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Context Manager


Context Manager makes your site behave differently depending on the current user’s context. Using the simple point-and-click admin pages, there are four different ways your site can react:

  1. Include and exclude CSS and JavaScript files
  2. Changing the behaviour of menu items
  3. Hiding widgets in sidebars
  4. Adding extra classes to the <body> tag.

The plugin supersedes Menu Rules

Example usage

A website has e-commerce shopping functionality driven by a custom post type called β€˜products’. There’s an archive page called β€˜shop’ that lists products and is linked to in the main navigation menu.

A user visits β€˜shop’ and the menu item becomes β€˜active’, but when they click through to an individual product, the menu item loses its state. The user becomes lost.

  1. Install the Context Manager plugin
  2. Add a new context rule
  3. Give it a meaningful name in the title field. This is just for administration purposes
  4. In the conditions field enter is_singular( 'product' )
  5. Choose Emulate current page as a child but do not create a menu item. as the menu rule
  6. Find your products page in the menu dropdown

On the product page, there are irrelevant widgets that distract the user from making a purchase.

  • Hide irrelevant widgets under the widgets reaction

The whole shop section requires its own colour scheme, but there’s no common class that ties all the pages together.

  • Enter shop-section class name in the body class reaction. Or alternatively, register another stylesheet using wp_register_style() in you theme’s functions.php.
  • Create

Remember to click publish when you’re ready to save.

Have a look at screenshots to see the above setup in action.


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  • An example setup for a products section in a online shop
  • CSS and JavaScript reactions


  1. Download and unzip the folder from the WordPress plugins repository
  2. Upload the context-manager folder into to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  3. Activate the plugin through the β€˜Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  4. Open the β€˜Appearance’ menu item and click the β€˜Context Rules’ link


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  • [Bugfix]: disabled assets reaction which triggered errors in 3.6. No feasible workaround found yet
  • [Bugfix]: added conditional checks into widgets reaction


  • [Bugfix]: menu_reaction property not being set in child page and inactive parent menu reactions


  • [Bugfix]: Some environments were triggering a fatal error related to html() due to an action being added to a hook too late


  • [Bugfix]: Asset reaction generating a global site error if not logged in


  • [Bugfix]: Major issue that generated an error when adding or editing a context rule


  • [Bugfix]: Errors in widget reaction when site has orphaned widgets


  • [Added]: Assets reaction
  • [Bugfix]: get_rules() using incorrect meta_query parameter
  • [Bugfix]: PHP 5.4 fatal errors


  • [Bugfix]: Body class and widget reactions caused an error when no rules were set up


  • [Bugfix]: Invalid foreach warning when no rules were added in get_rules()