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I would like to show a widget in only one page of my site, as i can see it is not possible right?

Should i add that for all my site pages or not?

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It's possible. The easiest way is to use a plugin such as wordpress.org/extend/plugins/display-widgets – Mridul Aggarwal Dec 22 '12 at 10:00
Is this a custom theme or a custom widget? – toscho Dec 22 '12 at 13:56
custom theme, FashionStyle from SMthemes dot com – Badaboooooom Dec 22 '12 at 14:47
Widget Display Options Another Plugin that does this – user31661 Apr 18 '13 at 0:31
Here's a better solution which works with any theme and is easy to customize wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/127111/… – Brad Dalton Jan 2 '14 at 18:34
up vote 7 down vote accepted

It depends on where you want to show the widget.

Let’s start with the widget area (sidebar) registration:

add_action( 'wp_loaded', 'wpse_76959_register_widget_area' );
function wpse_76959_register_widget_area()
        array (
            'name'          => __(
                'Widgets on page Sample Page',
            'description'   => __(
                'Will be used on a page with a slug "sample-page" only.',
            'id'            => 'sample-only',
            'before_widget' => '<div id="sample-only-widget">',
            'after_widget'  => '</div>',
            'before_title'  => '<h2>',
            'after_title'   => '</h2>',

This is quite simple. We register a new widget area with some custom markup.

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Now we have to show it somewhere. We could add a custom action in our page.php template:

do_action( 'show_sample_widget' );

Or we could use an existing action, this would limit the places where the widget is available. For example the action loop_start is called the first time we call the_post() in a loop. If we want to set the widget on top of the page content, we use that hook:

add_action( 'loop_start', 'wpse_76959_render_widget' );

function wpse_76959_render_widget()
    is_page( 'sample-page' ) && dynamic_sidebar( 'sample-only' );
    remove_action( current_filter(), __FUNCTION__ );

For a custom action we’d use instead:

add_action( 'show_sample_widget', 'wpse_76959_render_widget' );
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There are several plugins that allow to show widgets based on specific conditions:

An alternative solution is given by the following plugin, which allows you to define a custom set of widgets on a per-page basis, directly from the edit page screen:

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If you are comfortable editing the templates files for your theme:

Find where


is called, and either before or after it, or prettymuch anywhere on your site use:

$pageTitle =  get_the_title($post->ID); 
$targetPage = 'the title of the page you want to target goes here';

    if($pageTitle == $targetTitle){    
     the_widget( 'the_widget_unique_id_aka_name', $instance, $args);
   //the_widget() calls a specific widget and displays it

If you want to be cleaner about it: Create a function in functions.php that would look like:

function call_my_widget( $post ){
    $pageTitle =  get_the_title($post-ID); 
    $targetPage = 'the title of the page you want to target goes here';

        if($pageTitle == $targetTitle){    
         the_widget( 'the_widget_unique_id_aka_name', $instance, $args);

call the function with:

call_my_widget( $post );

this has to be called in the loop or where the $post global variable is existant.

Then call that function in your template file (page.php perhaps?) to display your target widgets on only your target page.

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what is $instance here..? – KeepMove Dec 5 '14 at 10:51
From the WP Docs: $instance (array|string) (optional) The widget's instance settings. Either an array or query-style string. See each widget below for examples. In my case it was a empty array. – Ronburgundy Dec 25 '14 at 4:29

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