Widgets are WordPress extensions used to add new functions to a WordPress based website. It may be a calendar, search bar or pretty much any functionality that you can think of. Widgets support drag and drop placement in WordPress sidebars and they are very popular. There thousands of WordPress plugins available that expose their functions through widget and more and more themes use sidebars as placeholder all over the theme making it possible to use widgets in many new ways.
The sidebar/widget system is a great function in WordPress, however, often more control is required concerning on what pages, posts, and categories widgets are visible. Fortunately, there is an available WordPress plugin to address this issue.
Widgets Controller plugin is a great free option to control how your widgets display on the website. When adding a new widget you can simply select where it is going to be visible. It includes support for 404, home page and search page as well.
You need to download the plugin at the WordPress plugin repository and install it. Upload to your server, and activate the plugin. It does not have a separate menu or settings page. You can access the plugin functions by going to Appearance > Widgets.
Drag any widget to the widget area and configure it to your preference. Widgets control can be found on the lower part of the widget you dragged.
Check the Widget Controller option to bring down the list of pages of your website.
You need to check the pages that you want the widget to show up and hit save.
Here is an example of a page where the widget Recent posts is selected and therefore visible.
Here is another example where the vidget is not visible.
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