the_widget( string $widget, array $instance = array(), array $args = array() )

Output an arbitrary widget as a template tag.


Description Description


Parameters Parameters

$widget

(string) (Required) The widget's PHP class name (see class-wp-widget.php).

$instance

(array) (Optional) The widget's instance settings.

Default value: array()

$args

(array) (Optional) Array of arguments to configure the display of the widget.

  • 'before_widget'
    (string) HTML content that will be prepended to the widget's HTML output. Default <div class="widget %s">, where %s is the widget's class name.
  • 'after_widget'
    (string) HTML content that will be appended to the widget's HTML output. Default </div>.
  • 'before_title'
    (string) HTML content that will be prepended to the widget's title when displayed. Default <h2 class="widgettitle">.
  • 'after_title'
    (string) HTML content that will be appended to the widget's title when displayed. Default </h2>.

Default value: array()


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Source Source

File: wp-includes/widgets.php

function the_widget( $widget, $instance = array(), $args = array() ) {
	global $wp_widget_factory;

	if ( ! isset( $wp_widget_factory->widgets[ $widget ] ) ) {
		/* translators: %s: register_widget() */
		_doing_it_wrong( __FUNCTION__, sprintf( __( 'Widgets need to be registered using %s, before they can be displayed.' ), '<code>register_widget()</code>' ), '4.9.0' );
		return;
	}

	$widget_obj = $wp_widget_factory->widgets[$widget];
	if ( ! ( $widget_obj instanceof WP_Widget ) ) {
		return;
	}

	$default_args = array(
		'before_widget' => '<div class="widget %s">',
		'after_widget'  => "</div>",
		'before_title'  => '<h2 class="widgettitle">',
		'after_title'   => '</h2>',
	);
	$args = wp_parse_args( $args, $default_args );
	$args['before_widget'] = sprintf( $args['before_widget'], $widget_obj->widget_options['classname'] );

	$instance = wp_parse_args($instance);

	/**
	 * Fires before rendering the requested widget.
	 *
	 * @since 3.0.0
	 *
	 * @param string $widget   The widget's class name.
	 * @param array  $instance The current widget instance's settings.
	 * @param array  $args     An array of the widget's sidebar arguments.
	 */
	do_action( 'the_widget', $widget, $instance, $args );

	$widget_obj->_set(-1);
	$widget_obj->widget($args, $instance);
}

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Version Description
2.8.0 Introduced.


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User Contributed Notes User Contributed Notes

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    Contributed by truongwp

    Show widget with default settings:

    the_widget( 'WP_Widget_Categories' );

    Show widget with settings:

    the_widget( 'WP_Widget_Categories', 'dropdown=1&count=1' );

    Show widget with custom arguments:

    $instance = array(
    	'dropdown' => 1,
    	'count'    => 1,
    );
    $args = array(
    	'before_widget' => '<div id="%1$s" class="widget %2$s">', 
    	'after_widget' => '</div>',
    	'before_title' => '<div class="widget-title">',
    	'after_title' => '</div>'
    );
    the_widget( 'WP_Widget_Categories', $instance, $args );
    

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