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 tutorial, we will show you how to easily import and export widget settings in WordPress. You can also use it as a quick way to back up widget settings for your website.
When to 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 multisite 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 in your new theme.
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 in your current theme.
That being said, let’s look at how to easily import/export widget settings in WordPress.
How to Import and Export Widget Settings in WordPress
WordPress doesn’t come with a default function to import/export widget settings. Instead, you will need to install the Widget Importer & Exporter plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.
Upon activation, you need to visit the Tools » Widget Importer & Exporter page in your WordPress admin dashboard and click on the ‘Export Widgets’ button.
The plugin will then prepare a backup export 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 must install and activate the Widget Importer & Exporter plugin first. After that, head over to the Tools » Widget Importer & Exporter page to import your WordPress 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 as active widgets.
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.
Learn More About WordPress Widgets
Want to take your WordPress widgets to the next level? Check out more guides about using WordPress widgets:
- Most Useful WordPress Widgets for Your Site
- How to Display WordPress Widgets in Columns
- How to Convert a WordPress Widget into a Block (Step by Step)
- How to Use Visual Editor to Create Widgets in WordPress
- How to Show or Hide Widgets on Specific WordPress Pages
- How to Create a Custom WordPress Widget (Step by Step)
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 our tips on improving WordPress SEO for all your websites.