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Dynamic Widgets


Dynamic Widgets gives you full control on which pages a widget will display. It lets you dynamically show or hide widgets on WordPress pages by setting conditional logic rules on a widget with just a few mouse clicks. No knowledge of PHP required. No fiddling around with conditional tags. You can set conditional rules by Role, Dates, Browser, Featured image, IP Address, Mobile devices, Theme Template, Language (WPML or QTranslate), URL, for the Homepage, Single Posts, Attachments, Pages, Authors, Categories, Tags, Archives, Error Page, Search Page, Custom Post Types, Custom Post Type Archives, Custom Taxonomies in Custom Post Types, Custom Taxonomies Archives, WPEC/WPSC Categories, BuddyPress Components, BuddyPress Groups, Pods pages and bbPress.

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Works or broken?

Please, vote for it. When you vote for broken, pick up some courage and tell in the Forum what is broken. I like to know, so I might be able to fix it to make the plugin also work for you.

I need your support

It is very hard to continue development and support for this plugin without contributions from users like you. If you enjoy using Dynamic Widgets and find it useful, please consider making a donation. Your donation will help encourage and support the plugin’s continued development and better user support.


Default widget display setting is supported for:

User roles
Day of week
IP ranges
Featured image
Devices (mobile, desktop)
Theme Templates
Languages (WPML)
Domain name / Server name
Front page
Single post pages
Attachment pages
Author pages
Category pages
Tag pages
Archive pages
Error Page
Search Page
Custom Post Types
Custom Post Type Archive pages
Custom Taxonomy Archive pages
WP Shopping Cart / WP E-Commerce Categories
BuddyPress Components pages
BuddyPress Groups
Pods pages
bbPress User Profile pages

Exception rules can be created for:

User roles on role, including not logged in (anonymous) users
Dates on from, to or range
Day of week on day
Weeknumer on number
Browsers on browser name
IP on ranges
Featued image on existence
Devices on type
Theme Templates on template name
Languages (WPML) on language
URL on starting with URL, ending on URL or exact match
Domain name / Server name on name
Shortcode on value match
Front page on first page
Single post pages on Author, Categories (including inheritance from hierarchical parents), Tags, Custom Taxonomies and/or Individual posts
Pages on Page Title and Custom Taxonomies, including inheritance from hierarchical parents
Author pages on Author
Category pages on Category name, including inheritance from hierarchical parents
Tag pages on Tag
Custom Posts Type on Custom Taxonomy and Custom Post Name, including inheritance from hierarchical parents
Custom Posts Type Archive pages on Custom Post Type
Custom Taxonomy Archive pages on Custom Taxonomy Name, including inheritance from hierarchical parents
WP Shopping Cart / WP E-Commerce Categories on Category name
BuddyPress Component pages on Component
BuddyPress Groups on Group, including hierarchical Groups provided by BP Group Hierarchy or Component
Pods pages on page

Plugin support for:

BuddyPress Group Hierarchy
QTranslate and it’s forks (currently disabled)
WP MultiLingual (WPML)
WP Shopping Cart / WP E-Commerce (WPSC / WPEC)

Language files provided:

Brazil Portuguese (pt_BR) by Renato Tavares
Chech (cs_CZ) by Pavel Bilek
Chinese (Simplified) (zh_CN) by Hanolex
Danish (da_DK) by Morten Nalholm
French (fr_FR) by Alexis Nomine
German (de_DE) by Daniel Bihler
Japanese (ja) by chacomv
Lithuanian (lt_LT) by Liudas Ali�auskas
Portuguese (pt_PT) by Pedro Nave
Serbo-Croatian (sr_RS) by Borisa Djuraskovic
Spanish (es_ES) by Eduardo Larequi

Release notes

This version has 1 new feature and 1 bug fixed. See the changelog for details.

Privacy Policy

Dynamic Widgets does not collect any private data, nor does it send any private data to remote servers. Please be aware that widgets might do. Dynamic Widgets does not read, write or alter contents or functionality of a widget it self, so this is beyond the scope and control of Dynamic Widgets.


