WordPress Custom Widgets Plugin

The Shiba Widgets plugin allows you to assign different widgets to different posts, pages, categories, or tags. You can create different widget sets using the standard WordPress widget interface, and then assign these widget sets from a drop-down menu in your edit post, page, category or tag screens.

To retrieve your lost widgets, go into Widget Set >> Options and check the Show Lost Widgets box. When you edit widget sets, all unassigned widgets will show up at the bottom of the interface.

[Most recent Shiba Widget updates]

September 2015 – Update 2.2.1

  • Replaced WP_Widget with __construct function.
  • Fixed Shiba Author widget.
  • Updated for WordPress 4.3.

April 30th 2015 – Release 2.2

  • Properly deal with deactivated widgets in the Edit Widget Set screen.
  • Fixed Inactive Widgets area in the Edit Widget Set screen so that it works as before.
  • Updated for WordPress 4.2.

[Page header and footer images from Web Widget Girl WordPress Theme]

Key Features of the Shiba Widgets Plugin

  • Lets you assign different widget sets to posts, pages, categories, and tags.
  • For example, this page uses a 3-column header widget at the top, and a 2-column widget after the post content.

    Here is another example widget page which uses the Thematic Test widget set together with the Thematic theme. It has a multi-column header area, and a double column sidebar.

    In contrast, my blog frontpage and my regular blog pages use their own widget configurations.

  • Mobile responsive widget sets. Assign widget sets to different devices depending on screen width. In this way, we can easily customize our sidebars for phones, tablets, and desktops.
  • The Multi Column Widget allows you to turn regular sidebars into multi-column sidebars.
  • You can style your widgets by adding your own CSS classes.
  • Render widgets within a post using shortcodes. Here is a list of standard widget classes and their input attributes.
  • We can copy widget sets and quickly tweak them to suit the needs of particular posts or pages.
  • Standard WordPress core interfaces, and objects are used in this plugin to facilitate ease of use.
  • Widget sets are saved as custom post type objects, thus they can be transferred from blog to blog using the standard WordPress import/export tools. However, individual widget settings (such as the text in your Text widget) are stored by WordPress core as options. As of WordPress 3.0, these DO NOT get transferred using the standard import/export tools.

Create and Assign a Widget Set

To create a widget set, go into Widget Set >> Add New.

The interface used for creating widget sets is identical to the standard WordPress Widgets menu. The only difference is the text input box at the top that allows you to set the name of your widget. Once you are done assigning your widget instances, remember to hit the Publish or Update button to the right of the title box. This will save your widget set, and now it will be listed in the Widget Set menu.

Note – The plugin will create a Default widget set upon activation (if one does not already exist). This Default widget set will be used for all blog pages that do not have explicit widget sets assigned to them. The standard WordPress Appearance >> Widgets menu is no longer used to assign widgets.

If you want the change the widgets of your regular pages, then edit and update the Default widget set.

Once you are done creating your widgets, you can easily assign them to posts, pages, categories, or tags through a new drop-down menu in the Edit screen.

You can also hook into the plugin and specify your own widget set conditions by using the pre_shiba_get_widget filter.

add_filter('pre_shiba_get_widget', 'gallery_get_widget', 10, 2);

function gallery_get_widget($widget, $post) {
	if ($post->post_type == 'gallery')
		return 1234; // Return relevant widget set id
		return 0;	

Multi-Column Widget

The Shiba Widgets Plugin also includes a new Multi-Column Widget. This widget allows you to turn standard widget areas (or sidebars) into multi-column widget areas.

For example, this page uses the Multi-Column Widget to convert the Header and After Post areas into a 3 column and 2 column layout respectively.

To do this, simply drag and drop the Multi-Column Widget into the target widget area (sidebar) on the right of the Edit Widget Set screen.

Then, continue to add the other widgets that you want to appear in the area. Once you are done, you may set additional properties on the Multi-Column Widget to further define your layout.

In particular, you may set –

  • Number of columns – This will divide up a widget area into 2-4 columns. The default is 2.
  • Number of widgets – This specifies the number of widgets to include in our multi-column layout.
  • Height – This sets the height of the widget area (in pixels). Any overflow is hidden. If you set the height to blank or 0, the area will have variable height.

For example I have set the top widget area on this page to have 3 columns, and a height of 300 pixels.

If you want to create your own multi-column widget areas, here is a tutorial on how to do it.

