Duplicate any existing widget using the Widget Alias widget and shortcode.
Widget Alias allows you to create an "alias" of any existing widget, effectively reproducing / duplicating it. This can be especially handy when you want the same widget to appear in multiple sidebars. Normally you would have to edit each widget independently, but Widget Alias means you'll only have to edit one.
A MIGHTYminnow plugin.
This plugin is similar to Duplicate Widget, with a few key differences:
<select>menus on the fly, which means you see widget changes (adding widgets, deleting widgets, re-ordering widgets, etc) in real time.
Widget Alias can be used in one of two ways:
In Appearances > Widgets you'll see a new widget called "Widget Alias", in which you can specify an override title if desired, and use the drop-down
<select> menu to choose the ID of the widget you would like to alias.
Widget Alias also comes packaged with a shortcode that looks like this:
[wa id="target-widget-id" title="Override Title"]
To use the shortcode simply enter the ID of the widget you would like to alias (
id parameter), and an override title (
title parameter) if you would like to change the aliased widget's title.
Widget Alias makes it easy to tell which widgets are being aliased - each aliased widget has a note below its widget controls letting you know how many times it is aliased. If you delete an aliased widget, the Widget Alias widgets that previously pointed to it will revert to the default alias value of "None."
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