How To Display Sidebar In Woocommerce Shop Page

As a passionate user of WooCommerce, I frequently feel the need to modify the appearance of my store pages. One specific customization that I commonly incorporate is the addition of a sidebar to my WooCommerce shop page. In this article, I will lead you through the steps of displaying a sidebar on your WooCommerce shop page, in a systematic manner.

Step 1: Choose a Theme with Sidebar Support

The first step in adding a sidebar to your WooCommerce shop page is to ensure that your WordPress theme supports sidebars. Not all themes have built-in sidebar functionality, so it’s important to choose a theme that does. If you’re unsure whether your current theme supports sidebars, you can check the theme documentation or consult with the theme developer.

Step 2: Create a Widget Area for the Sidebar

Once you have confirmed that your theme supports sidebars, the next step is to create a widget area specifically for the sidebar on your shop page. Widget areas in WordPress are essentially placeholders where you can add various widgets to display content. To create a widget area for the sidebar, you will need to access the theme’s functions.php file.

function my_theme_shop_sidebar() {
register_sidebar( array(
'name' => 'Shop Sidebar',
'id' => 'shop-sidebar',
'description' => 'This is the sidebar for the WooCommerce shop page.',
'before_widget' => '

'after_widget' => '

'before_title' => '

'after_title' => '

) );

In the code snippet above, we create a function called ‘my_theme_shop_sidebar’. Inside this function, we use the ‘register_sidebar’ function to define our sidebar. We specify the name, id, description, and the HTML structure for the widgets within the sidebar.

Step 3: Display the Sidebar on the Shop Page

Now that we have created the widget area for the sidebar, we need to display it on the WooCommerce shop page. To do this, we will need to open the template file that is responsible for rendering the shop page.

if ( is_woocommerce() ) {
add_action( 'woocommerce_sidebar', 'my_theme_shop_sidebar' );

In the code snippet above, we check if the current page is a WooCommerce shop page using the ‘is_woocommerce’ conditional function. If it is, we add the ‘my_theme_shop_sidebar’ function to the ‘woocommerce_sidebar’ action hook. This will ensure that the sidebar is displayed on the shop page.

Personal Touch:

Adding a sidebar to my WooCommerce shop page has been a game-changer for me. It allows me to display additional information, such as product filters or a shopping cart widget, making it easier for my customers to navigate and shop on my website. I found the process of adding a sidebar to be relatively straightforward, thanks to the flexibility of WooCommerce and my theme’s support for sidebars.


Customizing your WooCommerce shop page by adding a sidebar can greatly enhance the user experience and provide additional functionality. By choosing a theme with sidebar support, creating a widget area, and displaying the sidebar on the shop page, you can easily customize the appearance of your WooCommerce shop page to suit your needs. Give it a try and see how it transforms your online store!