Widget options play an important role in maintaining better control of the widgets. Widget Options helps to display them at proper locations on the web page. In comparison to widget logic, display widgets and widget classes, management versions are different. In the following paragraph, let’s find out they are better than the rest.
Advantages over widget logic, display widgets and widget classes
Widget option vs. widget logic
Unlike the widget options plugin, developers can add code to the widget logic through the EVAL tag. Although both are used to control the numerous apps plugin, the Widget logic is susceptible to malicious and destructible functions. In addition, the options plugin also controls the position of the sidebar elements on the website that the logic doesn’t.
Premium version of the widget option plugin is also available but it is not in case of logic widgets. You can incorporate conditions based on the post type or impose restrictions on the display of the pages.
Sometimes the logic widget might not work on the web page; therefore the developers might have to switch to the word press default theme. Logic text embedded on the widget creates problem for the users but widget option plugin is free from such problems.
Widget logic is not user friendly when compared to the widget options. In fact, people have to be expert coders to accomplish the task. The latter provides the option of drag and drop which is not available with the logic component. In addition, if the theme invokes the sidebar after the loop, the widget would malfunction and you may have to use wp_reset_query to rectify the problem.
Widget option vs. display widgets
Display widgets can only hide and show widgets on the specified pages. By adding checkboxes, you can avoid duplications but it doesn’t have the capability to provide custom alignment as the management plugin does. The former also assists in restricting the access to content on the web page. Display widget doesn’t work with all types of applications unlike the widget options plugin.
One of the most important features of the widget option is that they can be hidden or displayed according to the user’s access. For instance, some websites might not display the widgets to every user but only to the ones that belong to certain group.
Conditional tags in the widget options play a very important role in creating logic so that the functionality is improved. Based on the set of values, the visibility of the widget can be controlled directly from the codes. The same cannot be said about the display widget.
Widget option is compatible with different forms such as Ninja and Gravity. It participates in creation of the fields and configuration of the options to make the website user friendly. Display widgets are not able to work with all the forms as coding is required for theme adjustment. In short, few lines of PHP have to be introduced to make it compatible.
Widget option vs. Widget classes
Widget option has many features that you may not find in widget classes. Although the latter allows adding classes and ids to the existing component, it is not as versatile as the widget option version. Unlike the widget classes, it allows the users to display and hide the widgets not only on the computer but also on mobile phones and tablets in a seamless manner. A tab alternative is available to the users to restrict the access to the widgets according to home and archives.
Widget option contains numerous tools that help to apply the CSS styling. On the other hand, widget classes do not provide the option to the users to include custom CSS. In order to activate the feature, you might have to edit the style.css file of the application. One might be required to use another widget to have the same effect.
Customized ID can be added along with the classes to the option features. Like widget class, you can add new classes to the option version but the latter also incorporates the capability to include java script coding.
As far as the installation process is concerned, the widget options bundled can be downloaded in a simple and hassle free manner. To start with, complete directory has to be uploaded in the plugin sub directory located under the wp-content directory. Once the plugin is activated the administration page pops up on the system. In order to add classes, all you need to do is to invoke the widget option under the settings menu. The classes are included on the page by using the drag and drop facility.
if you want to install widget classes the process is length and requires extra steps on the part of the users. Initially, you may have to upload the widget code file to the directory located under the wp-content/plugin path. Thereafter, the reconfiguration of the widget is required on the part of the developers. You should access the settings menu and click on the Widget CSS class icon. Instead of adding new codes directly, you should click on the widgets option located under the appearance menu. It is a time consuming process and if you do not follow the instructions correctly, the widget may not work as desired. Separate field are available for ID and class name, thereby creating more confusion.
Other superior features
Enabling and disabling options are also present in the tool box by using the settings of the page. In addition, it also helps in creating animations on the scroll page. Neither the widget logic nor the display component has similar feature.
Page builder tool is available to the users when they are downloading the widget options. You can quickly develop the website without coding but such facilities are not available with other widgets.
Visibility of the widget options can be restricted by using dates and day parameters. Similar functionalities are absent in other types of widgets.
We conclude that widget options is cut above the rest from above comparisons. It contains numerous features that other applications do not have. Right from installation to adding classes and restrictions are pure breeze as developers do not have to add numerous lines of code.