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Best WordPress Widgets for 2018

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What kinds of WordPress widgets will you need in 2018?

This post has 20 of the best WordPress widget plugins in CodeCanyon right now. With social media widgets, weather widgets, map widgets and more, there's sure to be something in this list that you need for your site.

With a mix of established plugins and trending up-and-comers, you'll want to keep your eye on these widgets in 2018.

1. Sidebar & Widget Manager for WordPress

Get more control over your layout and sidebars for your WordPress widgets with the Sidebar & Widget Manager for WordPress plugin.

Sidebar  Widget Manager for WordPress

No coding knowledge needed, and there are plenty of options, with features including:

  • WPML, WooCommerce, bbPress, and BuddyPress support
  • widget visibility, alignment, and location
  • fully responsive and grid managers
  • and more!

Whether you need to set up advanced layouts, replace your theme sidebar, or create fully widgetized pages, you'll have lots of options. Get more control over where your WordPress widgets display with Sidebar & Widget Manager for WordPress.

2. Massive Cryptocurrency Widgets

If you're looking for some cryptocurrency widgets, look no further than the Massive Cryptocurrency Widgets plugin.

With unlimited customization and lifetime support, there's hardly a better way to get cryptocurrency WordPress widgets on your website.

Massive Cryptocurrency Widgets

Features include:

  • ticker widgets
  • table widgets
  • chart widgets
  • card widgets
  • converter widgets
  • and more

Display cryptocurrency prices in real time and enjoy the great CSS3 animations and design. It's also compatible with Visual Composer.

Massive Cryptocurrency Widgets offers the best in cryptocurrency WordPress widgets.

3. JT Posts Showcase

JSquareThemes is a new and up-and-coming developer on CodeCanyon that is publishing well-designed plugins like JT Posts Showcase.

Showcase your posts in more than 40 different styles.

JT Posts Showcase

This WordPress plugin has all the basic features you need in a post showcase widget:

  • order by ID, title, date, author, random, and in both ascending and descending order
  • control the number of posts to display
  • display based on category

Best of all, the 40+ styles included in JT Posts Showcase are superbly designed.

4. Popular Posts Widget for WordPress - Go Trend

WordPress popular post plugins are not easy to come by, so the Go Trend widget is a welcome addition.

Popular Posts Widget for WordPress - Go Trend

Easily mold your popular posts widget to your liking:

  • show posts in the past day, week, year, or all time
  • custom font and color options
  • order by comments or views
  • unlimited layouts
  • and much, much more

This popular post plugin is one of the best I've seen in a long time. Popular Posts Widget for WordPress - Go Trend could very well be one of the best blogging plugins on CodeCanyon in 2018.

5. SiteCreate Documentor Plus - Powerful Table of Contents + Document Download Widget

Convert your documents into easy-to-use documentation pages within WordPress. The SiteCreate Documentor Plus widget will generate a table of contents and downloads in PDF or HTML for offline browsing.

SiteCreate Documentor Plus - Powerful Table of Contents  Document Download Widget

Features include:

  • sticky widget
  • collapsable ToC
  • HTML or PDF download
  • Google Fonts support
  • and more

This tool is flexible, easy to use, and a huge time saver.

Turn your posts and pages into downloadable, easy to navigate, and customizable widgets with the SiteCreate Documentor Plus widget.

6. Twitter Info Widget WordPress Plugin

The Twitter Info Widget WordPress plugin was included in the 10 Best WordPress Twitter Widgets for good reason.

It's a great plugin!

Twitter Info Widget WordPress Plugin

Twitter widgets have become somewhat of an abandoned market, so it's refreshing to find such a new and solid solution emerge.

It's fully responsive, customizable, and uses the Twitter API. This isn't a Twitter timeline widget. It's a Twitter info widget. It includes tweet, following, and follower account data that syncs automatically at the end of each day.

Twitter Info Widget WordPress Plugin is the perfect way to display your Twitter info.

7. JT Social Links

Almost every site is going to need some social media links. JT Social Links is a quick and easy way to add those social media icons to your widget areas.

JT Social Links

Features include:

  • 15 of the top social media websites
  • fully responsive
  • multiple styles

JT Social Links is a great social media widget to add to your WordPress toolbelt—and looks good too.

8. CryptoCalculator - WordPress Calculator for Cryptocurrencies

This plugin will calculate and convert one cryptocurrency to another as well as to dollars, euros, and more.

The CryptoCalculator is the perfect sidebar companion for WordPress-powered cryptocurrency websites.

CryptoCalculator - WordPress Calculator for Cryptocurrencies

Features include:

  • 1,300 fiat currencies and cryptocurrencies
  • use your site as an API endpoint for getting conversions from another source
  • display the calculator with an easy-to-use widget or drop it in a page with a shortcode
  • and more

The CryptoCalculator - WordPress Calculator for Cryptocurrencies plugin is a great cryptocurrency calculator that is planning even more features in the future.

9. Venta Social Media Contact Button

Integrate social media messaging with the Venta Social Media Contact Button WordPress plugin.

This lets you easily add WhatsApp, WeChat, Facebook Messenger, and Telegram to be contacted via your website.

Venta Social Media Contact Button

Features include:

  • mobile and desktop view options
  • customizable button positions, styles, animations
  • and more

Make a new connection with the Venta Social Media Contact Button WordPress widget.

10. Astero WordPress Weather Plugin

One of the most searched-for types of WordPress widget is a weather widget—and one of the most robust and weather-centric solutions is the Astero WordPress Weather Plugin. This lets you display the forecast for either a default location, or a location based on the visitor's IP. It's the perfect addition for local business and community websites.

