WordPress Widgets vs Plugins, what’s the difference?

What is the difference between plugins and widgets?

Plugins are functions that do something to your website. They could serve a back-end purpose and never be visible to you or the public. In the other hand, a widget usually is the representation of a plugin in the form of an object that can be placed somewhere on your website via the widgets interface under the appearance menu.

Widgets are always plugins, but plugins don't always have widgets. A widget usually is a pretty and easy way of using a plugin. I hope this short explanation clears some things up if you're just starting with WordPress.

20 Comments

  1. Thank you for this short but “to the point” post. You just made this day a good one because i spent some time trying to understand their functionalities.

  2. Anelly, I’m glad the post helped out. Have a good one. Thanks for the comment btw, come back whenever and leave some more.

    • Oscar,
      I understand the difference, but I'm having trouble, after uploading a plug in, getting the widget to appear in the Appearance/widgets interface. What do I have to do once I've activated the PHP widget, for example, to get it to appear in the widgets interface?

  3. Anelly, I’m glad the post helped out. Have a good one. Thanks for the comment btw, come back whenever and leave some more.

    • Oscar,
      I understand the difference, but I'm having trouble, after uploading a plug in, getting the widget to appear in the Appearance/widgets interface. What do I have to do once I've activated the PHP widget, for example, to get it to appear in the widgets interface?

  4. Hi Oscar,
    Thank you for your explaination. It was to the point and crystal clear.
    Best regards,
    BB

  5. You’re welcome BB. I checked out your site too, good stuff. Good luck! And feel free to comment throughout my site, the links in your name should help your site.

  6. You’re welcome BB. I checked out your site too, good stuff. Good luck! And feel free to comment throughout my site, the links in your name should help your site.

  7. Hi Oscar,
    Thanks, that was very well explained.
    To the point.

    Best Regards.

  8. Hi Savio, I’m glad you liked it. Nice channel too, drop by to remindme when you post new stuff and I will check it out.

  9. Thanks for the educational post. I had been searching for something related and discovered your site in the process.. I will certainly be back again for more.

  10. You sir, just saved me a lot of ridicule and badgering from my associate!

    THANK you!

  11. Thank you very much for this post.

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    Much thanks for the wonderful tutorial. I am always searching for fantastic plugins like you mentioned to suggest to my clients. Much thanks for creating this tutorial . Do you know the answer to this question: Will inactive plugins slow down WordPress? I know active plugins will slow it down, but I’m just curious if inactive plugins will? Does anybody know?

  13. Thanks for the clarification!

  14. thanks for ur explanation…

  15. Thanks! that was short and clear!

  16. Short description with clear presentation

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