This plugin hasn’t been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.

Advanced Text Widget


Advanced Text Widget is a text widget that allows you to execute raw PHP code and specify on which pages it should be displayed. It comes with 10 default visibility conditions. You can edit and/or add your own visibility conditions as well. Conditions support arguments which could be strings and/or arrays.


  • 10 Default widget visibility conditions with over 20 application possibilities.
  • Add unlimited custom conditions.
  • “Advanced Text” widget with raw PHP support and shortcodes execution.

PRO Version:

  • Apply visibility conditions to ANY widget.
  • Add custom CSS IDs/Classes to ANY widget.
  • Import/Export your visibility conditions to re-use on other sites.

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Install like any other basic plugin:

  1. Copy the advanced-text-widget folder to your /wp-content/plugins/ folder

  2. Activate the Advanced Text Widget on your plugin-page.

  3. Drag the Advanced Text Widget to your sidebar and add your own content including php code if needed. Optionally specify whether to display only on home, pages, posts, posts in category (-ies) or category archives. Specify even more if you like with slug/ID/title.

The plugins settings are located under Settings => ATW Plugin. From there you can edit/add visibility conditions as well as opt-out from applying conditions to all widgets.


  • When selecting to show widget on Home page – it will show up on the Blog’s index (main) page. If you have a static front page where you would like to show your widget, select the Front page option.


Essential plugin for all my sites

EDIT: Even though this was a great plugin in its day, it hasn’t been updated in over 2 years and was flagged as vulnerable to attack when I ran WPScan. I therefore can’t recommend it for now.

Original review: Can’t imagine building a WordPress site without this, it’s normally the first plugin one I install. Makes adding custom content to sidebars on a per-page basis an absolute breeze. Very flexible, you can type PHP and shortcodes in the text area and it displays whatever you want. A must have for any WordPress site developer.

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  • WP 4.3. compatibility update.


  • WP 4.1. compatibility update.


  • Added settings reset button.


  • Fixed: default settings weren’t getting imported on initial plugin activation.


  • Added support for [embed] shortcodes.
  • Updated deprecated functions usage and removed php notices.


  • WP 3.9 compatibility update.


  • Bug Fix: after plugin activation existing widgets had to be re-saved, otherwise they were displayed with default settings. No data loss there – just the output issue.


  • Changed widget’s content filter to atw_widget_content instead of the default widget_text.
  • Bug Fix: atw shortcode filter wasn’t using the right handle.


  • Updated all get method operations with esc_attr() to improve security.


  • Fix for possible security vulnerability.