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How to show a widget area using a Hooked Element in Kadence

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This tutorial provides the steps to register a custom [widget_area] shortcode so it can be used anywhere shortcodes are accepted in WordPress including in Kadence Elements.

This can be used, for example, to show the widgets placed in Sidebar 2 widget area (sidebar) below the site header.

Using the shortcode:

[widget_area name="Sidebar 2"]

Simply calling the shortcode without passing the name parameter will output the widgets of Sidebar 1 widget area.

[widget_area]

Here are the names of the default widget areas that Kadence comes shipped with:

  • Sidebar 1
  • Sidebar 2
  • Footer 1
  • Footer 2
  • Footer 3
  • Footer 4
  • Footer 5
  • Footer 6

Step 1

Install and activate Code Snippets plugin.

Go to Snippets > Add New.

Title: [Shortcode] Output a widget area

Code:

add_shortcode( 'widget_area', 'custom_widget_area_shortcode' );
/**
 * Registers a shortcode to output a widget area with shortcode.
 *
 * @return string
 */
function custom_widget_area_shortcode( $atts ) {
	$atts = shortcode_atts( array( 'name' => 'Sidebar 1' ), $atts, 'widget_area' );
	
	ob_start();
		dynamic_sidebar( $atts['name'] );
	return '<div class="widget-area-wrap"><div class="site-container">' . ob_get_clean() . '</div></div>';
}

Set the snippet to run everywhere. Save changes and activate.

Step 2

Go to Appearance > Kadence > Elements and create a new element.

Add a Shortcode block and place the shortcode.

Select your desired Placement and Display Settings.

and here’s the result:

after adding this custom CSS:

.widget-area-wrap {
    padding: 60px 0;
    background-color: #eee;
}

.widget-area-wrap .widget {
    margin-bottom: 0;
}

.widget-area-wrap .site-container {
    display: flex;
    justify-content: center;
    gap: 60px;
}

.widget-area-wrap .wp-caption:last-child {
    margin-bottom: 0;
}

with these widgets inside the specified sidebar, Sidebar 2:

References

/wp-content/themes/kadence/inc/components/layout/component.php

https://gist.github.com/seothemes/2a91f9231fc4f360083c35de81635e92

https://wordpress.stackexchange.com/a/82019

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