for a very expensive theme. I think Hybrid just gained another user when I make my next site. 🙂

    Here’s a question, though. How come there’s no plugin that goes the other way, allowing me to easily add elements from my wordpress site to a page outside of WP?

    Like, if I have a static html page in another directory, I could just add a simple php slug to add my wordpress header to that page?

    I know there’s some really complicated way to do it with code, but there’s got to be a simple solution a plugin could provide.

    I’ve got a static page outside of WP that’s got a very high pagerank – I don’t even know why, and I don’t want to mess with things a lot, but if I could copy/paste a couple easy lines of code to drop in my header, footer, and maybe my last blog post I’d be in heaven. I’ve searched the WP codex and support forums and there’s really nothing.


  5. Hi, I’ve been experimenting with using the Hybrid-News template with Hybrid as a base. I am trying to hook the tab widget but to show only on the home page. How could I create a home page specific hook? I would like to place it right where you have the image slider widget on the example. BTW-where is that widget?

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