Do you want to import/export your widget settings in WordPress?
Widgets allow you to easily add additional features to your WordPress sidebars, footers, and other widget-ready areas. If you like the widget settings on your website, then you can save and reuse them on another WordPress site.
In this article, we’ll show you how to easily import and export widget settings in WordPress. You can also use it as a quick way to backup widget settings for your website.
Why Import / Export Widget Settings in WordPress?
There are many scenarios when you may need to preserve and save the widget settings on your WordPress website.
For instance, let’s say you run a multi-site WordPress network for your business using the same or similar theme for all sites.
For quick development, you may want to use the same widget settings across all your websites. Exporting and then importing widget settings is the quickest way to use the same widgets for all your sites.
Similarly, let’s say you are moving a WordPress site and want to save widget settings, so they can be used easily later on.
Lastly, this method also comes in handy if you want to save your widget settings as a backup when changing WordPress themes or testing different widget layouts.
That being said, let’s take a look at how to easily import/export widget settings in WordPress.
How to Import and Export Widget Settings in WordPress
Upon activation, you need to visit the Tools » Widget Importer & Exporter page and click on the ‘Export Widgets’ button.
The plugin will then prepare a backup file containing your widget settings, and they will be downloaded as a .wie file to your computer.
You can now switch back to the website where you want to import the widgets.
Again, you would need to first install and activate the Widget Importer & Exporter plugin. After that, head over to the Tools » Widget Importer & Exporter page to import your widgets.
From here, you can click on the ‘Choose File’ button to select and upload the .wie file you downloaded earlier.
Alternatively, you can click on the ‘copy and paste’ link to manually copy and paste the contents of your .wie backup file.
Once done, simply click on the ‘Import Widgets’ button to continue.
The plugin will then process your backup file data and import your WordPress widgets.
If you are using the same WordPress theme on both websites, then your widgets will automatically be imported into the correct widget areas.
However, if you are using a different theme on the import site, with no matching widget areas, then the widgets will be imported as inactive widgets.
You can then drag and drop these widgets from inactive widgets to an available widget area.
The plugin works with both block-based widgets, and the older classic widgets in WordPress.
We hope this article helped you learn how to easily import/export widget settings in WordPress. You may also want to see our list of essential WordPress plugins, and see our tips on improving WordPress security for all your websites.