Remove Widgets in Multi-Site

I looked in the forums and google but did not see any current discussion on how to selectively remove certain widgets from multi-site blogs.

I prefer not to install a bulky, multi-featured plugin to accomplish this one task.

Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

  • Timothy
    • Chief Pigeon

    If you would rather not install a plugin to handle it then the other options which I actually prefer sometimes is to remove code from WordPress direct. Then it never gets added in the first place and thus is quicker.

    You would need to maintain a change log which you’ll have to do on every update. I have this for my own installs where I’d much rather avoid installing plugins to undo something.

    If you’re wanting some pointers on this then you’ll need to let me know which widgets you’d rather not be there or alternatively use a plugin.

    Take care.

  • buddha
    • Syntax Hero

    Unfortunately, the plugin does not work for me and created some other conflicts. It is over 400 days old, so not surprising. Fortunately, I had cleaned up my database over the last week and Vaultpress was able to do an easy restore.

    It is too bad, because the need for this widget is obvious. There are too many unused and unnecessary widgets clogging websites, and they only serve to confuse and distract multi-site users who only want simplicity and ease of use. Which is why I like the idea behind WPMU’s Easy Blogging plugin.

    If you have time to help me remove the following widgets I would greatly appreciate it:

    bbPress Forums List

    bbPress Login Widget

    bbPress Recent Replies

    bbPress Topic Views List

    Akismet Widget



    Facebook Activity Feed

    Facebook Connect

    Facebook Facepile

    Facebook Recent Comments

    Global Product Tag Cloud

    Login Radius

    Login Radius Share



    NorthVantage Contact Form

    NorthVantage Widget Galleery


    Product Tag Cloud

    Recent Comments

    Recently Active Member Avatars



    Splog Statistics

    Tag Cloud

    Who’s Online Avatars

  • Timothy
    • Chief Pigeon

    Hey again.

    If you check out the article I linked to it goes through how to deactivate widgets like:

    function unregister_default_widgets() {
    add_action('widgets_init', 'unregister_default_widgets', 11);

    You just need to find the original ones:


    You can then just unregister them.

    Take care.

  • shawng
    • Site Builder, Child of Zeus

    I just read the code for the restrict widgets plugin and frankly I don’t see anything that needs to be changed. It’s almost brilliant in its simplicity and works perfectly so not sure what the complaint was.

    I had no problem at all in removing specific plugins from network sites including many on your list that you want to be removed.

    In the end, the plugin is simply nothing more than a ‘wrapper’ for the function that @timothy is suggesting.

    It might be worth giving it another try. Just because something is old doesn’t necessarily mean its broken.

  • shawng
    • Site Builder, Child of Zeus

    Actually, now that I think about it, there might be a little room for improvement and maybe wpmu might consider it.

    Would be nice to extend the plugin to only allow ‘pro-sites’ to use certain widgets, hiding them from non-pro sites.

    Taking it to the ‘ultimate’ step, you could even have multi-tiered groups of allowed wigets on a per group basis for pro-sites or membership……

  • shawng
    • Site Builder, Child of Zeus

    You keep mentioning a conflict, but don’t say what the conflict is. Might help with that info.

    Either way, I’ve nothing to gain by pushing a plugin I knew nothing about before yesterday. I just know that for my site it seems to work great.

    *I know what ‘might’ be confusing you…..

    If you are the network admin then you will always see the widgets, even when using this plugin. Regular site admins will only see the widgets you allow them to see with the plugin. So maybe try to login with a regular account, after setting the plugin up to only show what you want, and see if that works.

    I actually found that feature to be a huge benefit for me as I wanted to have the ability to add widgets to my own sub-sites that no one else could use and needed a nice gui

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