Widgets are configurable elements used to dynamically build sections of a WordPress theme.

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Where to put my code: plugin or functions.php?

Is there an easy to understand scheme to decide what kind of code belongs to a plugin or the theme’s functions.php? There are many cases and many debates about that topic, mostly because there are ...
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Programmatically add widgets to sidebars

I would like to programmatically add widgets to my two sidebars that I've got. I couldn't find any official way of doing it? I started looking in the database. I've found that it's the '...
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Between functions.php, widgets and plugins, which is loaded first?

Customer asks if a specific carousel plugin he uses can be widgetized. That means i should create a widget inside functions.php which calls the plugin's function. That means that the plugin's code has ...
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Update widget form after drag-and-drop (WP save bug)

I've posted a bug-report about this a few months ago (on WordPress trac (Widget Instance Form Update Bug)) and I thought I'd try writing about it here too. Maybe someone has a better solution to this ...
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Loading scripts only if a particular shortcode or widget is present

I needed a way to filter a page/posts content before it was loaded so I could add scripts to the header if a specific shortcode was present. After much searching I came across this on http://...
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Custom Post Type Data in Sidebar widgets?

(note: this question was originally about Custom Fields, but @MikeSchinkel had a better solution involving Custom Post Types) On my site I have several pages which I want to show the same data in the ...
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How to store widget fields data as an array?

I am creating a widget, it needs to store about 10 IDs. Right now I'm using following field method to store each of the ID in a separate field. It stores data of each field in a separately in the ...
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Widgets not displaying in theme customizer

I am developing a new theme and I am using several sidebars in this theme. All works fine, but the widgets are not showing up in the theme customizer section. All widgets are working fine under "...
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Limit number of Widgets in Sidebars

If I use a custom widgetized area (for example footer) where there is only a limited number of spots for widgets (by design), can I limit the number of widgets the user may include in that specific ...
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Wordpress 3.8 - Dashboard 1 Column Screen Options

With the new Wordpress 3.8 under Screen Options they seem to have misplaced the "Columns" feature where you could put your widgets into 1 Column, 2 Columns, 3 Columns, or 4 Columns. My question is how ...
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Executing Javascript When a Widget is Added in the Backend

I have widgets that have javascript controls attached to them. If the widget is present when the widget admin page loads, the controls work correctly. When I add a new widget, they do not work ...
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How to add a specific widget to only 1 page?

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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Highlight custom widgets in the admin area?

I have created some custom widgets for my client to use, but I want to make them stand out amidst the fifteen or so standard widgets in the admin area. How can I do this? I have solved this problem ...
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Call dynamic_sidebar but include/exclude named widgets?

Is it possible to include or exclude specific named widgets that are assigned to a named dynamic_sidebar call? For example, if I've registered a sidebar named "my_sidebar" and the user had placed a "...
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Is There A Hook To Process The Content Of The Text Widget?

Is there any filter which can be used in a plugin to process the content of the text widget before it is rendered?
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Add New Footer Widget Area with Limited Options?

I'm trying to add a new footer widget area to my theme. I was able to add the new footer widget area and it works correctly. But I would like to limit what can be done with the widget area by the end ...
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Transform php code into a widget?

how can I create a widget out of a php code? It's just a disqus code that I would like to place in the sidebar. I could just paste the code in the widget section (my tag), but then I would not be ...
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Hooking Into Widget Output Loop

When wordpress sidebar outputs any particular registered sidebar it loop through all widgets that assigned through it and outputs it (i guess). Is is possible to hook into the loop and add some ...
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How to Make a Custom Dashboard Widget to Display Custom Notification from Admin?

I am looking for a way to achieve the following: A group of users 'students' They login to the site Each student can see a 'Custom Dashboard Widget(s)' Each widget will carry a personal message ...
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Conditionally enqueue a widget's script/stylesheet in HEAD (only when present on page!)

I've been trying to load scripts and styles for a WordPress widget with the following conditions... The scripts MUST load in the HEAD (else they break). The scripts must ONLY load when the widget ...
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Adding a div to wrap widget content after the widget title

I'm trying to add a div to a widget's content in my dynamic sidebar. Here is the register code; register_sidebar(array( 'name' => "Sidebar1", 'id' => 'home-sidebar-1', '...
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Get number of widgets in sidebar

How can I get the number of widgets that are active on a specific sidebar? Is there a core function for this? I want to add a class to each widget on a sidebar based on how many of them are displayed....
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Getting post-thumbnails from another WP site

I have two WordPress installations, one at http://inversekarma.in and the other at http://inversekarma.in/photos. The latter is a photoblog, and its theme uses the standard WP post thumbnails (EDIT: ...
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Add a banner to the Dashboard

Is there a way to add a banner to the WP dashboard? I don't mean in a custom widget or anything, just a simple image banner.
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Adding iframe Content to Sidebar Widget

