Replaces many of the default widgets with versions that allow much more control. Widgets come with highly customizable control panels.
For me and many of my theme users, we wanted the ability to have more control over the output of the default WordPress widgets, which didn't have enough flexibility.
This functionality is easily done with PHP code. But, for someone unfamiliar with editing theme files and working with PHP, it is not so easy and not nearly as fun as widgets.
Therefore, the original widgets for this plugin were created as a part of my theme framework, Hybrid Core, which is where they still live today. However, I wanted to provide a way for users of my themes to also be able to use these widgets, even if they were no longer using my themes. Plus, it would be cool if other WordPress users could use them too. Thus, this plugin was born.
Widgets Reloaded works by removing many of the default WordPress widgets and replacing them with customized versions. Each widget is then given many more options to allow you to customize the output of widgets on your site. You'll see many more checkboxes, input boxes, select boxes, and other options to choose from.
First, you should understand that you don't have to use all of the widget options. The defaults are already set up for you when you add a widget to the sidebar. You only need to configure the options that you need.
One thing many people don't realize is that most widgets are just "pretty" versions of WordPress template tags. They allow you to use the widgets screen to configure the parameters of functions that are normally written in PHP code. The Widgets Reloaded plugin merely exposes most, if not all, of these parameters in widget form. That way, you don't have to worry about writing code.
The following is a list of the widgets and their associated template tag, which links to a Codex page that explains how each option (i.e., parameter) works.
Yes. The widgets are coded according to WordPress standards. The HTML output by them is no different than the HTML output by the default WordPress widgets. All correctly-coded themes will output the widgets perfectly.
The one exception might be the Search widget. If it doesn't look right with your theme, select the checkbox to use the theme's
Yes. Absolutely. In fact, I encourage you to use this plugin. By using the plugin, you can actually get quicker updates and bug fixes. I can send a plugin update in minutes. However, it could potentially take days or longer for a theme update.
One of the major changes to version 0.5.0 of this plugin was to ensure that this plugin played nicely with Hybrid Core themes. What the plugin does is make sure the widgets in Hybrid Core never get loaded. You'll only be presented with the widgets from this plugin.
I have a few ideas, but feel free to share your own. If there are other widgets you'd like to see in this plugin, let me know. I probably won't add every widget idea, but I'm more than willing to consider each one carefully.
Also, remember that this plugin is meant to overwrite the default WordPress widgets. If you'd like to see a new widget that's not in WordPress, it probably won't get added to this plugin. However, I might be willing to code a new plugin just for that widget. I love WordPress widgets and am always interested in creating new, fun stuff.