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Widgets Reloaded

The default WordPress widgets don't offer much control over how they are output on the screen. Widgets Reloaded seeks to correct this problem.

This plugin replaces many of the default widgets with versions that allow much more control. Widgets come with highly customizable control panels. Each widget can also be used any number of times.


The plugin overwrites many of the default WordPress widgets. The following is the list of custom widgets the plugin offers.

  • Archives
  • Authors
  • Bookmarks (Links)
  • Calendar
  • Categories
  • Navigation Menu
  • Pages
  • Search
  • Tags


Version 0.6.0

  • New include and exclude arguments for the Authors widget.
  • All widgets now have defaults set. This is so that there are no undefined index notices when calling a widget using the_widget() or similar methods.
  • Make sure the Calendar widget has a default title when shown in the customizer.
  • Adds a wrapper <p> for the Categories widget when there's no style set.
  • Eliminates all uses of extract() in accordance with new WP coding standards.
  • Removed trailing ?> from all PHP files.
  • Dropped search widget options in favor of playing more nicely with get_search_form() and its hooks.
  • Added the Domain Path plugin header.
  • Complete overhaul of the sanitizing/validating functionality in the plugin for smarter handling of widget option updates.
  • Incorporates newer HTML5 form fields in widget options where possible.
  • Added placeholders so that it's easier to understand what each widget option does.
  • Introduced the single_text and multiple_text options for the Tags widget.
  • Added Finnish, French, Romanian, Spanish, and Swedish translations.
  • Minor bug fixes.

Version 0.5.1

  • Added an upgrade notice for users below 0.5.0.
  • Added a fix for users of the MP6 plugin who are having issues with widget controls.

Version 0.5.0

  • Overhauled how the entire plugin works.
  • Ported in new versions of the widgets from the Hybrid Core framework.
  • Users of Hybrid Core-based themes can now use this plugin and the theme at the same time.
  • Recent Posts widget is no longer disabled.

Version 0.4.1

  • WP_DEBUG notices fixes so that the plugin is a bit cleaner and uses best practices.

Version 0.4.0

  • Revamped each of the widgets individually to be much easier to use (lots of pointing and clicking instead of typing in IDs).
  • Loads of new options and things to play around with.
  • Added the Navigation Menu widget to use the WordPress 3.0 nav menus.
  • Moved the language files into the languages folder.
  • Note that you may need to re-save your widget settings upon upgrade.

Version 0.3.0

  • The widgets are now completely ported over from the Hybrid theme framework. This just makes more sense than dealing with two separate codebases.
  • Individual widget files now begin with widget-.
  • The Categories widget now has a search option and the orderby option has two new parameters: slug and term_group.
  • Added a search and title_li option for the Bookmarks widget.
  • Added separator, search, name__like, pad_counts, parent, child_of, and hide_empty options for the Tags widget.
  • Added a number and offset option for the Pages widget.
  • Fixed the show_post_count option in the Archives widget.

Version 0.2.0

  • Completely rewrote every line of code to work with the WordPress 2.8+ widget API.
  • By God, I'm not going to document every one of those changes.
  • You'll likely have to re-add your widgets once you've upgraded because of the new widget system in WordPress.

Version 0.1.2

  • Code cleanup.
  • Added the Calendar widget.

Version 0.1.1

  • Cleaned up a lot of the code.
  • Fixed a few bugs.
  • Added the Authors widget.

Version 0.1.0

  • Plugin launch.

Professional Support

If you need professional plugin support from me, the plugin author, you can access the support forums at Theme Hybrid, which is a professional WordPress help/support site where I handle support for all my plugins and themes for a community of 40,000+ users (and growing).

Copyright and License

This project is licensed under the GNU GPL, version 2 or later.

2008 – 2014 © Justin Tadlock.