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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Custom Widget function in Plugin not working?

I took a code straight out of one of my themes I created, and it's a list of all 50 states in an unordered list packed into a widget you can just drag and drop on the sidebar. The problem is, when I ...
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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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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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How to include checkbox in widget backend form?

I'm trying to include a checkbox in my widget back end. But I cannot get the value (on or off) after the user submits it. I thought the value would be stored in "esc_attr( $check )" (as it is when ...
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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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Can I create my own “Recent Posts” widget or customize the existing one?

I'd like to enable the Recent posts widget with the ability to show a "View All" link when there are more posts than I've currently got the widget set to show. I'd also like to be able to exclude ...
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changing wp-admin/widgets.php

We want to design the widgets page in the admin panel a little differently, mainly in order to help the site administrator understand where each widget will appear in the site: For that, we need ...
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Limit the number of inactive widgets

I'm trying to restrict the number of widgets from the "wp_inactive_widgets" sidebar to maximum 10, because the widgets admin page is incredibly slow: add_filter('pre_update_option_sidebars_widgets', '...
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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 load Widget javascript + css files only if used?

I'd like to keep the javascript and css styles used by my widget inside their own files (and not add them to the theme). But i can't seem to get wordpress to add them when the widget is actually used ...
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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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How can I use the built in Wordpress “browse link” functionality?

I'm coding a widget and I'd like the user to be able to pick a link like you can when editing a regular posts or page (when you click on the little link icon and you get the AJAX search functionality ...
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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 ...
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Using widget options 'outside' the widget

I want to save some parameters in the widget options which are then passed into another page. The widget is a form which calls a webservice. The options I want to pass are the authentication for the ...
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Translate widget titles using qTranslate plugin

I'm actually using the qTranslate plugin to translate my website. It works really well with everything except one thing. the titles of my sidebar widgets. Actually, to translate some words we need to ...
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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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What is the difference between wp_register_sidebar_widget and register_widget?

What's the difference between them and when should we use each one ? I'm using wp_register_sidebar_widget right now and it's working fine but I've seen a lot of tutorials online on how to create a ...
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Plugin upgrading: Widget settings

I have tried doing some research on this but haven't found anything solid yet. I have a plugin I am working on and between the last version and the new version we made some updates to the widget that ...
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How can I modify the WordPress default widget output?

I don't want to style the default widget with only CSS. I want to display the default 'Categories' widget content with my own HTML structure. Is there available any filter or hook to do that?
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What is the correct way to build a widget using OOP

I am working on a simple search form widget, with a built in autocomplete capability (You can download the current version here). The plugin is working, but I am currently rewriting all the code using ...
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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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Give Editor Access To Sidebar

I want to give the Editor Role access to editing the sidebar and it's contents. I have a text widget in there and in order to edit this text widget the user needs to be an admin - this sucks. How do I ...
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Individual Widgets per Page

In my (page-only, no posts) Wordpress site I have a number of static blobs in need to put in a sidebar. We could call/tream thoses 'blobs' as widgets. At least they'll have a fixed html content, like '...
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Add a custom walker to a menu created in a widget

I know how to add a Walker to a custom menu created by the theme (menu named primary in this example), but how can I target a menu thats created in a widget with the default wordpress custom menu ...
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Using wp_category_checklist in a widget

I'm trying to use wp_category_checklist in a widget to display a list of checkboxes which, when saved, remain ticked. I'm having awful trouble at the moment getting them to save, as as far as I know ...
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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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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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How to edit widgets in WordPress

In the Appearance -> Widgets menu there is a list of widgets that you can drag and drop to show in the sidebar. Where is the HTML/PHP code for these custom widgets? I've been on WordPress's Function ...
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Simple rich text editor in Text widget?

I've seen a few plugins that add rich text editing to the default "Text" Widget. However, all of the ones I've tested are either too complicated (or try to do too much) or don't work properly with the ...
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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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Extend WordPress 3.8 Site Activity Dashboard Widget to include more comments

The new Site Activity dashboard widget defaults to showing 5 comments. I'd like to show 10. I can see the code in core /wp-admin/includes/dashboard.php where it calls the function ...
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How Do I Add Custom CSS To Only Certain Widgets

I have a standard dynamic sidebar using register_sidebar and dynamic_sidebar and I need the last widget in the sidebar (which will not have a set number of widgets) to have a distinct class ('...
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Show post tags in a widget

I'm looking to show the tags of a post within a widget. I know this is hard because it's outside of the loop, but has it been done, is there one available?
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dynamically add scripts to WP_Widget widget() method

I have a wordpress widget that has the standard outline like: class my_widget extends WP_Widget{ function my_widget(){ //do setup stuff } function form(){ //do form stuff } function update(){...
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Author template, filter sidebar widgets by author?

I'd like to be able to filter my sidebar widgets (tag cloud, category, archive) to only show those tags/categories/months that apply to a given author on the author template. What is the correct way ...
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Retrieve each widget separately from a sidebar

I would like to retrieve each widget existing in a sidebar in order e.g. to mix them with posts inside the main loop. I know I can use different widget areas (sidebars) but this approach clutters the ...
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Add the sidebar/widget editor to the post edit screen?

There are (among others) two common ways of customizing the sidebar on an individual post: Create a new sidebar for the post, using code or plugins like Custom sidebars, WP Custom Sidebar, Per Page ...
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Widget development - Drop down options won't save

So, i successfully managed to add a drop down option, the problem is when i click save all of the options are removed, however the chosen option is implemented successfully. Here is the relevant code:...
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How display widget by id

I fetched widget id this way: $the_sidebars = wp_get_sidebars_widgets(); print_r( $the_sidebars['sidebar-1'] ); It shows: Array ( [0] => recent-posts-2 [1] => recent-comments-2 [2] =...
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How to enqueue script if widget is displayed on page?

I created a widget that uses a jquery plugin, and I used is_active_widget to enqueue the script, it's working fine but it's also including the script even on pages that doesn't show this widget. so is ...
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Is there any way to dynamically alter widget titles?

I have a case where that are a lot of widgets in several custom sidebars. I am wondering if there is a simple way to alter the titles of each widget dynamically. Typically a widget has a title field ...
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Does the number of widgets installed affect website performance?

Does a website slow down or under perform in any way with a large number of widgets installed?
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What is the quickest way to make a widget?

I have some PHP code that I would like to pull out of an existing page of a template, and put into a widget so I can move it around. What is the quickest way to create a widget?