We can make our multi-column widgets mobile responsive by adding something like this –

@media only screen and (max-width: 600px) {
	.multi-column-div .widget {
		width:100% !important;

Add Widget Styles

Finally, the Shiba Widgets Plugin also allows you to easily add your own widget classes. This was a great suggestion made by Andre.

All widgets now have a new input box at the bottom where you can add your own widget classes. Simply list all the classes you want as a comma separated list. For example –


Shiba Widgets Shortcode

As of version 2.0, we can now render widgets within our posts using shortcodes. For example –

[shiba-widget class="WP_Widget_Archives" title="My Yearly Archive" count="1" type="yearly" limit="5"]

More widget shortcode examples are shown here.

My Yearly Archive

Add Custom Post Types and Custom Taxonomies

We can add shiba widgets support to our own custom post types and taxonomies by using the shiba_widgets_post_types and shiba_widgets_taxonomies filters.

add_filter('shiba_widgets_taxonomies', 'my_shiba_widgets_taxonomies');

function my_shiba_widgets_taxonomies($taxonomies) {
	return array_merge($taxonomies, array('mytaxonomy'));

Other Widget Settings

1. Show Lost Widgets

Show Lost Widgets is very useful when you accidentally delete widget sets. When you delete a widget set, the individual widgets within it are not automatically deleted (unless specified in the Delete Widgets option below).

However, they are now lost because they are no longer attached to a widget set. You may retrieve your lost widgets by checking this option.

If this option is checked, then lost widgets will be shown in your Edit Widget Set screen (at the very bottom). You may then reassign or delete those lost widgets.

2. Delete Widgets in Widget Set

This option tells the plugin to delete all the individual widgets within a widget set whenever the widget set is permanently deleted.

For safety, it is best to leave this option turned off so that you may retrieve your individual widgets even if you accidentally delete your widget set.

3. Inherit Widget from Parent

Allows you to specify whether you want a child page to inherit the widget set of its parent page.

A Note About Specialized Widgets

The Shiba Widgets plugin uses the same widget editing interface as the native WordPress system. However, there are some key differences –

  • Widget editing now occurs in the post.php page because widget sets are custom post types. In the WordPress native system widget editing occurs in the widget.php page. Some specialized widgets may assume that editing still occurs in the widget.php page, and as a result not load properly under Shiba Widgets. An example is the Image Widget.
  • The multi-column and style objects may not work with specialized widgets that do not extend from the WP_Widget class. This is because both objects hook into specific functions that get called in the WP_Widget class. However, widgets that are created from scratch may not call those hooks.

    In particular, the style object does not work with Akismet. The multi-column object will not work when Akismet, or other specialized widgets are placed as the last widget. If you do not place these widgets at the end, then it will function properly.

Shiba Widgets Plugin Updates

Shiba Widgets 1.3 and above will only operate on WordPress 3.0 and above. If you are using WordPress 2.9 then please download Shiba Widgets 1.2.

Shiba Widgets 2.1.4

Jan 12th 2015

  • Updated widget.php and shiba-widgets.js to reflect changes in widget edit core files. This is necessary for the Edit Widget Set screen.
  • Tested on WordPress 4.1.

Shiba Widgets 2.1.2

April 25th 2014

  • Updated some of the Shiba Social Widget buttons.
  • Tested on WordPress 4.0.

Shiba Widgets 2.1

April 25th 2014

  • Enable multiple widget sets to be edited simultaneously.
  • Use functions for determining plugin directory and url instead of constants.
  • Added a later priority to the widget building hook so that it works with Jetpack.
  • Turned off widget customizer in theme previewer. Since the very purpose of Shiba Widgets is to enable multiple different widget configurations, it does not make much sense (and can be confusing) to do widget customization within the theme previewer. However, I am thinking about using the theme previewer interface to edit widget sets. If you have suggestions about this, please let me know.
  • Tested on WordPress 3.9.

Shiba Widgets 2.0.1

IMPORTANT: wp_get_current_user error with WordPress 3.7

Shiba Widgets 2.0 caused a wp_get_current_user error after installing WordPress 3.7. If you have the Shiba Widgets plugin installed, please update to version 2.0.1 before updating to WordPress 3.7.

If you have already updated to WordPress 3.7 and cannot get into your admin panel because of this error, then the easiest thing to do is to delete the Shiba Widgets plugin directly from your server.

Shiba Widgets 2.0

Aug 17th, 2013

  • Tested on WordPress 3.6.
  • Render widgets within a post using shortcodes.
  • Added support for custom taxonomies.
  • Updated Widget Options screen. Now uses metaboxes.
  • Added pinterest button for Shiba Social Widget.

