When creating a website you will probably find yourself in need of different features to support your overall strategy. It may be a calendar, a search bar, a signup form or pretty much any functionality that you can think of. Widgets can add this kind of functionality to your website with just a few clicks.
This functionality is indeed a powerful feature and it makes WordPress widgets a key element in setting up a user-friendly WordPress powered website. You can look at widgets as little WordPress extensions designed to easily add new useful features to your WordPress based website.
There are literally thousands of WordPress plugins available that expose their functionality through widgets and the basic WordPress installation does also comes with a few useful widgets. It is easy to add widgets with the drag and drop placement in the WordPress Sidebar area. Some WordPress themes does even support widgets in the footer and header areas and widgets can also be added in other areas of your website by using shortcode features.
The sidebar/widget system is a great feature, however, more control is often required concerning on what pages, posts, and categories widgets are going to be visible. Fortunately, there is a free WordPress plugin that will help you address this need.
Widgets Controller is a free plugin and it offers an easy way to control where the widgets are displayed on your website. When adding a new widget you can simply select where it is going to be visible.
We tested Widgets Controller and made some simple screenshots to show you the basic functionality of the plugin. If you want to try it, as well, you need to download the plugin from the WordPress plugin repository and install it. It is free and you can download it here.
1) Widgets Controller does not have a separate menu or settings page. You can access the plugin functions by going to you WordPress Dashboard: Appearance > Widgets.
2) You need to drag a widget to the Sidebar area and configure it to your preference.
Widgets controller can be found on the lower part of the widget you dragged
2) Check the Widget Controller option to get a list of all the posts, pages and categories of your website.
3) You need to check the pages that you want the widget to show up on and save the settings.
As you can see, it is very easy to manage your widgets this way.
Here is an example of a page where the widget Recent posts is selected and therefore visible.
Here is another example where the Widget is not visible.
Widgets controller is a simple, but very effective plugin that gives you the power to control where your widgets will be displayed. It is a simple and straightforward addition to enhance widget management.