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+10 Best WordPress Plugins For Widgets 2020

There are so many amazing things you can do with WordPress widgets. You can use them to display popular posts, email signup forms, get more Facebook likes, and much more.

Although, with so many options to choose from, it can be a bit difficult to find the right widget with the best design and support to match your website. We wanted to make that process a bit easier for you.

In this post, we’re featuring some of the must-have WordPress widgets you should add to your blog or website. We made sure to pick only the best plugins and premium platforms after reviewing the widgets for their features, modern design, compatibility, and support from its developers.

Have a look and upgrade your old widgets with this improved collection.

1- Sidebar & Widget Manager for WordPress

  • Custom Responsive page layouts – widgetize a page, drop widgets in page content area
  • Drag and drop OTW Grid Manager – build responsive layouts in seconds!
  • Vertical or Horizontal widgets alignment
  • Replace any theme sidebar with a custom one on any set of pages
  • Unlimited custom sidebars
  • Sticky sidebars and widgets
  • Widget visibility – display any widget on or hide it from any page
  • Supports any kind of content Pages, Page templates, Posts, Categories, Tags, Archives, Custom post types, Taxonomies, Post type archives, WordPress service pages – home, front, 404, search, etc.
  • OTW Content Sidebars – add custom sidebars in content for pages and posts
  • WPML plugin support – display sidebars and widgets based on Language
  • WooCommerce plugin support – woo pages, products, categories, tags
  • bbPress plugin support – bbPress pages, forums, topics, topic tags
  • BuddyPress plugin support – Activity and Members pages
  • User roles – Display sidebars and widgets based on User role
  • Optimized performance for large WP installations
  • Designed to fit into the core WordPress design
  • Easy and intuitive administration
  • No coding required

Custom responsive page layouts – Widgetizing pages

Adding widgets on pages is a very flexible way to build your own unique page layout. Your layours will be responsive. Easy, fun, no coding!

  • Create as many custom sidebars as you need
  • Create a new page
  • Create your responsive column layout – few clicks with the OTW Grid Manager
  • Insert the new sidebars in the columns
  • Go to Appearance -> Widgets and drop some widgets in your new sidebars

Your other options are to copy the sidebar’s shortcode and paste it in a page/post, wherever in the content you need it. Or use the Insert Sidebar Shortcode button in the editor to do the same.
You can read more on Widgetizing pages by using the OTW Grid Manager – the process, screenshots, video.

Vertical and Horizontal widget alignment

  • Vertical
    This is the default WordPress widget alignment. The widgets in sidebars (widget areas) with vertical alignment are arranged in a column bellow each other.
  • Horizontal
    The widgets in sidebars (widget areas) with horizontal alignment will be arranged in a row next to each other (lined up on the same line). Such widget areas are fluid and very flexible. The widget area width will be equally divided between all widgets in this widget area. Horizontal alignement is usually used on widgetized pages.

You can read more on Horizontal or vertical widget alignment with screenshots.

Replace existing theme sidebars with custom ones.

Display relevant content on your pages. You can now replace an existing sidebar (widget area) with a custom sidebar for one or group of pages, templates, posts, custom post types, taxonomies, etc (any combination). The content of the new sidebar will be displayed on the exact same spot as the one you select to replace only for those pages you selected. You can also easily make your sidebar a Sticky sidebar so the content in the sidebar stays visible even when the user scrolls down the page.

  • Create a custom sidebar
  • Choose which sidebar to replace
  • Choose where to display the custom sidebar – any set of pages, templates, posts, custom post types, taxonomies, etc.
  • Go to your Appearance -> Widgets and drop some widgets in your new sidebar

Widgets visibility – complete control

Every widget can now be display on or hidden from one or few pages, templates, posts, custom post types, taxonomies, etc (any combination). It works with all widgets – WordPress default and any custom added widget.

  • Go to Appearance -> Widgets
  • Every widget has a button named Set Visibility
  • Choose where is the widget displayed on or hidden from

OTW Content Sidebars

Add custom sidebars on the left and right of the content of your pages and posts. This works best in full width page templates. We have such template included if your theme does not have it.
Content sidebars can be set up for all pages and these settings can be overriden for each page individually.
Those sidebars can be easily made Sticky sidebars so the content in those sidebars stay visible even when the user scrolls down the page.

Add a sidebar in a page template file

Although it requires a little coding knowledge it is still very simple. Use the shortcode of the sidebar you’d like to add and the WordPress function do_shortcode.

