I want to display a specific gallery (without a plugin = WordPress built-in gallery) inside a widget. I tried the shortcode [gallery ids="717"] but that doesn't work. Maybe a workaround could be enabling shortcodes inside widgets? if yes, how do I do that?

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Widgets don't usually allow shortcodes in them (they treat them as normal text).

What you have to do, is to tell this widget, it should run do_shortcode on it's text. To do it, you can use this snippet:

add_filter('widget_text', 'do_shortcode');

Just place it in your function.php file. Then you can place shortcodes in Text Widget and they will work normally.


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