Widget Importer & Exporter


Widget Importer & Exporter is useful for moving widgets from one WordPress site to another, backing up widgets and for theme developers to give users sample widgets. See the details on churchthemes.com.


Importing is done by uploading an export file created by the plugin. The results of an import are shown in a nicely formatted table with an explanation of what happened with each widget area and widget.

Importation takes into consideration widget areas not existing in the current theme (widgets imported as Inactive), widgets that already exist in the same widget area (widgets not duplicated) and widgets that are not supported by the site (widgets not imported).


Widget Importer & Exporter can create an export file (in JSON format with .wie extension) out of currently active widgets. This file can be imported into other sites using this plugin or used to restore widgets to the same site later.


The following translations are available.


The wie_before_import action fires after a file is uploaded but before the data is imported. wie_after_import fires after the data is imported. The wie_import_data filter can be used to filter data before it is imported. Other filters are used throughout. Submit an issue on GitHub if you need more hooks (pull requests encouraged).

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  • Main import/export screen
  • Results from an import


Please see Installing Plugins in the WordPress Codex.

After activation, go to Tools > Widget Importer & Exporter


Installation Instructions

Please see Installing Plugins in the WordPress Codex.

After activation, go to Tools > Widget Importer & Exporter

Why does the JSON export file use a .wie extension?

The export file contains JSON data that is not compatible with any other plugin. Therefore it has a proprietary file extension. This keeps people from confusing export files from other widget import/export plugins.


Great plugin, saved me hours

Transfering between sites isn’t always a walk in the park, especially when transferring a small part of a site such as the widgets, this plugin just does what it says without any issues.

I didn’t see any marketing popups promoting plugin author services as claimed by many users – as such, this plugin doesn’t have to be activated longer then the few min it takes to export the file and no need to network activate if exporting/importing from one site on the network!

Saved me huge time as it took me less than a 5 min to install the plugin on two sites, export from site A and import into site B.

justo lo que buscaba

Encontre este theme por casualidad, la verdad llevo días buscando algo concreto y no habla forma, nada mas abrirlo, vi que era lo que estaba buscando, algo fácil de customizar que se adaptara a mis Neve¡cesidades y lo he encontrado

Uses on lot of sites

Very good plugin that I use on most of my sites! And after a discussion in support, the plugin author also listen to the users and removed an unwanted warning


I certainly think this plugin is wonderful for what it does. But I really don’t like suddenly having a banner pop up across all sites that says ‘YOU’RE NOT USING SSL’ Danger! Danger! WTF.

This plugin has hijacked my admin to add a banner to sell their hosting plan and SSL certificate. And because this is a multisite, every one of my client sites is seeing the same message. How I love having to explain to 40 people what the h*ll this means.


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Contributors & Developers

“Widget Importer & Exporter” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


“Widget Importer & Exporter” has been translated into 9 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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See releases on GitHub.