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.

Exploding Widgets


THIS PLUGIN IS OLD AND NO LONGER SUPPORTED. I’ve created a significantly more robust plugin named Widget Wrangler.

Exploding Widgets gives the wordpress admin a clean interface for managing widgets on a page by page basis. Currently only supports one exploding widgets sidebar.


  1. Upload exploding-widgets to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the Plugins menu in WordPress
  3. Copy sidebar-exploding-widgets.php into your theme directory
  4. Edit your theme to include this sidebar where desired.


How do I create a new widget?

Edit the ‘sidebar-exploding-widgets.php’ file you copied to your theme directory. Create a new function like so.

function widget_my_widget_name()

Then add this widget name to the $allowed array at the top of that file.


Contributors & Developers

“Exploding Widgets” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


  • Updated readmet to direct people to Widget Wrangler
  • I have no excuse for the version convention used for this plugin.

  • Fixed bug where some meta boxes weren’t saving with the post. Removed


form> from admin meta box.

  • Fixed bug with listing default widgets on edit page.

  • Fixed error in svn

  • Added more error checking for undefined default widgets

  • Added additional Error checking


  • Fixed bug: Better javascript makes it WordPress 3 Compatible.

  • Fixed bug: Removed console.log calls in javascript.


  • Fixed bug: Javasript was not enabling widget weight on adding new widgets.


  • Fixed bug: Now checks for AUTOSAVE


  • Fixed bug: Load EW javascript only on page/edit


  • Completed admin widget