Shiba Widgets 1.9

December 17th, 2012

  • Updated for WordPress 3.5.
  • We can now assign widget sets based on device screen width (using cookies). We can turn this functionality on or off in the Widget Set >> Options screen.

Shiba Widgets 1.8

September 5th, 2012

  • Updated for WordPress 3.4.
  • Multi column widget has been expanded. It can now be placed anywhere in a sidebar. We can specify the number of widgets to include, and even have multiple different multi column widgets in the same sidebar.
  • Expanded propagate widget options capability.
  • Quick edit for assigning widget sets is enabled for custom post type objects.
  • Themes associated with widget sets are now reflected in 3.4.
  • Turned off autosave in the Edit Widget Set screen.
  • Added is_home option.

Shiba Widgets 1.5

June 28th, 2011

  • Thumbnail image option added to WP Page Widget, WP Recent Posts Widget, WP Recent Comments Widget, and Popularity Contest Widget.
  • New widgets added:
    • Shiba Tag Cloud – Show all tags or only article tags. Choose from a set of cool tag styles.
    • Shiba Social – Add Facebook Like, Twitter, and Google+1 buttons.
    • Shiba Author – Show author description and author link.
  • Expanded existing WordPress widgets with new display options.
    • WP Recent Comments Widget – Comments are now grouped by post. Can also filter out blog author comments and set maximum comment length. Supports thumbnail images.
    • WP Archives Widget – Set what type of archives to display including a new Monthly & Yearly archive type. Set post count and number of archive links shown.
  • Easily add Shiba Widgets to new custom post types by adding ‘shiba-widgets’ to the supports attribute of the register_post_type function. Many thanks to Greg Bellucci for adding this.
  • Assign different themes to different widget sets and easily edit widget sets according to their associated themes.
  • Change wordpress themes on a page by page basis based on their assigned widget sets.
  • Include or exclude any of these new features through the Widget Set >> Options screen.

Shiba Widgets 1.4

March 7th, 2011

  • Updated for WordPress 3.1. Tested on WordPress 3.0 and 3.1.
  • Widget sets can now be assigned through Quick Edit and Bulk Edit.
  • Only published widget sets will be applied. If a widget set gets unpublished, put in the trash, or deleted, then all posts or pages assigned to it will use the Default widget set.

Shiba Widgets Patch 1.3.1

September 4th, 2010

  • Fixed the disappearing widgets bug identified by Axel. Many thanks for Axel for letting me test the plugin on his test site.
  • When you add a widget, there is a rotating wheel indicating that the widget is being created and saved. Only save your widget set after the rotating wheel has disappeared.

Shiba Widgets 1.3

August 24th, 2010

  • Widget sets are now represented as custom post types. This provides a cleaner back-end and enhances usability. However, this new release requires WordPress 3.0 and above.
  • Expanded plugin to work on WordPress multisite and network activation.
  • The Default widget set now tries to preserve your previous widget sidebar settings.
  • Added ability to assign widget sets to archive pages. Thanks to James for this great suggestion.
  • Fixed Text Widget propagate bug. Thanks to Sheryl for reporting this.

Shiba Widgets Patch 1.2.2

  • Fixed some bugs with the add_styles function.

Shiba Widgets Patch 1.2.1

  • Fixed converting old widget style data. Old widget style information from 1.0 should now automatically transfer to new releases.
  • Fixed Manage Widgets screen for WordPress 3.0.
  • Fixed PHP notices.

Shiba Widgets 1.1

  • Updated for WordPress 3.0. Plugin will now work on 2.9 and 3.0. However, multi-site support has not yet been added.
  • Copy widget sets.
  • Assign widget sets for front-page, search, file not found (404), all posts, all pages, etc.
  • Retrieve and delete lost widgets.
  • Tag and Category widget information is now stored in a metadata table. It no longer shows up in the description section.
  • Propagate text widget changes.
  • The Multi-Column Widget and Style Widget now use standard WordPress core options to store their results.

Thanks to Rob for making some of the great feature suggestions that went into this release.

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  1. Marcin says


    You shiba custom widgets plugin stooped to work on all my pages.
    I m using Shiba Wigets 1.9.1 version.

    I m not able to edit or to add any widget field on my pages.

    Im running Worpress 4.01

    But any way today on one page I downloaded the newest version of your plugin Shiba Wigdets 2.1.3 and I have the same result. No able to add widgets to the field they are not openning any more.

