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.

Widget Live Editor


  • Requires at least WordPress 4.0.
  • Meant to be used with the plugin “Adapter Widget Rows” and Bootstrap 3. Creates a live-editor, drag-and-drop framework.
  • Instant Feedback: Re-size the widget’s images and see text as you type.
  • Easy: Click the widget’s “edit” link on your page. No need for admin menus. Move the widget or add a new one.
  • Flexible: Each widget can have an image, heading, text, and/or a link. One widget could be only an image and a link to your “Contact” page. Or only a heading, text, and a link to a blog post.
  • Responsive: Looks good at any size. Perfect for Bootstrap themes, where widgets can have most of the content. Use vector images for retina displays.


  • Edit as you see your full page. Your site won't update until you click "Save & Publish."
  • Choose from any of your images, or no image.
  • Re-size the image.
  • Include a link to any page or post.
  • See the text on your page as you type.


  1. Upload the widget-live-editor directory to your /wp-content/plugins directory.
  2. In the “Plugins” menu, find “Widget Live Editor,” and click “Activate.”
  3. From the front of your site, find a page that has widgets.
  4. If you have the plugin “Adapter Widget Rows,” click the “plus” icon, and select “Live Editor.”
  5. If you don’t have “Adapter Widget Rows,” click “Customize” in the top admin bar.
  6. Click “Widgets” > “Add a Widget.”
  7. Select a “Live Editor” widget.
  8. Find the editing section in the “Live Editor Widgets” panel, above the “Widgets” panel.


Will the “edit” link on the widget appear to visitors?

No, only you will see it.

How do I delete a Live Editor widget?

On your page, click “edit” on the widget. Click “Move widget” in the left panel that appears, then “Remove.”

Can I live-edit any widget?

No, only this plugin’s widgets.

Contributors & Developers

“Widget Live Editor” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • Stability improvement: only most recent 100 posts and images available for each widget.


  • Fixed a bug where images were too big in Firefox and Internet Explorer.


  • Must have WordPress 4.0 to update.
  • Editor area for widgets won’t take up much of your customizer screen. They are now in their own panel.
  • Sorry, “edit” links on the widgets have been removed. So have the “Move widget” and “Edit content” links. The plugin “Adapter Widget Rows” has these features, if you have Bootstrap 3.
  • Easier to use when you create a new “Live Editor” widget. The page won’t reload until you click.
  • Compatible with WordPress 4.0.
  • Translation-ready, but it doesn’t have any translations.


  • First version