Found this handy little function the_widget which you may find useful at some stage.
There’s at least 2 ways to use the function which is normally the case, (1)either add the template directly to your template file or (2)include it in a custom function from your functions.php file.
Here’s the default usage for direct use in template files which includes 3 parameters.
<?php the_widget( $widget, $instance, $args ); ?>
The first parameter, $widget, should be replaced with the PHP class name of the widget.
You can grab any of the native WordPress widget classes directly from the default-widgets.php file in the WordPress core files.
<?php the_widget( 'WP_Widget_Archives', $instance, $args ); ?>
Here’s the most basic usage of the template tag:
<?php the_widget( 'WP_Widget_Archives' ); ?>
You can also use the_widget function in custom functions with hooks and conditional tags.
Here’s an example of the most basic usage in a custom function:
And here’s an example of using the same widget class with all parameters for the function the widget uses which in this case is the wp_get_archives function.
Great post as usual but I have a question.
I have been using custom menus in sidebar widgets, each page having its own sidebar menu. However, with mobile, the menu goes down below the content. If I am understanding correctly I could use WP_Nav_Menu_Widget to display a menu in the content area in the first column so it stays on top?
If so how do I choose which menu I want to display on the different pages?
Brad Dalton says
Conditional tags or custom fields if you want alot of different menus.
I think you can also rig the Genesis Simple Sidebars plugin to display in different hook positions.