Do you want to disable unwanted widgets in WordPress? Well, you have landed in the right place. In this article, we will show you how to disable unwanted widgets in WordPress in easy steps.

A WordPress widget is a module that performs a specific function. You can add widgets in dedicated areas usually in the sidebar, header, and footer of your WordPress theme. You can also add widgets with the drag-and-drop function to insert them into the specific widget areas.

You can find a list of available widgets and widget areas for your WordPress by going to the Appearance > Widgets section of your WordPress Dashboard.

Originally, WordPress widgets were created to give users control over part of the design and structure of the WordPress theme. They allow users to drag-and-drop modules in areas provided for this purpose in the theme of their WordPress website.

Widget areas are usually located in the sidebar, but you can also find them in the header, footer, underneath the content, and almost all other areas of your theme.

Imagine now that you can add widgets to an article or page without writing a single line of code but what if you want to disable unwanted widgets in WordPress? This is what you will see in today’s article!

Disable Unwanted Widgets on Your WordPress Website

To help you do this, I will install the Widget Options (freemium) plugin, which you can easily find in the plugins directory of WordPress. This plugin is very popular with more than 30,000+ active installations and a rating of 4.5/5.

So, let’s dig out its features

Features of WordPress Widget Options

  • Easily hide widgets on specific WordPress pages
  • Show or hide WordPress widgets on specific devices
  • Assign custom widget alignment
  • Display widget logic
  • Responsive custom widget columns
  • Restrict WordPress widgets for each user roles
  • Custom WordPress widget styling
  • Custom WordPress widget animations
  • Sticky/fixed widgets on scroll
  • Restrict WordPress widgets per days or date range
  • Assign custom WordPress widget ID and/or classes
  • Post types & taxonomies widget visibility options
  • Hide WordPress widget title
  • Custom widget links
  • Display sidebars and widgets via shortcodes
  • Disable any widgets
  • WordPress widget cache output
  • Live widget search filter
  • Page Builder by SiteOrigin plugin ready
  • WordPress customizer ready

Now Let’s See How to Use It!

For the purpose of this article, I will sign up for a free trial on Cloudways and launch latest WordPress on DigitalOcean server.

After the successful sign-up, click Applications from the top-left menu bar and click on your WordPress app. Now log in to your WordPress Dashboard from Application Management > Access Details > Admin Panel. Click on URL and enter the ‘Username’ and ‘Password’ from the Admin Panel.

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Installing and Activating the Plugin

Like all WordPress plugins, you can install it by going to Plugins > Add New and enter ‘Widget Options’ in the search plugins box on the top-right side of the screen. Click the Install button, and when it is installed, click the Activate button. For more details, please head over to our step by step guide on how to install WordPress plugin.

After activating the plugin, it will add new functionalities into sidebar options named Widgets. You can access this sidebar by going to the Appearance > Widgets. This Widget Options will store all the existing widgets and their settings.

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Let’s assume, I want to disable Blog Sidebar from the Search. I simply select Hide on checked pages from the Blog Sidebar > Visibility (icon) Hide/Show and tap into Search then Save.

In addition to this, I can also customize the settings of Blog Sidebar for Devices, Alignment, Class ID, & Logic and many other things. However, you can see all these options next to Visibility icon.

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As I mentioned earlier, Widget Options is a freemium plugin; therefore, its functionality is limited to the free version. Nonetheless, you can get the upgraded version by going to Settings > Widget Options and tap Get Extended Widgets options from the left sidebar.

Wrapping Up!

I hope this article is helpful to you and that you can now disable unwanted widgets in your WordPress articles or pages, depending on your needs.

Have you ever wanted to disable widgets on your WordPress? If YES, tell us how you did that in the comments section below.

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