Control and Customize Where Widgets Appear

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You can easily hide or show widgets on certain pages using the Widget Visibility module in the Jetpack by WordPress.com plugin.

For example, you could use this to show the Links widget on Pages but not Posts, or show specific widgets on a peculiar page.

Enable JetPack Plugin

To get started you first need to activate the Jetpack plugin as follows:

  1. Enable Jetpack using existing WordPress.com account
  2. Enable Jetpack by creating a new WordPress.com account

Set up Widget Visibility

1.  Go to Jetpack > Settings

Jetpack Settings page

2.  Hover your mouse over Widget Visibility.  This brings up the Activate link which you click to enable the Widget Visibility module.

Click Activate

Using Widget Visibility

A new Visibility button is added to all widgets once you have activated the Widget Visibility module.

When you go to Appearance > Widgets and edit a widget, you will see a new Visibility button.

To control where widgets appear:

1.  Click on the Visibility button.

Click on Visibility button

This opens the  Visibility panel.

The visibility panel

2.  Use the visibility panel to show or hide the widget on certain pages.

3.  Click Save at the bottom of the widget.

Click Save

About Widget Visibility

Visibility is controlled by five aspects: Category; Author; Tag; Date; and Page.

Each Visibility rule is handled separately.   It isn’t possible to display a widget on posts categorized “Homework” and tagged “Blogging”.

For example, if you only wanted the Class blog widget to appear on your post page you would choose Show from the first drop down menu and then select “Page is Post Page

Example of using visibility

If you wanted the Links widget to only appear on Category pages assigned the category Class News and Homework you would choose Show from the first drop down menu and then select “Category is Class News” and “Category is Homework“.

Showing widgets on category page

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