How To Only Show a Widget Area If It Contains Widgets

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Are you looking for a way to only show a widget area if it contains widgets? This snippet will check whether a widget area contains any widgets or not, and only displays the widget area if it contains widgets.


  1. Replace a widget area, such as the sidebar, with the following snippet.
  2. Change the name sidebar-name in lines 1 and 3 to the name of the widget you wish to hide if it has no widgets.
<?php if( is_active_sidebar('sidebar-name') ) { ?>
  <ul class="widgets-container">
    <?php dynamic_sidebar('sidebar-name'); ?>
  </ul><!-- /widgets-container -->
<?php } ?>

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  1. The article suggests using a plugin like “Widget Options” for a user-friendly interface to manage widget visibility.

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