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Wordpress Widget Boilerplate

688px-widget-panel Here is a Wordpress snippet to create your own Wordpress Widgets. A Widget is a piece of PHP Code which will run when it is placed inside a Sidebar. A good example of a widget is data displayed in the sidebar of a blog. Like this blog I use widgets to display the Google badge, Twitter Feed and Facebook like box. Having these as Widgets mean I can place them in multiple places of the Wordpress theme directly in the Wordpress dashboard. You can create a Wordpress widget to do anything you want, the easiest way to create a Wordpress widget is to inherit the WP_Widget class. This way you can use the inbuilt functions to update the widget, display the widget and create an admin page for the widget. Below is the boilerplate of a Wordpress widget, when you create a new widget just copy and paste the below code as a starting point for your Widget.

 * Adds Foo_Widget widget.
class Foo_Widget extends WP_Widget {

     * Register widget with WordPress.
    public function __construct() {
            'foo_widget', // Base ID
            'Foo_Widget', // Name
            array( 'description' => __( 'A Foo Widget', 'text_domain' ), ) // Args

     * Front-end display of widget.
     * @see WP_Widget::widget()
     * @param array $args     Widget arguments.
     * @param array $instance Saved values from database.
    public function widget( $args, $instance ) {
        extract( $args );
        $title = apply_filters( 'widget_title', $instance['title'] );

        echo $before_widget;
        if ( ! empty( $title ) )
            echo $before_title . $title . $after_title;
        ?>Hello, World!<?php
        echo $after_widget;

     * Sanitize widget form values as they are saved.
     * @see WP_Widget::update()
     * @param array $new_instance Values just sent to be saved.
     * @param array $old_instance Previously saved values from database.
     * @return array Updated safe values to be saved.
    public function update( $new_instance, $old_instance ) {
        $instance = array();
        $instance['title'] = strip_tags( $new_instance['title'] );

        return $instance;

     * Back-end widget form.
     * @see WP_Widget::form()
     * @param array $instance Previously saved values from database.
    public function form( $instance ) {
        if ( isset( $instance[ 'title' ] ) ) {
            $title = $instance[ 'title' ];
        else {
            $title = __( 'New title', 'text_domain' );
        <label for="<?php echo $this->get_field_id( 'title' ); ?>"><?php _e( 'Title:' ); ?></label> 
        <input class="widefat" id="<?php echo $this->get_field_id( 'title' ); ?>" name="<?php echo $this->get_field_name( 'title' ); ?>" type="text" value="<?php echo esc_attr( $title ); ?>" />

} // class Foo_Widget

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