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Restrict Multisite Widgets


A quick adaptation of the theme restriction code for widgets. Can only restrict on a site-wide basis, though it will only affect those sites on which it’s activated. Does not restrict super admins. Plugins must be active on the main site to be controlled by this plugin (this is an issue with WordPress’ plugin structure).

See also: Restrict Multisite Plugins


  1. Upload restrict-multisite-widgets.php to /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Network Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu OR Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu of every WordPress site you wish to restrict
  3. Select widgets to make available under the ‘Widget Restrictions’ section in the ‘Themes’ menu in the Network Admin or ‘Widgets’ section in the ‘Super Admin’ menu


Can I enable widgets only for individual sites?

No. You can as a Network Admin however activate widgets for individual sites without restrictions.

Will this plugin affect widgets already activated by site admins?

Yes. If a widget is activated by a site admin and disabled by this plugin, it will be disabled immediately.

Why doesn’t this plugin display widgets I’ve activated on a single site? / Why does this plugin display widgets I’ve activated on my main site?

Due to the way WordPress MultiSite is written, it isn’t possible for the plugin to reliably detect what widgets are available on sites other than the main site.


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Contributors & Developers

“Restrict Multisite Widgets” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Fixed bug with removing single instance widgets introduced in 1.1.3 (thanks israelwebdev)


  • Activation state check for menus to support single blog activation
  • Fixed single instance widget detection (PHP isset() quirk)
  • Moved to native single instance widget removal


  • Changed class loading to admin-only to avoid unintentional frontend restrictions (thanks dwieeb)


  • Improved support for older plugin widgets
  • Standardised capability used to ‘manage_network_themes’
  • Changed plugin class back to dynamic callbacks


  • Added support for Network Admin
  • Moved page to Network Admin -> Themes -> Widget Restrictions under WordPress 3.1 and higher
  • Changed plugin class to static callbacks


  • First public release