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Widget Magic


Implements a set of WordPress shortcodes and theme additions that allow widget content (initially just sidebars but eventually any text) to be used in any page or post using simple shortcodes.


For a sidebar:

[show_sidebar id="<sidebar id>"]


  • id: the id or name of the sidebar to be shown.


  1. Install Widget Magic either via the plugin directory, or by uploading the files to your server. If uploading the files to your server create a widget_magic directory in your /wp-content/plugins/ directory and upload widget_magic.php into that directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.


Why Widget Magic

I needed to reuse a specific piece of content in multiple places (specifically a sidebar in a page with no sidebar). This let me do that. In general WordPress does not appear to make it trivial to reuse smaller pieces of content in multiple places.


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  • Readme changes.


  • Initial implementation.