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Custom Widget Changes
  • Hi,
    I'm wondering if this is possible. I would like to take the "recent posts" widget and customize it a bit for the main index page, but still have the option to have the regular recent posts widget available for other pages.

    Is it possible to copy the widget php code, customize it, then register it via the actions.php file in the child theme? Or is there another way of doing that?
    I would really like to just have a drag and drop widget solution, without having to change the core files everytime I upgrade.

    Thanks for the help!

  • Figured out a solution.. Just copy and paste the widget content to a functions.php file in your child theme. Hope this helps.

    This is the customized named code i used for the featured posts which I'm going to style my own way:
    * Functionality for Featured Post widget
    * @since PressWork 1.0

    class custom_PW_Featured_Posts_Widget extends WP_Widget {
    function custom_PW_Featured_Posts_Widget() {
    $widget_ops = array('classname' => 'custom_pw_featured_posts', 'description' => __('Custom Displays featured posts from one category', "presswork") );
    $this->WP_Widget('custom_pw_featured_posts', __('Custom PW - Featured Posts', "presswork"), $widget_ops);
    function widget($args, $instance) {
    extract($args, EXTR_SKIP);
    $title = empty($instance['title']) ? '' : apply_filters('widget_title', $instance['title']);
    $sticky = get_option( 'sticky_posts' );
    $par = array(
    "posts_per_page" => $instance['number'],
    "cat" => $instance['category'],
    "post__not_in" => $sticky
    echo $before_widget;
    if(!empty($title)) { echo $before_title . $title . $after_title; };
    $featuredPosts = new WP_Query();
    <?php $i = 1; ?>
    <?php while ($featuredPosts->have_posts()) : $featuredPosts->the_post(); ?>
    <article id="post-<?php the_ID(); ?>" <?php post_class('side-featured'); ?>>
    $rightcon = '';
    if(function_exists('has_post_thumbnail') && has_post_thumbnail() && (function_exists('has_post_format') && !has_post_format('gallery') && !has_post_format('video'))) {
    echo '<a href="'.get_permalink().'">';
    the_post_thumbnail('fifty', array( 'class' => 'alignleft' ));
    echo '</a>';
    $rightcon = ' class="content-col"';
    <div<?php echo $rightcon; ?>>
    <h1 class="posttitle"><a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>" title="<?php printf( esc_attr__( 'Permalink to %s', "presswork" ), the_title_attribute( 'echo=0' ) ); ?>" rel="bookmark"><?php the_title(); ?></a></h1>
    <div class="meta">
    <?php the_time(get_option('date_format')); ?>
    <?php pw_post_content(true, 15, true, true); ?>
    echo $after_widget;
    function form($instance) {
    $instance = wp_parse_args( (array) $instance, array( 'title' => 'Featured Posts', 'category' => '0', 'number' => '1' ) );
    $title = strip_tags($instance['title']);
    $category = strip_tags($instance['category']);
    $number = strip_tags($instance['number']);
    $selectname = $this->get_field_name('category');
    <p><label for="<?php echo $this->get_field_id('title'); ?>"><?php _e('Title', "presswork"); ?>: <input class="widefat" id="<?php echo $this->get_field_id('title'); ?>" name="<?php echo $this->get_field_name('title'); ?>" type="text" value="<?php echo esc_attr($title); ?>" /></label></p>
    <p><label for="<?php echo $this->get_field_id('category'); ?>"><?php _e('Category', "presswork"); ?>: <?php wp_dropdown_categories('hide_empty=0&name='.$selectname.'&selected='.$category); ?></label></p>
    <p><label for="<?php echo $this->get_field_id('number'); ?>"><?php _e('Number of Posts', "presswork"); ?>: <input class="widefat" id="<?php echo $this->get_field_id('number'); ?>" name="<?php echo $this->get_field_name('number'); ?>" type="text" value="<?php echo esc_attr($number); ?>" /></label></p>
    function update($new_instance, $old_instance) {
    $instance = $old_instance;
    $instance['title'] = strip_tags($new_instance['title']);
    $instance['category'] = strip_tags($new_instance['category']);
    $instance['number'] = strip_tags($new_instance['number']);
    return $instance;
    Post edited by seesin at 2012-04-07 10:21:04
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