Update: The Hide Widgets plugin’s functionality has now been integrated in the Widget Options plugin and future updates will be done via the Widgets Options plugin, also by phpbits.

Especially nowadays with the vast amount of WordPress page builders available it is easy to create slightly more complex pages, home pages, and even posts in WordPress. Obviously, this opens several opportunities, especially using widgets.

One could easily create different sidebars or widget areas, and use them to perfectly fill out open sections or highlight specific [content] elements in areas. Yet not always is this as effective in responsive designs and on smaller screen sizes collapsing sidebars can cause long scrolls.

Scrolls which may lead to people leaving the site because widget – or sidebar – content isn’t always optimized for mobile screens. But with a simple plugin it is easy to hide widgets on mobile devices.

Hide Widgets Plugin

The free Hide Widgets plugin, by phpbits, does exactly what it says on the tin. After installation a new widget option is available, and users can decide whether to hide widgets from mobile devices1 or from desktop screen sizes2.

If you’re curious to see the plugin at work, head over here and visit the page with different devices – or use the inspector function in your preferred together with its device mode simulator.

For the more versed designers and developers this would be easy to achieve with a bit of code, especially if they make use of CSS frameworks with responsive and adaptive features, but sometimes plugins come in handy and the Hide Widgets plugin definitely deserves to be known more than it currently is.

Update: The Hide Widgets plugin’s functionality has now been integrated in the Widget Options plugin and future updates will be done via the Widgets Options plugin, also by phpbits.

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  1. Devices with a width of 768 pixels or smaller. 
  2. Wider than 768 pixels.