Widgets in WordPress can offer a lot in terms of engagement and information. However, not everyone wants the title of the tool to appear on the website. Some aspects such as a search field are a bit self-explanatory.
It’s one of the reasons why many developers remove widget titles from WordPress.
For one thing, it makes the site look clean. A collection of Instagram photos doesn’t really need a title calling it, «Instagram.»
In this WordPress widget plugin tutorial, I’ll show you a couple of ways to remove the title of these tools.
Leaving the Widget Blank
Perhaps the easiest method for hiding the title of a WordPress widget plugin is to simply not use one. Almost every widget has the option to label the tool for the front end user. Just leaving it blank removes the title from being displayed.
For the most part, this works with just about any widget you’ll have installed.
The only downside is that it also makes it difficult for yourself to find specific widgets on the site. This is especially true if you use custom widgets, Text or the Custom HTML widget.
Without a title, you’ll also see a blank element when looking from the back end of your site. In other words, no titles make finding certain widgets difficult.
Now if you don’t have a lot of these on your site to begin with, this isn’t all that big of a problem.
But what if you have specific custom HTML widgets set up for YouTube integration, AdSense placement and several other customized tools?
In this case, it may be easier to hide widget titles using a plugin like Widget Options.
Using the Widget Options Plugin
Widget Options is a robust plugin that gives you a variety of tools for customizing all of your sidebar tools. And it supports a range of other additions such as the Elementor Page Builder, Beaver Builder and Advanced Custom Fields.
Install and activate, «Widget Options.»
Go to Settings and click, «Widget Options.»
You’ll have an array of features for how to customize the widgets on your website. For this tutorial, I’m only focusing on the «Hide Title» option.
But you may want to spend a few moments looking over what you can do.
If at any point in the future you want to stop hiding titles but keep the rest of this plugin intact, you can click the «Disable» button. But for today, we’re going to leave it enabled.
Changing Widget Options
Now that we have the plugin installed, let’s take a look at what it does.
Attached to every widget of your site is a new feature. Here, you will find a lot of tools to fine-tune how the widget is displayed.
Let me break down some of the basics of each tab:
- WordPress Pages
From this section, you can choose to hide or show the widget on specific posts, pages, categories or tabs.
In the Devices tab, you can hide or show the widget on desktop, tablet and mobile devices.
The alignment option lets you control the positioning of the widget in the sidebar. For instance, you can set it to: default, center, left, right or justify.
- Hide Widget Title
Here is where you click the checkbox to hide the widget title on the front end of the site. However, the title will still be visible in the WordPress admin screen.
Click the «Save» button on the widget.
The back end WordPress widgets list will have their titles while removing them from the front end website.
Keep the Sidebar Clean
Widgets can do wonders for enhancing the layout of a website. Just make sure you don’t go too far with them. Some tools may slow down performance of the site or make it appear too cluttered.
What kind of widgets do you have available for users on your website? What is the most important sidebar tool you have installed in terms of visitor engagement?
Author: Michael Brockbank
Michael has been in the tech industry in some form or another since the late 1990s. He’s built a variety of websites using HTML, Joomla and WordPress. Starting his freelance writing career in 2012, he’s completed thousands of projects world-wide covering a wide scope of topics. Michael is currently the Content Marketing Team Lead. Today, he manages a team of writers to create tutorials, blog posts and support content for customers. Outside of GreenGeeks, he manages a YouTube channel that helps others learn how to become freelance writers, bloggers and overall professionals.