    If I enter widgets not using you plugin without choosing widgets set link every thing is working well.

    What shoud I do?

    best regards


    How to update your wigdet without loosing any custom widgets?

    • ShibaShake says

      Did you *install* the newest version of the plugin? Installation should not cause custom widgets to be lost. Try it out on a test site first to get a feel for how it works.

      Otherwise, you can also unzip and ftp the new files over to your server.

      • Marcin says

        I added your latest plugin version to the a new site, where I didnt install your plugin at all. I cant also make any changes on this site.

        I cant open anything. I can enter widget set link I can open it, but I cant make any changes inside the fields.

        I was working with your plugin for many months and everything was working well.

        I have the same result for every site. It doesn’t matter if I m using 1.9.1 or 2.3.1.

        • ShibaShake says

          I was working with your plugin for many months and everything was working well.

          When did things stop working – when you updated to 4.0.1? Were you using 4.0 before? Did you make any other changes in terms of themes and plugins? Do you have debugging turned on for your WP test install? Were there any error messages?

          First, i would try using a default theme (e.g. TwentyTen) with no other plugins enabled.

          I have tested editing and setting widget sets on WP 4.0 and 4.0.1, and it works fine on my installs. If you still can’t get it to work, and want me to take a look, then set up a temporary admin account for me on your *Test Site* only and send me the login info here.

          I will take a look when I can and post back here.

  2. says

    Oh my God, finally I’ve found it! I’m looking for a plugin like this about 7 months ago but can’t find it.

    I am really exited about this plugin. It match to what I want, I’ve been looking for a plugin like Shiba Widgets because I can set related articles within sidebar or even rotating related products to offer.

    Also, this could make a better user-experience because they found related information they are looking for. I knew many “related articles plugin” can do this in the bottom of the articles, but that’s not what I’m looking for.

    I want an eye catching recommendation in the side bar, Shiba Widgets & Q2W3 Fixed Widget will be the best plugin set to do this.

    Am I writing an article here? LOL

    I’m planning to re-customize my sidebar widget Now.

    Thanks for creating such a great plugin ShibaShake! Two thumbs up from me :)

  3. says

    Hi again. I know you said you’re busy with other projects, and hope you get back to WP plugins when time permits. You’ve got some good stuff here.

    I just wanted to give you a heads up on another issue our team discovered at the intersection of Shiba Widgets with widget visibility in Jetpack. You can follow the discussion here: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/e_warning-invalid-argument-supplied-for-foreach

    The takeaway is that you need to add a priority to a filter so Shiba Widgets does its thing later in the load process; otherwise, a warning gets triggered.

    Also, I recall reading some time ago about the history of why your plugins are not on the WP repo. I wish you’d reconsider not putting them there. If there’s anything we can do to facilitate that, happy to help out in any way we can. GitHub is another option, and you might get others to propose some of these minor fixes, which would benefit your users.

  4. says

    Hi there. Very nice plugin. We have a user who is using it on our WP multisite network with the domain mapping plugin. Lines 44-45 of shiba-widgets.php use the constant WP_PLUGIN_DIR. The domain mapping plugin uses the plugins_url filter (around line 652 if you’re looking) to set the plugin url to the mapped domain, but I think your use of the constant prevents that from having the desired impact. As a result, the reference to shiba-widget.css is to the subdomain/subfolder, not the mapped domain as the DM plugin intends and should be the case. See http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/plugins_url and http://codex.wordpress.org/Determining_Plugin_and_Content_Directories on avoiding using a constant like WP_PLUGIN_DIR.

    Thoughts on replacing the constant so DM can do its thing?

    • ShibaShake says

      Thanks for letting me know Bill. I will look into this for the next update. At the moment, I am really busy with other projects, so it may be a while before I return to WP programming.

  5. Chinzs says


    Was wondering if can help out.
    Installed Shiba, created a widget set, assigned to certain page but it ain’t working. The certain page eg. my account page is showing the default sidebar.

    Anyone encounter this before?

    Thank you.


        • ShibaShake says

          Did you create a widget set for twenty twelve and then specifically assign it to a post? I just tested it on my site and everything works fine on Twenty Twelve.

          1. Turn off the plugin, activate 2012, and assign widgets normally. Test to see if the sidebar appears.
          2. Turn on the plugin, create a widget set for 2012, and assign it to a particular post. Test to see if the sidebar appears.

          • says

            Dear ShibaShake

            Really thank you for your kind assistance.
            I still can’t get it work.
            I’ll get around to figure it through after i’ve done other customization to the website.

