WordPress is in support for many widgets so that you can add complex features into your footer areas and sidebars. On one hand, WordPress comes with a plenty of default widgets like a search bar and categories. On the other hand, the plugins you have installed often bring their own widgets which work well on your WordPress site.
Why Get Full Control over Widgets
Widgets are powerful extensions which display some useful information or specific functionality. By having a full control over widgets, you will be able to customize the design, structure, and more for your WordPress site without making many efforts. Besides, widgets do not require you to have rich experience in coding.
Though WordPress allows you make some changes to widgets like changing the display order, it is not enough if you have the desire to add more features into your site. In this situation, a plugin named Widget Options can really help you a lot because it provides you with more customized options.
Get Full Control over Widgets with Widget Options
Widget Options enables you to add more features beneath widgets to have a full control over their visibility and appearance. Completely integrated with WordPress themes, this widget management plugin has owned more than 10,000 followers because of the rich features. It does not matter if you have little knowledge about HTML and CSS because this plugin can fully maximize the functionalities without code so as to meet your needs.
The Widget Options plugin is accessible via WordPress administration page. You can find the step-by-step procedures through our easy guide how to install this powerful plugin and activate it. When the plugin is ready to use, you are able to make your own configurations. In the following text, we will show you how to manage it in a detailed way.
How to Use Widget Options
The plugin charges some features for free. However, you need to unlock other features if you want to take full advantage of the plugin. In other words, you need to pay for the complete widget management. Considering your budget, we only have a further discussion on the main features.
On the Appearances > Widgets page, there are four icons beneath the title when you select the widget you want to edit. At first, we want to remind you that you should not forget to hit the “Save” button to store your changes for each step.
Step 1: Decide widget visibility for pages
The Page Visibility option namely “eye” icon allows you to easily show or hide widgets on any WordPress pages by checking or unchecking the tabs for post types, taxonomies and miscellaneous options. As a result, you can serve appropriate sidebar contents for your visitors.
Step 2: Customize widget restrictions for devices
The Desire Restriction option namely “device” icon allows you to decide which devices you want the widget to be visible. The available choices include tablet, desktop and mobile screen sizes. You will benefit a lot from the feature if you want to make your website responsive and readable on any devices. It is crucial for you to hide mobile in order to well display your WordPress site for mobile visitors, throwing away sidebar contents.
Step 3: Define alignment for the widget
And it is possible for you to make a better content alignment for the widget by configuring the next icon. Widget Options is able to serve different alignments including default, center, left, right, and justify. By presenting appropriate alignments, you will gain higher customer satisfaction. For example, it is nice for you to create a center alignment instead of a left one for mobile devices.
Step 4: Add custom CSS ID & classes into the widget
The Classes & ID namely “gear” icon enables you to add custom CSS ID and classes into the widget. One thing you should remember is that widgets have their own ID but they can be divided into multiple classes.
Though it is kind of time-consuming for you to repeat the above procedures on other widgets, you are free to customize each widget to meet your requirements. What’s more, you are able to add widget animation, custom widget links, and many more once you unlock the complete features. If your budget permits, you can pay $24.99/mo to get more advanced features.
At first, we have explained the reason for fully controlling widgets. Then we have introduced Widget Options to help you get full control over your WordPress widgets in an easy way. Since some advanced features inside the plugin need to be unlocked, we only focus on the main features and show you how to customize widgets with them. Enabling you to have a clear idea about the steps, we have listed out them in below.
- Decide widget visibility for pages.
- Customize widget restrictions for devices.
- Define alignment for widgets.
- Add custom CSS ID & classes into widgets.