If you are a ThemeForest theme author

Include this item in your themes and give your users full control over page layout, sidebars and widget visibility. All you need is 1 extended license for each theme you put on the market and permission from the author which you get by writing us: http://themeforest.net/user/OTWthemes#contact

Interface and Performance optimizations

  • Fits well into the core WordPress design
  • Optimized performance for large WP installations
  • Ajax based operations so you don’t have to wait on pages to refresh
  • Filters in the listings – search, total selected, select/dis-select all, show all selected/dis-selected, order options, pagination
  • Content types are grouped

2- Advanced Categories Widget

Want your WordPress categories widget with image? This categories widget for WordPress is an advanced widget that gives you total control over the output of your categories. Support multi-instances widget, category image, easy to customize and full features. When a category link is clicked, all the posts in that category will display on a category page using the appropriate category template dictated by the template hierarchy rules.

Key Features & Options

Category posts New features
Show description for displaying the categories description.
Style, with HTML list or none.
Order, ascending or descending.
Orderby count, id, slug or term group.
Depth, controls how many levels in the hierarchy of categories are to be included.
Number, sets the number of categories to display.
Thumbnail Height & Width, for diplaying the categories image size.
Include & Exclude, only include or exclude the selected categories.
Exclude Tree, exclude category-tree from the results.
Child of, only display categories that are children of the category identified by this parameter.
Current Category, allows you to force the “current-cat” to appear on uses of wp_list_categories that are not on category archive pages.
Search, only for searching given categories.
Feed, display a link to each category’s rss-2 feed and set the link text to display.
Feed Type, show the fed type in atom, rss, rss2, or rdf.
Feed Image, set a URI for an image to show as a link.
Hierarchical, set a URI for an image to show as a link.
Use description, sets whether a category’s description is inserted into the title attribute of the links created.
Show last update
Show count, toggles the display of the current count of posts in each category.
Hide empty, toggles the display of categories with no posts.
Custom Style & Script, if you want to add additional CSS style or javascript per given widget ID.

3- Cryptocurrency Widgets Pro – WordPress Crypto Plugin

Cryptocurrency Widgets Pro – WordPress Crypto

Plugin (CoinMarketCap.com & CoinCap.io APIs)

It displays crypto coins current prices, price ticker, changes, market cap, volume, coin charts & realtime updates – bitcoin, ripple, litecoin, ethereum, dash, tron & 2000+ more coins. You can display crypto widget anywhere using simple shortcode.

Fully Autopilot & Fast Crypto Price Updates

This cypto plugin uses COINMARKETCAP & COINCAP.io apis to show current market prices of virtual coins by grabbing data from major crypto exchanges in fastest way.

Features of Crypto Widget

  • Create price label or price card of any crypto coin.
  • Show crypto price charts anywhere using shortcode.
  • Show crypto coins price ticker inside header, footer or anywhere inside website.
  • Display all crypto coins price table or list with hourly changes using shortcode.
  • Create beautiful layout using custom styles and custom css option.
  • Show coin price, volume, market cap, 24hour % price changes.
  • Show crypto market real time price updates.
  • 100+ top crypto coins price and market updates.

4- Popping Sidebars and Widgets for WordPress

Unlimited Popping Sidebars and Widgets for WordPress

Create popping custom responsive layouts with sidebars and widgets in just a few clicks. Choose from variety of overlays, positioning, page visibility, active period, open/close events, custom styling, custom sidebars and much more.

  • 3 types of Overlay – Full Bar (push and over site content), Side Box (push and over site content), Popup/Lightbox
  • Positioning – Header, Footer, Left, Right, Popup
  • Custom Responsive Layouts in your Overlay
  • Create Unlimited Custom Sidebars
  • Any Sidebar and Widget in your Overlay
  • Visibility for any set of pages, page templates, posts , categories, tags, archives, custom post types, taxonomies, user roles, WPML languages, WooCommerce, bbPress, BuddyPress
  • Set Multiple Activation Periods
  • Set Open/Close events
  • Custom Styling via an interface in the back-end
  • Easy and Intuitive administration that fits WordPress core design
  • Support and Updates

How It Works

  • Create Sidebars – as many as you need
  • Set up Your Overlay – choose type, positioning, page visibility, active period, open/close events, styling, etc.
  • Create Layout and Insert Sidebars – just a few clicks with the OTW Grid Manager

3 Types of Overlay

  • Full Bars – Header, Footer, Left or Right Positioning, Push or Over site content, Fixed or Scrolling with the Page, Slide or Fade Animation
  • Side Boxes – Header, Footer, Left or Right Positioning, Fixed or Scrolling with the Page, Slide or Fade Animation
  • Popups / Lightboxes – 7 animations, Overlay and Popup Styling

Open & Close Events

All types of overlays can be activated for different type of Open and Close Event.