  6. says

    Hi, I now get the error message:
    Warning: Missing argument 2 for wpdb::prepare(), called in …./wp-content/plugins/shiba-widgets/shiba-widget-helper.php on line 182 and defined in …./wp-includes/wp-db.php on line 990

    I ve research in www and found a lot of news / infos regarding that message and WP 3.5. –> All of them are giving the advice to tell this to the plugin-author because of a security lack. The error itself is not a problem for the functionality of the plugin, but it seems to be one regarding the security of the db. please check this post -> http://make.wordpress.org/core/2012/12/12/php-warning-missing-argument-2-for-wpdb-prepare/

    Many thanks for this great plugin !!

    cheers Louis

    • says

      Are you using the latest version of the plugin? The wpdb::prepare() warning should be fixed in the latest version of the plugin.

      Please let me know if the problem persists.

      • Louis says

        Hi, many thanks !!! all is working fine and more: there are new options available. I used version 1.6.1 but my wordpress didn’t told me that there are updates available. With regard to all other plugins I get a message that I can / should update … don’t know why not with shiba. anyway, I updated manually and everything is fine without that error message. thank you very much for this great plugin !!
        cheers Louis

        • Louis says

          Hi, I have another issue / problem – maybe bug:

          At the moment I get mad because I have about 25 Widget Sets. Not every time, but very often I change s.th. in a text-widget in Set A, the same change is appearing in Set B and Set C. There must be a relation between some widget sets, but I don’t know which and how this is possible.
          I want to create widget sets independently from each other, the shouldn’t be connected in some way. Is there a option I was overlooking.
          Do you have an idea, what the problem could be? best regards and many thanks Louis

          • Louis says

            Ok, definitely there is a bug (maybe because shiba has just problems with some of my plugins). Every time I want, I can reproduce this bug.

            I change the content of widget 3 in widget Set A
            and without doing anything the content of widget 3 in widget Set B was changed, too.

            I didn’t marked the option or the field to “propagate settings across widget wide …” !!!
            But when I created the widget sets, I copied them and then changed the name and permalink. Maybe they are related because of that ?

            But they have different IDs ! I don’t know what else I could do. maybe I could create whole new widget sets instead of copying them, but that is much work (25 widget sets with about 20 widgets each).

          • says

            If you are editing multiple widget sets simultaneously, make sure to Publish or Update after adding new widgets. Do not add new widgets to multiple sets simultaneously, without first doing an Update.

            My guess is that the same widget (i.e. check the text widget id) has been added to each set. One way to fix this, is to put in a new text widget, and put the old text widget in the Inactive Widgets section. Don’t delete it, just put it in the Inactive section. Then save the widget set.

            It is easiest to edit widget sets singly which will avoid this issue – which has to do with how widgets are created in WordPress native. It has nothing to do with the copy operation which creates new copies of each of the widgets. Or you can use Widget Logic where there is only a single widget set, and conditionals on each widget to control where they appear.

  7. says

    I’m taking a chance that you’re still getting notifications of new comments on this thread. I was searching for a plug-in to do a specific task and I think yours might work. Here is a rundown of what I want to do and if you could please tell me if it’s possible then I’d appreciate it: I have a client that wants to feature 3 products on his home page. He doesn’t have the WordPress eCommerce site setup and manages his online store through a different site. We want to display 3 ‘featured products’ on the home page and link to them in the online store. My thought is to use your Multi-Column widget to achieve this. However, I don’t know if I can just insert it in the home page’s content section. Is there specific code for that? I see that you can add it to pages but I just want to be sure that I can do this for the home page. The client wants to be able to update the products fairly regularly so that’s why I thought a widget like this might help. It will display a thumbnail of the product, name, price and link. Thoughts?
    Thanks for your help!

    • says

      Hello David,

      The multi-column widget simply allows me to split a single widget area into multiple columns. I can insert existing widgets (e.g. recent comments, recent posts, etc.) into my multi-column widget, and it helps to lay it out properly according to certain settings, such as number of columns and maximum height.

      For featuring products/articles/links I usually use a gallery.

      Then, if I wanted to, I could place multiple galleries into a multi-column layout using the multi-column widget. In other words –

      1. The mc-widget just does multi-column layouts for existing widgets.
      2. I use a gallery to show thumbnail images, article links, and descriptions.

