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WP Widget Disable

Disable sidebar and dashboard widgets with an easy to use interface.

This simple plugin allows you to disable any sidebar and dashboard widget for the current WordPress site you are on. It provides a simple user interface available to users with edit_theme_options capabilities (usually Administrator role) available under Appearance -> Disable Widgets. After saving the settings, the sidebar and dashboard widgets are removed from and the user can’t see those widgets anymore.

Developer? Get to know the hooks

Have a look at the filters we provide:

  • wp_widget_disable_default_sidebar_widgets - Allows you to exclude certain sidebar widgets from being disabled.
  • wp_widget_disable_default_dashboard_widgets - Allows you to exclude certain dashboard widgets from being disabled. Contributions

If you would like to contribute to this plugin, report an isse or anything like that, please note that we develop this plugin on GitHub.

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Contributors wearerequired, neverything, swissspidy
Tags admin, dashboard, dashboard widgets, disable widgets, sidebar widgets, widgets
  1. wp-widget-disable screenshot 1

    Disable the sidebar widgets you don’t need.

  2. wp-widget-disable screenshot 2

    Even disable unused dashboard widgets.

  3. wp-widget-disable screenshot 3

    The simplified widgets overview.

  4. wp-widget-disable screenshot 4

    The stripped-down dashboard.

Manual Installation

  1. Upload the entire /wp-widget-disable directory to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate WP Widget Disable through the Plugins menu in WordPress.
  3. Go to Appearance -> Disable Widgets to manage sidebar and dashboard widgets.


  • Fixed: Improved messages when saving settings.
  • Enhancement: Improved compatibility with latest versions of WordPress.
  • Enhancement: Various accessibility improvements on the settings screen.


  • Fixed: Re-added two filters to modify the available widgets.
  • Fixed: Fixed the title of the Quick Draft widget
  • Enhancement: Added compatibility with Antispam Bee.

For the complete changelog, check out our GitHub repository.

None so far. But you can ask us any time on twitter!

Version 1.7.0

Requires WordPress version: 4.0 or higher

Compatible up to: 4.7.2

Last Updated 15 Feb 2017

Date Added: 23 Apr 2015

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