  • Open Events – on page load, on page load with delay, after a number of page views, after a number of seconds spent on the site, on exit intent, WooCommerce abandoners, scroll/click to an id or class or % of the page, trigger from a link, button or WordPress menu
  • Close Event – close until next page load, show/hide button (custom labels, HTML and icons, show button horizontal or vertical text alignment) , close for number of page loads, close for number of days, No close button, Close on scroll to a css id or class

Multiple Activation Periods

Set up as many activation periods as you need. The overlay will be visible on your site for the periods you create. Setup start and end dates, days of the week, hours of the day.

Visibility Settings

All types of overlays can be set to be visible on any set of pages on your site.

  • Posts and taxonomies – Pages, posts , categories, tags, custom post types, custom taxonomies
  • Templates – Page templates, template hierarchy, taxonomy archives, user roles
  • Plugin support – WPML languages, WooCommerce, bbPress, BuddyPress, etc.

Unlimited Custom Styling

Style your overlays however you want.

  • Theme styles – The plugin will follow your theme styling for the main html tags.
  • Styling Interface – Styling via the interface is available for: Shadows, Borders, Rounded Corners, Background color or pattern image, Show/Hide Buttons, Animations, Paddings.
  • Custom CSS – You can further style by doing some custom CSS. Unique and custom classes are available for all overlays.

Unlimited Number of Sidebars

This plugin will allow you to create unlimited number of custom sidebars that you will be able to place in your overlays. Once a sidebar is created it will be available in Appearance -> Widgets section just like any other sidebar. Newly created sidebars can have vertical or horizontal widget alignment.

Vertical and Horizontal widget alignment

  • Vertical – This is the default WordPress widget alignment. The widgets in sidebars (widget areas) with vertical alignment are arranged in a column bellow each other.
  • Horizontal – The widgets in sidebars (widget areas) with horizontal alignment will be arranged in a row next to each other (lined up on the same line). Such widget areas are fluid and very flexible. The widget area width will be equally divided between all widgets in this widget area.

You can read more on Horizontal or vertical widget alignment.

Custom Responsive Layouts

Creating custom responsive layouts in your overlays is just a few clicks job with the OTW Grid Manager. No coding is required. It is all done in a very easy to use drag & drop interface.

Some of the features of OTW Grid Manager:

  • Responsive Layouts
  • Save & Load Templates
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • Clone, Resize, Edit, Delete
  • Insert Sidebars

Translation/Localization

This plugin comes Localization/Internationalization ready. It is following WordPress I18n standards. It can be easily translated or localized in other languages different than English. We have included .po/.mo files.

Interface and Performance optimizations

  • Fits well into the core WordPress design
  • Optimized performance for large WP installations
  • Ajax based operations so you don’t have to wait on pages to refresh

5- Smart Post Lists Widget for WordPress

Create post lists – any kind

Builds post lists based on options you choose from a form in a widget. It works similar to SQL query but no coding knowledge is required. Check out the Live preview and the Video Preview above.

You can drag & drop the widget in as many sidebars or custom widget areas as you like and build as many independent lists as you like. You can easily build any type of list you’d like.

Key characteristics

  • Unlimited post lists
  • Choose categories, tags, authors
  • Custom post types and taxonomies support
  • Title, excerpt, date, comments
  • List length and order
  • List delimiter
  • Image size – thumbnail, medium, large, custom size
  • Image positioning – top, right, left, in or out of excerpt
  • Number of columns – 1,2, 3, 4
  • Multiple widgets
  • Custom CSS class for every widget’s instance

Testimonials, Change log, Support

See at the bottom of the page.

Examples

You can create a fully functional website using this widget. Check the live preview to get some ideas

  • Sidebar examples – right, left, footer
  • Blog examples
  • Gallery – 2, 3, 4 columns
  • Portfolio – 1, 2, 3, 4 columns, Products
  • Widgetized page examples
  • and many more …

We look forward to see what you are able to build using Smart Post Lists Widget.

Get more from Smart Post Lists

Most themes for WordPress will come with default sidebars and a few footer areas where you can drop widgets in. If you want to have custom sidebars (widget areas) for instance in content areas of your pages and post, or any other area of your site:

  • Create custom sidebars (widget areas) by using a plugin. It’s fast and easy.
  • Create custom sidebars (widget areas) by little coding – advanced users.
  • Use an advanced theme with more widget areas defined.

