Widgets Control

Description

Widgets Control is a toolbox that features visibility management for all widgets, sidebars, sections of content and content blocks.
It allows to show widgets and sidebars based on conditions – you can choose to show them only on certain pages or exclude them from being displayed.
Sections of content can also be restricted by using this plugin’s [widgets_control] shortcode.
You can also define new WYSIWYG Content Blocks that can be used in widgets, sidebars and with shortcodes.

For each widget and sidebar, you can decide where it should be displayed:

  • show it on all pages
  • show it on some pages
  • show it on all except some pages

… you can target small, medium or large screens for mobile, tablet and desktop users.

To include or exclude pages, the plugin allows you to indicate page ids, titles or slugs and tokens that identify the front page, categories, tags, etc.

In addition to page ids, titles and slugs, these tokens can be used to determine where a widget should or should not be displayed:

[home] [front] [single] [page] [category] ...

On sites using WPML, widgets can be shown conditionally based on the language viewed.

The [widgets_control] shortcode is used to embed content and show it conditionally similar to the visibility options used for widgets and sidebars.
For example, [widgets_control conditions="{archive}"]This text is shown only when the content is displayed on an archive page.[/widgets_control].

Widgets Control also provides flexible WYSIWYG Content Blocks and a proper widget that can be used to place them in sidebars,
the [widgets_control_content] shortcode to embed freely created blocks anywhere on your pages and
API functions that allow to include these blocks in PHP templates of your theme.
For even more flexible control, use Widgets Control Pro which provides freely definable additional sidebars.

Use display conditions to show or hide content on devices with small, medium or large displays, useful to adapt the display to mobile, tablet and desktop viewers.

See the documentation for more details.

Widgets Control works with virtually any widget. It is compatible with lots of plugins, among these it has been tested with:

Widgets Control Pro

Our Widgets Control Pro provides additional features:

  • Conditions based on the viewed post type. For example, show a widget only on posts with [type:post] or only on product pages with [type:product]
  • Show or hide widgets on full page hierarchies, where conditions are based on a parent page and all its child pages: some-page/*
  • Show or hide widgets based on user roles. For example, show a widget to subscribers and customers only: [role:subscriber,customer]
  • Show or hide widgets based on a user’s group membership with Groups. For example, show a widget only to registered users with [group:Registered] or show a widget only to users in a Premium group using [group:Premium]
  • Show or hide widgets for archive pages of a specific post type. For example, [archive:product] can be used to show widgets for the WooCommerce shop page and product archives only.
  • Allows to specify exclusions. For example, to show a widget only on pages, but exclude it from being shown on one or more specific pages.
  • Provides additional sidebar features that allow to define any number of custom sidebars, flexible placement based on common locations, including above and below content, the comment form, menus and other sidebars, the [widgets_control_sidebar] shortcode to embed them in content on your pages and API functions to use them in your theme’s templates.

Feedback

Feedback is welcome!

If you need help, have problems, want to leave feedback or want to provide constructive criticism, please do so here at the Widgets Control plugin page.

Please try to solve problems there before you rate this plugin or say it doesn’t work. There goes a lot of work into providing you with quality plugins!

Please help with your feedback and we’re also grateful if you help spread the word about this plugin.

Thanks!

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Screenshots

  • Widget visibility example I.
  • Widget visibility example II.
  • Widget visibility example III.
  • Sidebar visibility example.
  • Shortcode usage examples to restrict sections of content.

Installation

Dashboard

Log in as an administrator and go to Plugins > Add New.

Type Widgets Control in the search field and click Search Plugins, locate the Widgets Control plugin by itthinx and install it by clicking Install Now.
Now activate the plugin to have the widget placement features available.

FTP

You can install the plugin via FTP, see Manual Plugin Installation.

FAQ

Installation Instructions

Dashboard

Log in as an administrator and go to Plugins > Add New.

Type Widgets Control in the search field and click Search Plugins, locate the Widgets Control plugin by itthinx and install it by clicking Install Now.
Now activate the plugin to have the widget placement features available.

FTP

You can install the plugin via FTP, see Manual Plugin Installation.

Where is the documentation for this plugin?

You can find the documentation on the Widgets Control documentation pages.

Reviews

Almost Perfect

I could use a simpler way to mark single pages and posts, but if you know the ID’s, then it works perfectly on the front end.

Very good

Very powerful, you can do pretty much anything imaginable. Rather low level interface is a reasonable trade-off. Works very well.

Great!

Really a very awesome plug-in that does exactly what it says on the tin – and more. Well done and keep up the good work! Cheers.

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Contributors & Developers

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

Contributors

Translate “Widgets Control” into your language.

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Changelog

2.0.3

  • Improved WPML compatibility to retrieve the content of translated content blocks.

2.0.2

  • Fixed wrong description on PHP code for content blocks.
  • Updated the German translation.

2.0.1

  • Added the widgets_control_content() API function.
  • Fixed PHP code shown for content blocks.

2.0.0

  • Added a new post type to support Content Blocks and related features.
  • Added the [widgets_control_content] shortcode.
  • Added the Content Block widget.
  • Replaced the usage of language domain constant with string.
  • Added the notice class.
  • Added support for display conditions for mobile, tablet and desktop (small, medium and large) screen sizes.
  • German translation updated.