Widgets overview page
Widget Options page
Widget with Dynamic Widgets info and link


Installation of this plugin is fairly easy:

Unpack dynamic-widgets.zip
Upload the whole directory and everything underneath to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
Visit the Dynamic Widgets Configuration page (settings link).
Edit the desired widgets.


For the latest FAQ, please visit the online FAQ.

What are the (system) requirements to use this plugin?

A properly working WordPress site (doh!).
Your theme must have at least one dynamic sidebar.
Your theme must call wp_head().
Minimum of PHP version 5.2.7, PHP 5.3 is highly recommended.

My hoster is (still) using PHP4

Sorry, Dynamic Widgets is not compatible with PHP4. Look for another hosting company. The one you’re having now don’t deserve your money.

I’m not sure my theme is calling `wp_head()`. Can I check?

Yes, you can. In the Dynamic Widgets Overview page, click the ‘Advanced >’ link at the bottom. You should see if wp_head() is called in your theme. It is possible Dynamic Widgets can’t detect if the theme is calling wp_head(). Please contact the author of the theme to ask for it. You can also of course just try Dynamic Widgets to see if it works.

Does the plugin work on a WordPress Network?

Yes, but only if you activate the plugin on a per site base. Network Activation is not supported.
Extra note: It seems that sometimes for some reason DW does not show up on individual sites within a WP Network without a network activation. You can use Multisite Plugin Manager to overcome this problem.

I checked the “Make exception rule available to individual posts and tags” option, but nothing happens.

Did you save the options? If you did, you may try to hit the (i) icon a bit to the right and read the text which appears below.

What do you mean with logical AND / OR?

A logical AND means that ALL rules must be met before the action takes place.
A logical OR means that when ANY rule is met, the action takes place.

According to the featurelist I should be able to use a hierarchical structure in static pages, but I don’t see it. Where is it?

You probably have more than 500 pages. Building a tree with so many pages slows down the performance of the plugin dramatically. To prevent time-out errors, the child-function has been automatically disabled. You can however raise this limit by clicking on the ‘Advanced >’ link at the bottom of the Widgets Overview page and raise the number next to the Page limit box.

The plugin slows down the loading of a page dramatically. Can you do something about it?

Try setting the plugin to the ‘OLD’ method. You can do this by clicking on the ‘Advanced >’ link at the bottom of the Widgets Overview page and check the box next to ‘Use OLD method’. See if that helps. Setting the plugin using the ‘OLD’ method comes with a downside unfortunately. It may leave you behind with a visible empty sidebar.

I want to check if the ‘OLD’ method suits me better, is there a way back if it doesn’t?

Yes! You can switch between FILTER and OLD method without any loss of widgets configuration or whatsoever.

I want in Page X the sidebar becomes empty, but instead several widgets are shown in that sidebar. Am I doing something wrong?

Your theme probably uses a ‘default display widgets policy’. When a sidebar becomes empty, the theme detects this and places widgets by default in it. The plugin can’t do anything about that. Ask the theme creator how to fix this.

I’m using WPEC 3.8 or higher and I don’t see the WPEC Categories option anymore. Where is it?

Since version 3.8, WPEC uses the by WordPress provided Custom Post Types and Custom Taxonomies. Dynamic Widgets supports Custom Post Types and Custom Taxonomies. You’ll find the WPEC Categories under the ‘Categories (Products)’ section.

You asked me to create a dump. How do I do that?

Click at the bottom of the Widgets Overview page on the ‘Advanced >’ link.
Now a button ‘Create dump’ appears a bit below.
Click that button.
Save the text file.
Remember where you saved it.

I have found a bug! Now what?

Please check the Issue Tracker first. The bug might have been reported and even maybe already fixed. When not, you can file a bugreport. Please note the procedure how to create a dump in the previous answer. After you’ve filed the report, I’ll get back to you asap.

How do I completely remove Dynamic Widgets?

Click at the bottom of the Widgets Overview page on the ‘Advanced >’ link.
Now a button ‘Uninstall’ appears a bit below.
Click that button.
Confirm you really want to uninstall the plugin. After the cleanup, the plugin is deactivated automaticly.
Remove the directory ‘dynamic-widgets’ underneath to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.


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