  8. Andre says

    This really seems like a great plugin. I am however having issues editing a widget set. I cannot drag widgets to the widget containers. Also trying to view the contents of a widget area does not work. Running WordPress 3.4.1. The normal WordPress widget editor works fine. It is only the widget sets editor that has an issue. I really do hope that I am doing something stupid!

  9. says

    Need a bit of help. I love the plugin it is my favorite and works perfect…. But In search results I get a page for each widget i create. such as example. com/?post_type=widget_set&p=1899

    with content in the page example…
    Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Etiam tempus vehicula ect…..
    I am using
    Version 1.3.4


  10. says

    I have installed the plugin and made different widget sets. But somehow the everything gets erased inside those widgets with regular intervals, and then I have to plug it all in again. It can be one day or a week – there no rythm to this. It’s just gone suddenly.

    Fx this page:


    I have alot of links in the sidebar. Suddenly they can just be gone.

    Is this a problem you have seen before and is there a fix to this?


    • says

      Hmmm, are you using text widgets to show the links? So the text disappears but the widgets are still there? The only thing I can think of is to make sure that the Propagate Settings checkbox at the bottom is not checked.

      What version of the plugin are you using?

      • says

        I have tried text and php widgets.

        The widget set i create in Shiba are still there – it’s just empty. In the particular widget set I linked to contains 4 seperate text or php sections that just disappears with regular intervals. Usually when I create a new post or do some updates on the blog.

        I use the newest wordpress version + Shiba 1.5.8

        Where is this?
        The only thing I can think of is to make sure that the Propagate Settings checkbox at the bottom is not checked

  11. says

    I must be a bit of a bloke tonight because I’ve downloaded Shiba Widgets earlier, installed it okay, then when I had a look at it all, I got confused. What to do next, duh!

    And the link to the “great video tutorial” by Kyle didn’t go anywhere, so can you give me plain-english steps to follow, to start using Shiba Widgets, please?

    Our WP theme has the usual WP widgets + the custom ones that came with the theme, & numerous sidebars for specific page templates. But after installing SW, did it look different.

    What’s the very first steps, so I can include my existing widgets — with text & html already pasted in — as a starting point?

    Thanks & really love the fem artwork, folks!

  12. says


    I downloaded your widget to use in my sidebar so that I can split my sidebar into 2 columns for some of the widgets in the sidebar. I placed the multi column widget above the 2 widgets in the sidebar which I wanted to columnise. The rest of the widgets in the sidebar above it and below it, I do not want to columnize. It did not seem to work. Do you know what could be wrong? I am using the latest wordpress version. If you check my homepage, it is the widget named recipe bowl by region and recipe bowl by meal which i want to columinize side by side. Can you give some advice please!


    • says

      Currently, the multi-column widget operates on the entire sidebar. The Multi-column widget must be placed as the first widget and it operates on all other widgets that come after it.

      Being able to columnize a certain number of specified widgets would be useful though. So I will add it to my to-do list for future work.

  13. Steve says

    Never mind with my last question. I was able to figure it out.
    Had to add the add_meta_box code for each Custom Post Type in the shiba-meta-box.php page.

    Great Plugin…thanks!


    • says

      You can also just add ‘shiba-widgets’ to the supports list when you register_post_type.

      This great feature was added by Greg Bellucci in the last plugin update.

        • says

          The post above is for adding the shiba widgets interface to custom post types.

          the custom widget I’ve setup for this does not seem to work

          Hmmm, not sure what you mean by that. Does it not appear in the Shiba widgets interface? Does it work when shiba widgets is turned off?

      • Mirco says

        Hi, thx for this great plugin!

        one question – you said: ” You can also just add ‘shiba-widgets’ to the supports list when you register_post_type. ” I don’t see “shiba widgets” in the support list. What should I do in order to have the option to add shiba widgets in the custom post field UI Advanced Options ?

        thx and cheers Mirco

        • says

          Look for the register_post_type function of the custom post type you want to add shiba widgets to. Then just include ‘shiba-widgets’ in the arguments array, for example –

          $args = array( ... ,
          		'supports' => array('title','author','thumbnail', 'comments', 'shiba-widgets' )
  14. Steve says


    This is a great Pkugin that I have used on other projects – thanks for the work you put into it.

    I am currently working on a new project that I am trying to use this plugin in tandem with the Custom Post Type IU Plugin. However, the drop down option to choose the Sidebar is not showing up in the admin post type page…

    Is there a way to have it show on the Custom Post Type Pages?


  15. says

    Can you please help me out? I have installed your plugin but I get this error:

    $instance = $widget->get_settings(); $instance = $instance[$params[1][‘number’]];

    What should I do to make it work?


