I accidentally deleted the widgets without dragging it to the inactive widgets section.

I have a backup of all the files and the database but i have changed many things on the site other than the widgets.

Can I only restore the widgets?

3 Answers 3


You have to search the wp_options database table for option_name's that contains widget.

searching for widgets in wp_options table

That search results in:

search result of the query

Using the values of your backups, you'll then proceed to restore the option_value of the missing widgets. And also the value of the option of sidebars_widgets.

Goes without saying that backing up before doing this modifications is essential.

  • I Inserted the option_value with a new name.the widget is not showing up in the dashboard.please help
    – asf
    Dec 20, 2012 at 2:22
  • What do you mean, new name?
    – brasofilo
    Dec 20, 2012 at 17:00

Due to my impatience and lack of confidence in Hostgator's willingness to assist me with this issue, I have found a possible solution if you are comfortable looking at source code. I recommend looking up the site you wish to recover the widgets from The WayBackMachine.


Accidently deleted very essential widgets (wifi and battery) so created a new user and then copied its configuration to the older one, and IT WORKED!

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