I've got a basic text widget and, outside the standard <div class="textwidget"> wrapper there is a <li id="text-5" class="widget widget_text"> (which I have not added when creating the sidebar in functions.php or added when adding a text widget from the dashboard).

i.e. the full code looks like this:

<li id="text-5" class="widget widget_text">
  <div class="textwidget">
    <my content>

I'm at a loss where this li comes from. Any idea why and how I can get rid of it?

  • can you show you sidebar.php and the function you're using in your functions.php to create the widget areas please?
    – bigmadwolf
    Commented Sep 17, 2015 at 22:35

3 Answers 3


I think WordPress widgets create li tags on default. If you want the bullet points removed you could fix that with a css approach.

.widget li {
  list-style: none;
  • +1 for the li tags on default. That was throwing me. After I removed them I didn't need the CSS.
    – Snowcrash
    Commented Sep 18, 2015 at 13:30

This seems to occur when you leave out 'before_widget' and 'after_widget' in the array when you register your sidebar/widget. I had the same problem and fixed it by leaving them blank.

        'name' => 'Footer Widget',
        'id' => 'footer-widget-1',
        'class' => 'footer-widget',
        'description' => 'Footer widget',
        'before_widget' => '',
        'after_widget' => '',
        'before_title' => '<h3>',
        'after_title' => '</h3>',
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    Just logged in to upvote your post :) After 1 hour of banging my head on the wall, I stumbled here! Thanks this helped. Commented Sep 18, 2020 at 14:41

There is a truble with your wordpress theme in file "functions.php" there is a function for creating sidebar, there you have to add this code

    'before_widget' => '<aside id="%1$s" class="di-widget %2$s">',
    'after_widget'  => '</aside>',
    'before_title'  => '<h3 class="di-widget-title">',
    'after_title'   => '</h3>',

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