    • ShibaShake says

      To properly debug the issue I would need more context.
      – What are the steps you took that caused the error. The more detail the better.
      – What is the exact error? (line number, file name, etc.)
      – What WP version are you using?
      – What other plugins are you using?
      – What theme are you using?

      As a first step, try turning off all other plugins, and switching to the twenty ten theme.

  16. Bob says

    First off I’d like to say you created an awesome plugin by making the custom widgets. I was running WP 2.9.2 and updated to 3.1 today. I of course experienced some issues with my outdated version of your plugin. I removed the old one, installed the latest. Followed the guide which explains the ‘widget sets’. Everything is back to normal luckily, although I still have one major issue. The AuthorAvatar plugin is not working anymore.. When I add it to my widget area (and specify the options of this plugin) it puts a ‘fatal error’ on my page. It also causes my footer to disappear for some reason. Now this plugin, as well as your Custom Widgets plugin, is essential for my website.. Do you maybe have any idea on how I can get this back to work?

    • ShibaShake says

      Hmmm, the most common reason is that most specialized widgets assume that widget editing occurs in the widget.php page whereas Shiba Widgets shifts editing to the post.php page. As a result, plugin files that rely on the widget.php dependency may not be loaded.

      I don’t use AuthorAvatar though so I can’t say for sure.

      • Bob says

        Sounds too difficult for me to handle. I tried some other plugins for displaying the authors which do work and dont cause issues. Problem is that they dont have all the functionality I want.. too bad.

  17. Vlad says

    Hi there,
    After installing WordPress 3.1 I can no longer manage widgets with the plug-in – the “Manage Widgets” list appears empty. I have version 1.2.1 of the Shiba Widgets plugin, also tried downloading the latest version (1.3.5), same issue. Please help.

    • ShibaShake says

      Widget Sets now use custom post types, so there should be a “Widget Set” tab on the Dashboard that lets you manage widget sets.

      I would test the plugin out on a test site first before using it in a live site.

      • Vlad says

        Version 1.4 does not see any of the existing widget sets. If I activate version 1.2.1 then older widget sets appear correctly on all pages, so they exist in the database, for some reason the plug-in is not seeing its own data. I know, this all started with WP 3.1 upgrade, so even version 1.2.1 couldn’t see its existing widget sets to manage. Is there anything can be done to convert the existing data?

        • ShibaShake says

          Version 1.2.1 stored the widget sets as taxonomy objects. However, when 3.0 came out I decided to change the widget sets to custom post type objects – which is the more appropriate representation.

          The plugin should automatically convert taxonomy objects to custom post type objects during activation.

          Do you see a Widget Set tab? What do you see when you go to the Widget Set tab? Is it totally empty? Is there a default widget set?

          • Vlad says

            Yep, the Widget Set tab is there, however it is empty, it shows an empty grid with only the footer and the header. And again, it started showing empty with version 1.2.1 / WP 3.1.

          • ShibaShake says

            If you have a test site, I can look at it and try to debug it there. During debugging I may need to change plugin code, blog settings, etc – therefore it is only appropriate on a test site. You can send account information to me at

            Otherwise if you are familiar with PHP, the taxonomy to custom post type conversion function is in shiba-widget-helper.php, and it is called convert_widget_taxonomy_terms_to_custom_post_type. The function is very simple – it retrieves all the old taxonomy widget sets and creates a corresponding custom post type object for each one.

            Another possibility, is to move the content over manually through database operations on your server. But it is probably easier to look at the conversion function.

          • Vlad says

            Thanks, I simply dumped my wordpress database to a text file and recreated all widget sets by using the old and tried cut-and-paste. Once that’s been done, everything seems to be working fine.

  18. says

    Love the plug-in. I am using it to rotate Amazon ads in my sidebar.

    One feature request.

    It would be great to be able to change the Shiba Widget for a post by using just the Quick Edit from the main posts menu. Then you could also use the bulk change function from WordPress. Otherwise, I had to go through 50+ posts and update them to assign the widget I wanted.

  19. James says

    Great plugin! I have used this on several sites already. I’m working on one that will be using a team to update the site. I was wondering if there is a way to specify or change who the original author of the widget set is? Like on a post or page you can change the author using the dropdown towards the bottom of the edit page. This way I’ll be able to allow authors to edit specific widget sets without having to worry about the others!


  20. David says

    The wordpress image widget does not work with this plugin. The page goes blank while trying to add the image. Any idea how to fix this?