Customize front-end outlook

By default the widget looks like all other widgets from the same sidebar you drop it in. It has its own CSS file that overrides the default styles for your list elements. You can use that file to further customize the front-end outlook.

You can also have a custom CSS class for every widget’s instance by entering the class name in the widget’s settings.

6- Fancy Text Widget

  • 10 fancy pins, tapes & icons
  • 10 beautiful handwriting Google fonts
  • 6 fancy background textures – wrinkled paper, sand paper, paper with lines …
  • adjustable corner shadows
  • works in any sidebar
  • over 1,000 possible graphical combinations
  • unlimited background and font colors with color picker

7- All in One Support Button with Callback Request| WhatsApp, Messenger, Telegram, LiveChat and more.

All in One Support Button displays on every page of your site and provide as many contact methods as you want.

You can choose what of contact methods will be displayed on desktop and mobile versions of your site separately. Also that way you can set one link for desktop version and another for mobile.

Facebook Customer Chat, WhatsApp, Tawk.to live chat, Intercom, Zendesk chat, Call Me Back, Crisp, VK chat, Skype, Slack, Viber, Telegram, Email, Smartsupp, LiveChat, LiveHelper Chat and more social communication support channels all in one message module!

Features

  • Button customization – customize button position, color, size, icon, label. All the settings can be set separately for mobile and desktop version of widget
  • Menu customization – customize menu size, menu background, menu icons style, text color, etc… All the settings can be set separately for mobile and desktop version of widget
  • Menu items – choose items you whant, add/edit/remove menu items
  • Menu items visibility – choose what items will be displayed on desktop and mobile devices separately
  • Custom javascript handler – you can write custom JavaScript item hadler to integrate widget with live-chat widgets, run Google Analytics code, etc…
  • Live chat integrations – you can use this functionality to integrate with one or few live chats such as FaceBook Customer Chat, Tawk.to, Zendesk chat etc… (please see full list below)
  • Customize prompt messages – add/edit/remove prompt messages
  • Callback request – customer can easily request a call-back to his/her phone number
  • Email – when visitor request a callback you will receive an email
  • Twilio integration – you can use Twilio integration to receive SMS when visitor request a callback
  • Telegram chatbot – you can create and integrate Telegram chatbot to receive Telegram message when visitor request a callback
  • Onesignal integration – you can use Onesignal integration to receive Web Push Notifications when visitor request a callback
  • Callback requests in admin panel – you can manage all callback requests in admin panel (please see screenshots)
  • Google reCaptcha V3 integration – prevent bots to send call-back request via invisible Google reCaptcha V3 (please see screenshots)
  • Countdown timer – display countdown timer when customer request a call-back
  • Theme color – customize button color (please see screenshots)
  • Hashtag commands – you can use simple link with hashtag href to send some commands (open menu, close menu, open call back popup etc…) to widget. Please see documentation for details.
  • Shortcodes – you can use shortcodes on any of your site pages to display contact buttons (please see screenshots)
  • Export/import settings – science version 1.5.0 you can easily export all plugin data to file. This tool allows you to migrate to newer version without data loss.

This plugin can be integrated with following live chat widgets:

  • Facebook customer chat
  • Tawk.to
  • Skype web control
  • Crisp
  • Intercom
  • Zendesk chat or Zopim
  • Zalo
  • VK Community messages
  • Live Helper Chat
  • Smartsupp
  • LiveChat (livechatinc.com)
  • This list will be extended…

8- Astero – WordPress Weather Plugin

Astero WordPress Weather Plugin

Astero utilizes Ajax technology and local caching for fast loading of weather forecasts that supports a fixed location or user geolocation. Optional search function lets users look up the weather with a city name or zip code, and choose their preferred units! Create stunning weather widgets with animated backgrounds, custom images or a clean and minimalist look easily with the shortcode builder. Scripts and styles are loaded conditionally to minimize HTTP requests, and Html5 caching is enabled to increase loading speed and avoid API call limits. Use as a widgetshortcode, or both!