I'm trying to add an Amazon advertising widget in a WordPress sidebar widget (self-hosted WordPress, v3.1.3). The widget code is basically an iframe. I've tried using the "Text" widget and pasting ...
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Add class to before_widget for all widgets with a dropdown and a counter

Some predefined widgets offer the option to use a select element (dropdown) and/or a counter after each entry. How can I add the CSS classes widget-with-dropdown or widget-with-counters to these ...
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How to determine the current widget's parent container (sidebar widget id)

I have several custom widgets that are installed as part of my theme. I'd like to execute conditional code inside each widget's admin panel (not the public side, I'm just interested in the admin panel ...
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Programmatically Add Font-Awesome Icons to Category Widget

I use the Categories widget on my sidebar(s) and I would like to display a Font Awesome icon next to each category listed in the widget. The icon would be the same for all categories, for now, but I ...
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Pages with 2 Columns

I've had a look at many of the available plugins but they all seem to be too difficult to use or do not provide enough flexibility. Plugins I've already tried: WP Post Columns Magazine Columns WP ...
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Script to remove all inactive widgets?

I've been working with widgets a lot lately and have amassed a ton of widgets in the inactive widgets collection. Can someone share a script or plugin that will remove all inactive widgets from the ...
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How to allow PHP In WordPress text widget

I want to add a text widget to my new WordPress website, but in the text widget there are some PHP snippets and I am finding it difficult to do it. Please help me Guys.
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How to add author details in the post sidebar?

I would like to add author details in the sidebar instead of bottom of the post? Can anyone tell me how to do that? As of now i'm using like this in the loop <?php $curauthor = ...
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Limit widget to a specific registered sidebar

I have a widget I want only allowed to be used with the single.php sidebar. When I referenced the codex for register sidebar there isn't a way to limit widgets in the array. I've researched with "...
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Should I use set_transient or update_option?

I want to store some Twitter API data in WordPress. After every hour, I want to fetch new data from Twitter, and update only if the data is successfully retrieved from API (sometimes the API gives ...
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Different rss feeds in a single dashboard widget

I am using this snip of code to get rss feed on my dashboard as widget. It becomes problematic when it displays 5-6 different rss feeds which makes me run down deep. How can I add 6 different feeds ...
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How to place random widgets in the Wordpress sidebar?

My pages have a sidebar with too many widgets, and it looks bad when the content is short and the sidebar is too long. I want to randomize the widgets I'm showing in the sidebar. Meaning I will add ...
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How do I create a widget that only allows a single instance?

How do I create a widget that only allows a single instance of a widget to be added through the Wordpress interface? The default behaviour of widgets allows multiple instances to be added. I am ...
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is_active_sidebar() Always Returns False

I've never gotten is_active_sidebar() to work, no matter if there's widgets in the sidebar or not I always get false returned. Currently I'm creating a sidebar for each top level page: http://...
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Call sidebar from a template

I need to call a sidebar into my header. I've switched to the new twenty twelve theme and created my own child theme. With this new theme I decided to keep things organised and together, so I put my ...
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WordPress widget / plugin…fields not appearing in my widget

Trying to create my first plugin. A simple one. It's doing mainly what I want to do except the widget itself in Appearance-->Widgets doesn't display my fields. Wondering if anyone could point me in ...
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Big side banners

I would like to have a big header side advertisements like this: What is the best way to achieve that?
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Install widget on plugin activation

Anyone know any resources to help me install my widget when my plugin is activated?
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Current theme broken - after server and domain migration

I'm migrating a Wordpress install and trying to get down the correct process for doing so. I've tried using the method I thought would work, but it didn't. My files and database are in place, but ...
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register child class in another plugin

I think this should be relatively easy, but somehow I cannot figure out how to do this. essentially there's a preexisting plugin that does this: add_action('widgets_init', create_function('', '...
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Limit widget to certain sidebar?

I have multiple "sidebars", but not all of them are the same size. Not all widgets fit in all sidebars (for example, I have a "footer sidebar" where the client can place custom widgets, but they are ...
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How Can I Add the “Insert From URL” Tab to a Custom 3.5 Media Uploader?

I've inserted a WP 3.5 media uploader into a widget by running this JavaScript when a button is clicked on: var frame = wp.media( { title : 'Widget Uploader', multiple : false, ...
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Adding Widget form fields dynamically

I am trying to add form field to a WordPress widget dynamically. So if the user want to add another date to an event they can click a button to get more fields. The question is: How do save newly ...
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Code for Recent Posts Widget

I want to make changes to code of the Recent Posts widget – could anyone please tell me where that code is located? Thank you in advance!
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Including Custom Post Types in “Recent Posts” Widget

I'm able to easily include my custom post types into my main loop by making small adjustments with query_posts(), but I'm not sure how I would go about including custom post types in the "Recent Posts"...
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Add class to before_widget from within a custom widget

I have a simple custom widget that asks for its width (that is used later in the front end). The width field is a select dropdown, so a user have predefined options. I will have many instances of my ...