I would like to show a different sidebar for 2 specific posts(same custom post type). I understand how to do this using separate templates for different pages, but I want to have it all happen in the single-posttype.php page. Or am I thinking about this wrong? My end goal is to show different text widgets in the sidebar on specific posts.
I think Widget Logic is what you're looking for. It adds a field to each widget to allow you to specify which post get which widgets. It uses the standard Conditional Tags making it easy to use. You'd just want to do something like
You could also try the a post type method to show only a specific post type:
A separate approach would be to register multiple sidebars, and then call each one conditionally. e.g.
Then, in your template file:
So, you won't need to create separate template files for your CPT; however, you will have two separate Widget areas appear in
How are you displaying your CPTs?
If you're using
Otherwise, if you're using the normal
You don't need a plugin for this! There's a filter called 'sidebars_widgets' defined in one of the core files, which will allow you to achieve this very easily! I have written a simple tutorial on how to do it. Show/hide widgets on specific pages. Check the example there, look for the line:
and replace it with
That's it! Hope it helps!