On the index page of my website. I want to display a widget in the third position. I am calling the widget through "the_widget( 'Widget Name' );" code. Now the problem is, since it doesn't return anything.

It will display the widget in the first position in my loop. Is there any way, I can store the widget content in a variable and display on third position. Or any other work around may be.


  • Widgets are displayed in the order you store them in the admin panel. If you put the widget in the third position in Appearance -> Widgets in the admin panel, it shows up in the third position on the front-end. – engelen Mar 27 '16 at 18:43
  • I am not using side bar or any such thing for widget display. I am calling them directly through the_widget() function at home page's posts loop. – Rookie Mar 27 '16 at 18:46

You can check what iteration you're on inside the main loop with $wp_query->current_post

while( have_posts() ){


    // count starts at zero, so after 1 will be after 2nd post
    if( 1 == $wp_query->current_post ){
        the_widget( 'WP_Widget_Recent_Posts' );



Regarding your comment about capturing widget output, you can try PHP output buffering:

the_widget( 'WP_Widget_Recent_Posts' );
$widget_output = ob_get_clean();
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  • I have tried this. Actually the loop is storing all the values in a variable and then returning it. I am hoping if I could do this $out .= the_widget( 'Name' ); – Rookie Mar 27 '16 at 19:21
  • see edit above. – Milo Mar 27 '16 at 20:04
  • Thanks for this. I am reading more about ob_start() and clean(). – Rookie Mar 27 '16 at 20:14

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