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Widget Importer & Exporter

Widget Importer & Exporter Plugin

Import and export widgets for sample content, backups and site moves.

Free Download

The Widget Importer & Exporter plugin for WordPress makes it easy to import and export your widgets. There are several reasons you may want to do this.

  • Your theme came with sample widgets to import
  • You want to backup your widgets
  • You want to move widgets from one website to another

We made this plugin to help users of our church WordPress themes import sample widgets specific to their theme. Now many other theme makers are using it for this purpose. Others use it to move widgets between WordPress sites and to backup their widgets. It has become one of the most popular WordPress plugins with hundreds of thousands of websites using it.

Download for free

The Widget Importer & Exporter plugin is available in the official WordPress plugin directory. It's easy to install with just a few clicks in your WordPress admin area.

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Export widgets

Go to Tools > Widget Importer & Exporter then click the "Export" button to download a .wie file containing all of your widgets and their settings. It's easy.

Import widgets

Upload a .wie file to easily import widgets from an earlier export on the same website or a diffent one — or from your theme provider (sample widgets).

Results summary

The results of your import are neatly shown in a table so you can be sure that your widgets were imported and be alerted of any issues with the import process.

Smart handling

Widgets already existing and those not supported by site are not imported. Widget not having a widget area supported by the current theme go into "Inactive Widgets".