Since the dawn of time, humankind has yearned for control. While we can’t give you more control over most of your life, we can give you more control over your widgets. And today, with the new widget visibility tool, you can configure your widgets to be shown or hidden only on certain pages.
Widgets are a way to add new content (like your Twitter stream, a tag cloud, or a link to your blog archives) in the sidebar, header, or footer of your site. To see the widgets you have available to you, log in to your WordPress.com dashboard and click on Appearance » Widgets. To add a widget, simply click on it and drag it up and over to the right of the widget screen, into the Default Sidebar, Header Area, or Footer Area section of your site. Then, to control visibility, expand the widget and click the Visibility button next to the Save button.
For example, if you wanted the Archives widget to only appear on category archives and error pages, choose “Show” from the first dropdown and then add two rules: “Page is 404 Error Page” and “Category is All Category Pages.”
You can also hide widgets based on the current page. For example, if you don’t want the Archives widget to appear on search results pages, choose “Hide” and “Page is Search results.”
Visibility is controlled by five aspects: page type, category, tag, date, and author, but each visibility rule is handled separately, so there isn’t a way, for example, to only display a widget on posts that are categorized as “Summer” and also tagged with “Picnic.”
The visibility panel is available today in every widget for every user on WordPress.com; visit Appearance » Widgets in your blog’s dashboard to take control. Or, to learn more about using widgets on your blog, check out our recent Introduction to Widgets series: Widgets 101, Widgets 201, and Widgets 301.
May 15th at 10:49 pm
Will this be rolled into Jet Pack (or better yet WordPress Core) for self-hosted blogs? Pretty please?
May 16th at 12:14 am
Some of the theme by default have side bar, do this feature allow to hide the widget and make the default appear to be full page?
May 16th at 4:42 am
This really great !
Many thanks for your efforts to keep WordPress.com so powerfull tool for us.
May 16th at 7:50 am
Thats great information!!!! Thank u so much . I moved onevof my blogs to wordpress.org only to have this feature
May 16th at 7:58 am
May 16th at 9:47 am
The visibility feature is amazing.
May 16th at 10:25 am
I’ve always been puzzled how to show different widgets on different pages.
Thank you for your finesse
May 16th at 2:09 pm
Strange I don’t have that option.
I have the last wordpress version 3.5.1 but I don’t have the visibility option.
Do you know why?
May 16th at 4:07 pm
Nice feature! Seems to work except the widget visibility based on the condition “404 Page error” does not appear to work.
May 16th at 6:43 pm
I agree adding the widgets to my site is a must have. Thanks for posting.
May 18th at 2:49 pm
Widgets are a great option. I’m currently struggling to find the correct URL to place in the ‘image’ widget. Where can I find help with this? I can see a lot of uses for this widget if I could just get it to work. It’s a pity we can’t just access it from the media library. That would be a lot ‘friendlier’. Any hope of this happening?
May 23rd at 5:24 am
Have you guys ever tired of releasing new features? This is some I never think could possibly done on free service. Thanks a lot.
May 26th at 4:58 pm
Thanks for the post, i find it very useful . Gonna go and try stuff now
May 29th at 2:25 am