The Display Widgets plugin was recently removed from the official WordPress Plugin Repository because it contained a backdoor to publish spam content to sites using it. Read more about the alternatives Widget Options, Content Aware Sidebars, and Jetpack Widget Visibility.
The Display Widgets plugin was recently removed from the official WordPress Plugin Repository because it contained a backdoor to publish spam content to sites using it. While the latest update of the plugin is safe to use, it is highly recommended to replace it. See the best Display Widgets alternatives here. If you are using Display Widgets version 2.6.x on your site, you need to deactivate or update it to version 2.7 immediately! Once that is done, please read on.
If you just want to know the best alternatives to Display Widgets right away, the plugins we recommend are, in no particular order:
Why switch to a Display Widgets alternative?
It needs to be stressed out that if you are using Display Widgets version 2.7, your site is no longer affected by the security issues. But because it has been removed from the WordPress Plugin Repository, it is highly recommended to replace Display Widgets with another plugin.
The plugin can no longer be downloaded from wordpress.org, and there will be no bug fixes or feature updates added after version 2.7 (which is basically a rollback to an older, secure version).This means that Display Widgets is abandoned.
But don’t worry, there are other
This tutorial will show how easy it is to hide a sidebar from any page or post and get a full-width layout in all modern, well-coded WordPress themes. No coding. No custom templates.
In this tutorial we will show how easy it is to remove a sidebar from any page or post and get a full-width layout. This method will work in all modern, well-coded WordPress themes using only the best plugin to hide sidebars! No coding. No custom templates. Does My Theme Support Hidden Sidebars?
If you have a modern WordPress theme, it should automatically support full-width layouts when hiding sidebars. To understand how WordPress themes handle and display widget areas, we need to look at two basic functions you might’ve come across if you have ever looked at the code in your theme:
is_active_sidebar('name') – checks if a specific widget area is active or not
dynamic_sidebar('name') – displays a specific widget area
But what is an active sidebar? In general, a sidebar that contain widgets is active, while an empty sidebar is inactive. The 3 most common cases for how WordPress themes handle inactive sidebars are:
Sidebar is completely removed, and a full-width layout takes up its space (Standard in modern, well-coded themes)
Sidebar is hidden, but a blank space takes its place
Sidebar is hidden, but hardcoded widgets take its place (Used to be the norm in the early
With Content Aware Sidebars version 3.7 you can now design any widget area, display widgets in responsive columns, and insert conditional widget areas into WordPress action hooks.
Content Aware Sidebars version 3.7 has been released, and it includes some major features that will help you take complete control over your widgets and sidebars. It might even change the way you think about WordPress widget areas in general. Let’s take a look inside! Design Your Widget Areas and Add Columns
Where version 3.6 made it possible to modify the styling and markup of custom sidebars and widget areas, I now introduce the Widget Area Designer: Easily change the look and feel of any custom widget area, and display widgets in up to 12 columns.
Content Aware Sidebars uses highly optimized and responsive CSS that will work in all modern browsers and of course only be loaded when needed. I know how important page load times are, so even when you have designed several widget areas that are all displayed on the same page, the total CSS size will just be ~1-2KB and have virtually no impact on page load times! It will also work nicely with caching and compression plugins.
The design options you can customize in version 3.7 are:
Restrict User Access version 1 comes with a new design, a solid documentation, and is packed with free features. Restrict and drip any content or context on your WordPress site.
With a new logo, improved user experience design, a solid documentation, and unparalleled free features, I am happy to announce that version 1 of Restrict User Access is now ready. Additionally, I am introducing the first three add-ons for even more control. A (new) beginning for Restrict User Access
Restrict User Access started out as a small side project, just like another plugin of mine, Content Aware Sidebars, did. The latter turned out to be a massive success and is now the #1 best rated widget area plugin for WordPress, which is truly amazing.
In the last few months, the popularity of Restrict User Access has been seemingly accelerating and will soon reach 100.000 downloads. When I decided to integrate the plugin with Freemius for data-driven development, I could finally confirm the growth.
Thanks to all the awesome users of Content Aware Sidebars Pro (and to the amazing team behind Freemius), I have been able to pour more time into Restrict User Access as well. It now has all the core features and backing I wanted for it and is ready for prime time.
Also thanks to all users who have provided valuable feedback and even contributed with code on Github!
Restrict And Drip Any Content