    • ShibaShake says

      Hi David,

      I looked into this while doing my 3.1 update and it turns out that Image Widget does a check for the widget.php page. This occurs in the file image-widget.php.

      if (‘widget.php’ == $pagenow) …

      In Shiba Widgets, the Edit page is no longer widget.php but rather post.php since widgets are now custom post types.

      To make the Image plugin work, we must perform a different page test. Try something like this –

      if (isset($_GET['post'])) $post_id = absint($_GET['post']);
      $post = get_post($post_id);
      if (is_object($post)) $post_type = $post->post_type;
      if ( ('widget.php' == $pagenow) || ($post_type == 'widget_set') ) ...
  21. says

    Hey There-
    Just wanted to report an issue I was having and see what your thoughts are on it.
    WP: 3.0.3
    Shiba Widgets: 1.3.4

    When go to query a custom post style and gather a bit of metadata it’ll do odd things to my selected widget set for that page.

    I have a page called All Databases that is listing the posts from the post type database – this is essentially titles and urls for library databases. However, when this code is in use it messes with the widget set I’ve assigned for it and assigns an old widget set that I had previously used for it.

    If I take the code out it works fine. You can see the template here: http://pastebin.com/5T5vmMUc

    If you have a sec, I’d love some feedback.


    • ShibaShake says

      This is because shiba widgets uses the WordPress Loop global variable $wp_query to figure out which page/post we are on so that it can retrieve the relevant widget set for that particular page or post. This occurs when the first widget set is rendered.

      Since you are replacing the WordPress Loop with your own database objects before widgets are rendered, it ends up not finding a widget set. Therefore, it uses the default.

      There are three ways that come to mind to fix this –
      1. Don’t replace the WordPress loop. Use get_posts, and loop through the results using non WP-loop functions.
      2. Return your own widget set by adding the following to the start of your template –

      add_filter('pre_shiba_get_widget', 'set_widget_set', 10, 2);
      function set_widget_set($widget_id, $post) {
      	return $my_widget_set_id;

      3. I could make Shiba Widgets determine the proper widget set earlier on. I will add this to my to-do list although it may be a while before I get to it.

      No-2 is probably the easiest option.

  22. CJN says

    I uninstalled this and removed the folder from the plugins directory a few months ago when I ran into major issues during an upgrade and redesign, but it never did get completely removed (one example is the description tag is still showing [SHIBA WIDGET: ..]…(It would seem that SW was hijacking my AIOSEO settings, among other issues I was having.)

    How do I get rid of all remnants of the SW plugin once and for all?

    Thanks for your help.

    • ShibaShake says

      Dear CJN,
      SW does not try to hijack any settings in other plugins. However, it does create some database objects which is necessary to keep any kind of blog state. In particular, each widget set is a custom post type object with post_type=widget_set, so you can just remove all those objects.

      It may also create a term table to store meta data, so remove all shiba tables from your database.

  23. cory i says

    The plugin does not work with the Tabbed Widgets plugin. I NEED it to or I have to drop Shiba Widgets and dont want to. When saving the tabbed widget options there are two radio buttons for tabbed or accordion style tabs. When clicking save it reverts back to neither buttons checked. The result is the widget never shows up in the site. Others do.


    • ShibaShake says

      I can have a look at it, but I have several projects going on currently so it will be a while before I get to it. The best thing is probably to find another widgets plugin, e.g. Widget Logic.

  24. mike says

    hi. im having a weird problem with widgets that i can’t seem to control. i’ve got a site in production that is all pages thus far; i’m adding a blog now so the client can…well…blog! i use wp 3.0.1 and ata 3.5.3. i use shiba widgets to put specific widget sets on on pages and want to do the same on the blog. the site is here: http://abetheinspector.com.

    i am building the blog in the background (i have not added the blog to the menu). when i visit the blog home page, i have no widgets at all and when i click a specific post, i get sample widgets on the left that i dont want. the blog is here: http://abetheinspector.com/blog

    i’d appreciate any guidance. Thanks!

    • ShibaShake says

      Hi Mike,
      What version of Shiba Widgets are you using?

      I just checked out your links and when I click on a specific post I get – Ask Abe Inspector and Useful Links on the right.
      The blog page will use the Default widget set.

      To get a better idea of what is going on, I would need to know –
      1. What widget set is assigned to individual pages, exactly what widgets are in that widget set.
      2. What is in the Default widget set.

      If you have a test site, I can have a quick look at things. Just make me a temporary account and send the information to –

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