Control WordPress Widgets without Jetpack: Widget Options
Sidebar widgets are an important part of WordPress customization, and a valuable one for you to know about. And the built-in features are good, but they make it hard to customize when and where a given widget appears (or doesn’t). That’s where you’ve got a wealth of options: both Jetpack and Widget Logic were the topic of Quick Guides we’ve made recently.
But not everyone loves Jetpack, and Widget Logic is a little too code-y for many, including myself. That’s the reason to discuss the topic of this week’s Quick Guide: the Widget Options plugin. Here’s a video all about it:
And if you prefer to see step-by-step written instructions…
Control WordPress Widget Display with the Widget Options Plugin
- Install and activate the Widget Options plugin.
- Go to the Customizer. (Either clicking “Customize” in your admin bar, or by going to “Appearance > Customize”).
- Click on widgets.
- With the plugin installed, each widget will have a large clickable tabs area where you can define when and how different widgets will show on the site.
- Controlling the visibility of the widget is on the “eyeball” tab. You can turn a widget off and on on various pages using it, and in the Customizer view you can also click around your site side-by-side.