Astero WordPress Weather Plugin

This WordPress weather plugin has just about everything you could want in a weather widget:

  • Forecast.io or Openweathermap.org service
  • fully responsive and two display modes
  • HTML5 geolocation with IP fallback
  • search by city or zip
  • 3 background types
  • and more

Weather (see what I did there?) you want to add the current temperature in the sidebar or you want to display the weekly forecast, Astero WordPress Weather Plugin will do the trick.

11. WP Weather - Widget and Visual Composer Add-Ons

WordPress widgets for the weather are great for restaurants, tourist locations, and more. The WP Weather plugin is easy to use and adds a good-looking weather widget—no matter the weather.

WP Weather - Widget and Visual Composer Add-Ons
"You can show any location's weather by using city name and the OpenWeatherMap API. WP Weather is a responsive device supported. You can use it in any WordPress theme."

Features include:

  • display five-day forecast
  • uses OpenWeatherMap API
  • five different layouts and unlimited color options
  • display city name, lows, highs, humidity, and more

The WP Weather - Widget and Visual Composer Add-Ons includes just the right amount of options and looks great, too.

12. Widget Ninja

If you love widgets are would like more control over your WordPress widgets, then you need to be a Widget Ninja. This plugin packs a powerful punch and puts you in control of your sidebars and widgets.

Widget Ninja

Features include:

  • robust sidebar logic system
  • works with any widget
  • no code editing—just drag and drop!
  • and more

The Widget Ninja has 25 conditional tags, 11 additional options, and logical operators.

There's no need for multiple sidebars when you have these kinds of ninja skills.

13. JT Event Calendar

Add a list of events to your WordPress widget area using the JT Event Calendar plugin.

This modern and fully responsive widget includes multiple styles and is easy to use.

JT Event Calendar

Select from seven different styles. Widgets can display data such as:

  • event title
  • info
  • location
  • date
  • and link

JT Event Calendar is simple, sleek, and straightforward.

14. Advanced Business Hours

Advanced Business Hours is perfect for displaying business hours on a business website. Not only is it designed well, but it includes useful features for implementation and customization.

Advanced Business Hours

It is fully responsive, customizable, and retina ready.

Other features include:

  • business hours for the current day
  • start and end business hours
  • business hours for the week
  • group consecutive days
  • and more

Adding and updating your business hours has never been this awesome and easy. Advanced Business Hours is one of the best WordPress widgets for business hours—ever.

15. Opening Time Widget

Opening Time Widget is another great way to display business hours, as it focuses more on customization over function.

Opening Time Widget

Easily design your opening times widget with the seven included designs and 700+ Google Fonts supported. Easily change the texts, fonts, and design.

Opening Time Widget is fully responsive and a welcome addition to any small business website.

16. Easy Google Places Reviews

Easily add Google Place Reviews to small business websites using a widget or shortcode with Easy Google Places Reviews.

You can also add a “write a review” button, helping to increase the number of Google Place reviews.

Easy Google Places Reviews

Features include:

  • display reviews with minimum rating
  • set the maximum number of reviews
  • choose your transition time
  • and more

Build a better business website with Easy Google Places Reviews.

17. Google Maps Widget Pro

If you want to add a Google Map to your WordPress website, use Google Maps Widget Pro.

Google Maps Widget PRO

Some features include:

  • 4 thumbnail map types and interactive map modes
  • custom pin bubbles and descriptions 
  • support for multiple pins
  • and much, much more

Embed fully customized Google Maps as a widget or shortcode.

Google Maps Widget Pro may be the only Google Maps WordPress plugin you'll ever need. Ever.

18. JT Products Showcase

Showcase your WooCommerce products in full modern and responsive fashion with JT Products Showcase.

JT Products Showcase

Widget options include:

  • display product SKU
  • display add to cart
  • display read more
  • list or grid
  • and more

JT Products Showcase is easy to use and displays your products with style.

19. Advanced Etsy Widget

If you're on Etsy then you need to have the Advanced Etsy Widget on your website. When it comes to Etsy widgets, this is one that you need to consider.

Advanced Etsy Widget
"Advanced Etsy Widget is a smart and easy to install WordPress widget that allows you to display your Etsy Shop Listings on your WordPress website."

Display your shop listing:

  • photos
  • titles
  • prices
  • and links

Advanced Etsy Widget supports caching and is super easy to set up.

20. Smart Market Widgets

If you're selling on Envato, you need to take a closer look at Smart Market Widgets.

Using the Envato API, you can display information about files available on all of the Envato Marketplaces.

Smart Market Widgets

This includes five different widgets:

  1. Featured Author
  2. Featured File
  3. Files List
  4. Search for Files
  5. Powered By API Banner

You can display both your own products as well as others, by adding a referrer to each URL.

Smart Market Widgets is a great way to connect your website with Envato Market.

Conclusion

I am the first to admit that it's easy to get into a plugin rut. While it's helpful to stick with what you know and are familiar with, there comes a point when you should consider new ways of doing things. I hope this list can help you find some better replacements for plugins you're already using, as well as helping you find some new plugins to use in future builds.

There's a great selection of WordPress widgets at Envato Market, not to mention the many WordPress code tutorialsWordPress courses, and code eBooks from Envato Tuts+ waiting for you to discover.

And if you're looking for a free WordPress theme to get started fast, we have some great ones for you to choose from!

Let us know below, what are some of your favorite new WordPress widgets you've found recently?

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