Some default widgets has automatic titles.

Is it possible to check if widget has automatic/inserted title using dynamic_sidebar_params filter?

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    I can tell you how to address the sample case but I am not sure there is a generic solution.
    – s_ha_dum
    Jun 10, 2015 at 22:41
  • Is there anything I can do with add_filter('widget_title', '')?
    – Ahmed Saad
    Jun 10, 2015 at 22:57
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    Yes, that is filter I was looking at but I can't write that code right now.
    – s_ha_dum
    Jun 10, 2015 at 23:03
  • Hope you write it soon. I appreciate your help.
    – Ahmed Saad
    Jun 10, 2015 at 23:12

1 Answer 1


Any widgets written to operate as the Core "Recent Posts" widget does can be forced to skip the title by a filter on widget_title:

function widget_title_hack_191120($title, $instance) {
  if (empty($instance['title'])) {
    $title = '';
  return $title;
add_filter('widget_title','widget_title_hack_191120', 10, 2);

I don't know if there is a generic solution to the problem. Any widget could avoid this simply by not using the widget_title filter.

  • Thank you! This saved the day! Actually I tried this last night but I was getting Warning: Missing argument 2 for... error. Looks like I had to add priority to the filter.
    – Ahmed Saad
    Jun 11, 2015 at 6:24
  • Actually, I'm still getting this error for some widgets added by plugins.
    – Ahmed Saad
    Jun 11, 2015 at 7:38
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    I was very clear that this will work with widgets like the core ones but that I don't think there is a generic solution. I can write widgets in at least two ways that will get around this.
    – s_ha_dum
    Jun 11, 2015 at 13:15
  • Please do it. I need get this widgets thing done.
    – Ahmed Saad
    Jun 11, 2015 at 13:47
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    1) What is not clear about "there is no generic solution"? I can't write code to make this work with every widget out there. I said that from the beginning. I know at least two ways to write a widget that will make it difficult or impossible to hack the title the way you want. 2) You want me to fix errors caused by "some widgets added by plugins"? I don't even know what plugins are causing the issue and you want me to fix it? Does that even make sense to you? 3) I am here as a volunteer and that sounded like an order.
    – s_ha_dum
    Jun 11, 2015 at 13:55

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