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PROPER Widgets


PROPER Widgets are well-coded, functional widgets for any WordPress installation. Included in this package:

  • Article Widget: to display a title, subtitle, blurb of text, and a link to more
  • Author Widget: display users by role on your site along with meta data
  • Comments Widget: display comments on your site with a custom header feature
  • Google News Lite Widget: to display a feed of Google News links using a keyword or phrase
  • Linked Image Widget: to display an image linked to another web page
  • Links Widget: to display a list of links using the core WordPress links functionality (better implementation of the core Links widget)
  • Posts Widget: to display a list of posts (better implementation of the core Recent Posts widget)
  • RSS Widget: to display a list of links from any RSS feed (better implementation of the core RSS widget)
  • Embed widget: to display a any valid WordPress oEmbed URL
  • Built-in styling to make sure the widgets play nice with your theme
  • Ability to hide or display each of the widgets above
  • Ability to hide core widgets being replaced by this plugin

Use this plugin as-is on any site or just use the code contained here to add functionality to custom themes.

Get the absolute latest at the Github repo



Activating the Proper Widgets plugin is just like any other plugin. If you’ve uploaded the plugin package to your server already, skip to step 5 below:

  1. In your WordPress admin, go to Plugins > Add New
  2. In the Search field type “proper widgets”
  3. Under “Proper Widgets,” click the Install Now link
  4. Once the process is complete, click the Activate Plugin link
  5. Now, go to Appearance > Widgets and you’ll see the new widgets ready to be used
  6. Simply drag a widget to a widget location, configure, and save


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  • Fixed PHP notices for widget instantiation


  • Fixed issue with Posts widget in PHP 5.2


  • Added the Author widget
  • Added the Comments widget
  • Added the Embed widget
  • Added features to the Posts widget
  • Added widget template
  • Moved widget settings form to use the PhpFormBuilder class
  • Re-wrote settings page
  • Refactored all widget code (almost a complete re-write)
  • Fixed RSS title issues
  • Fixed several bugs throughout


  • Added settings page to turn widgets off and on


  • First release