Advanced Features

  • Dark Sky API  Weather Forecast with Ajax (1000 free calls per day)
  • Default Location or Html5 Geolocation with GeoIP Fallback (requires Google Map API Key)
  • Local Cache for 1 Hour
  • IP Detection Only avoiding user Geolocation prompt with free Maxmind GeoIP Database 
  • Fully Responsive Layout
  • CSS3 Animations and Transitions for Better Mobile Performance
  • Supports Multiple Weather Displays on the Same Page
  • Responsive Elements: Full Forecast Layout Displays Content According to Element Size
  • Optional User Search Function by city name or zip code with a choice of units (requires Google Map API Key)
  • Supports WordPress Multisite!
  • Supports Http or Https Sites 
  • Dark Sky Languages Support (39): Arabic, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Bosnian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, German, Greek, English, Spanish, Estonian, Finnish, French, Hebrew, Croatian, Hungarian, Indonesian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Georgian, Korean, Cornish, Norwegian Bokmål, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Serbian, Swedish, Tetum, Turkish, Ukrainian, Igpay Atinlay, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese. 

3 Background Styles

  • Html5 Video (.mp4, .webm, .ogg) – or – YouTube Background
  • Original – or – Custom Image Backgrounds for 7 Weather Conditions
  • Clean Minimal Background For Flat UI Design

2 Layout Modes

  • Simple Layout with Fullscreen Overlay
  • Full Forecast Layout

Easily Customisable

  • 600+ Google Fonts
  • Unlimited Background and Font Colors
  • Set Overall Font Size and/or Temperature Font Size
  • Customize Border Style
  • Optional Rounded Corners
  • Choose to Display °C | °F as Temperature Units or Simply °

Detailed Weather Info

  • Full Screen Weather Forecast with Humidity, Wind, Cloudiness, Sunrise and Sunset Data
  • 6-Day Weather Forecast with Temperature, Humidity and Cloudiness Information
  • Choice of °C or °F
  • Fully Translatable and includes all .mo and .po files

9- Custom Widget Areas for WordPress

Have you ever wanted to show different Widgets on Pages or Posts or even inside your content?

With the plugin, you can create an unlimited number of Sidebars (Custom Widget Areas) and easily configure them by adding widgets in already familiar WordPress interface. You can assign the Custom Widget Areas to any of your themes defined “widget areas”. You can even place them directly inside the content of Pages and Posts by simply using Shortcodes. We have also added support for Custom Post Types and Custom Taxonomies.

The plugin recognizes your themes default sidebars and allows you to replace them, as well as allowing you to set individual sidebars for basically any template in WordPress: Pages, Posts, Custom Post Types, Custom Taxonomies, Categories, Archives, 404 Page, Search Page, Attachment Page, Tag Page and Author Page.

List of features

  • Individual sidebars for each Page or Post
  • 7 different styles for widgets in content area
  • Easy insert widgets in content with shortcodes
  • Localization; English and Spanish
  • Set default sidebars for Front page
  • Set default sidebars for Home page
  • Set default sidebars for Category pages
  • Set default sidebars for Archive page
  • Set default sidebars for Pages
  • Set default sidebars for Single posts
  • Set default sidebars for 404 page (page not found)
  • Set default sidebar for Search page
  • Set default sidebar for Attachment page
  • Set default sidebar for Tag page
  • Set default sidebar for Author page
  • Set CSS for the Widgets in the content area of pages and posts
  • Advanced settings; Disable jQuery-UI themes if another plugin is adding the themes.
  • Enable Custom Widget Areas for Custom Post Types
  • Enable Custom Widget Areas for Custom Taxonomies
  • Support for RTL WordPress Admin (Right-to-Left)
  • Support for CWA Easy Translation Manager add-on.

10- Extended Tags Widget – WordPress Premium Plugin

An advanced widget that gives you total control over the output of your tags. The Tags widget replaces the default WordPress Tag Cloud widget. This version gives total control over the output to the user by allowing the input of all the arguments typically seen in the wp_tag_cloud() function

Key Features & options

New add post tags in the post content for current post view.
Taxonomy, will display all your taxonomy.
Title Icon, new features that enable you to use icon for the widget title
Widget Background Image, use an image for the widget background.
Style, +20 tag styles.
Link, view or edit tag.
Format, list or flat.
Order, ascending, descending or random tag.
Orderby, order the tags by name or count.
Number, total tags to display.
Largest & Smallest, the tags font size, only working without tag style.
Unit, the tags font size unit.
Include & Exclude, include or exclude one or more tags.
Separator, the separator for each tag.
Child Of & Parent
Search, display the search tag.
Name Like, display the match or partial match of tag.
Pad Count, show total post in a tag for a tag link.
Hide Empty, will hide the empty tag.
Intro & Outro Text, if you want to add additional text or HTML.
Custom Style & Script, if you want to add additional CSS style or javascript per given widget class.

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