Floating Widgets

The floating widgets plugin makes it easy to add a widgetized area right above or beside your main content regardless of which theme you are using. You can have full control of where and how your widgets are displayed without having to edit your theme at all.

Position of the widget area – currently floating widgets can only be injected right before the ‘content’ section of your site and can be set to ‘float’ right or left so your content wraps around them. Future versions will make it possible to dynamically add widget areas to other sections of the page.

Installation

1. Upload the ‘floating-widgets” folder to your /wp-content/plugins/ folder
2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
3. Set up your widget display settings through  Appearance -> Floating Widgets
4. Add widgets to your new Floating Widgets area at Appearance -> Widgets

33 Responses to Floating Widgets

  1. kat says:

    Hi there,
    you’ve made a really great plugin. I just have a little question – how can I separate widgets I place in a single “floating widgets’ sidebar? I mean there’s no padding between them, which makes it a bit strange – no break in between the sections. I tried to style the title somehow, but it didn’t work. I’ve already set a custom padding and margins, but they work for a whole of the sidebar, not for single widgets inside. Any ideas? Please :) I love the plugin really and I would like to make it look spotless :)
    thanks in advance!
    kat
    p.s. the website I’m talking about is here, it’s still under construction.

    • Affilisites says:

      Hi Kat,

      I see what you mean, the basic mode really only separates widgets with a simple unstyled div. I will add the option for some single widget styling (besides the title) in the next few days.
      In the meantime, if you are comfortable with coding your own HTML\CSS, you can use the advanced mode (switch on the top of the Floating Widgets settings page). This is actually the mode I recommend for anyone who knows how to use it. You are completely free to style the widget section, individual widgets and title any way you can imagine and easily use an external CSS file for better markup.

      BTW, your website didn’t show up in the comment. Please paste the URL again, I’d love to see your site.

      • kat says:

        hi agan :)
        do you have any idea at all what exactly should I put and where to get these gaps between each module of the widget? I’ve given up, nothing works :( Note that the floating widget is only on subpages. I’d appreciate any help. Thanks :)

  2. kat says:

    hi there
    Thanx for the reply :) I will style it then – I’m more comfortable with changing this and that in css than writing my own style, though, ’cause I never know for sure how to do it unless I have it given in some form (I do it all on trial and error basis, having no programming background), so I think I’ll wait ;)) So the website is 1) http://www.parampara.pl, which is my old website I will be working on soon, and http://www.parampara.pl/indie , which is based on wordpress engine.
    Or maybe you could share a sample of what I could put to the advanced settings (before widget?) to make it work? I’ll set the margins or padding myself, just please maybe give me an idea of how this should go :) sth like ? Looks too easy to me ;)

  3. kat says:

    oops some lines are missing – I wrote:

    sth like :)

  4. kat says:

    damn, it disappears… I put some code with space in between the letters, but it doesn’t wanna show up :(

  5. Yves says:

    Hi from Europe,
    Really great job from you. So I decided to use it on my website, and put the link to your page. May I request the possibility to add a picture inside the text area ? Or is it possible right now ?
    Thank you very much,
    Yves

    • Affilisites says:

      Thanks for the kind words Yves. I’m not sure I understand what you mean. Do you want to place a picture inside a text widget? That shouldn’t be something difficult to do but it is also not dependant on the plugin. The Floating Widgets plugin simply adds a new widgetized area to your blog and does not control the functionality of individual widgets. If you want to add an image to the layout of the widgetized area or to the sections that surround each widget, you can do so by using the advanced mode where you can place any code you like before and after the widget section and before and after each widget.

  6. john says:

    where’s the link to download the plugin….?

  7. Victor says:

    The floating widget shows on posts but I cannot get it to show on the home page. Is there a way to fix this?

    • Affilisites says:

      Hi Victor, at the moment the plugin only supports posts, pages and custom post types. I’m sorry but I don’t plan on adding support for displaying the widget on the homepage in the near future.

  8. Max says:

    I have selected to place this widget on pages. This widget works great! However, is there a way to only place the SMS Text widget to only my contact page using your plugin?

  9. parampara says:

    Hi,
    there seems to be a problem after upgrading to the newest version of this plugin. I had to disable it because when it was on, a single word “post” came up at the end of each post. Please help me solve this, I really loved the plugin!
    thanks
    kat

  10. Kteis says:

    Hi!

    This widget is a great idea, however, I am not able to use it, ie, it doesn’t appear in my theme at all (although it does in dashboard).
    I am using Modernist theme.

    Is there a way to fix this?

    • Affilisites says:

      Hi Kteis,

      I downloaded the Modernist theme and the plugin works perfectly with it. Please note, you won’t see the widget on your homepage, only on posts, pages or custom post types. Also, please note it will only show up if you check the checkbox near the post type on the Floating Widgets setting page under the Appearance menu.

      Hope this helps!

  11. Hi, great widget, it has really helped improve the look of the site.

    I have once issue/question.

    It seems that the widget reproduces every post on a blog page. I tried to disable it from showing on a post and I get no widget at all there even though the blog is posted to a page(disabled right now to avoid doubling).

    Anyway, I was wondering if there could be a possibility of making it category specific or something so that it only shows up once on a page?

  12. http://www.stupidityradio.com/?cat=4

    If you go to that link, you will see that the menu repeats itself for each post. I tried setting that blog up as a page rather than a category and changed the plugin to show only on pages but when I did, it quit showing. So, in order for the menu to be there on pages with the blog, I can only get it there by allowing it to repeat for every post.

    I was hoping there was a code line or something that I could modify to make it show for the first post per category only or something rather than repeat itself for each post.

    Thanks

  13. Hi, what a great idea! I’m fixing a website for my friend, http://www.whatisintuition.net. As it only has a right sidebar & she wants one on the left, your plugin sounded like a miracle! However, having uploaded and activated it, I can’t see the option to place content into it on appearance: widget page.
    Perhaps it doesnt work with her theme? Digital Farm, by WooThemes.
    Can you shed any light please? (I have very little knowledge of coding – sorry!)
    Regards,
    Allison

  14. Rose says:

    Oh my gawd, thank you so much for this plugin!! I was about to develop one myself (which would have taken forever, since I hardly know anything about php), when searched Google and found this post. Your plugin works so beautifully!! I love it, especially the transparent background. Thank you so very much!!!

  15. Tram Le says:

    Would you please check if this works for my current theme: Bizway? Apparently, I cannot make the floating display correctly. It always displays right in the content of the page, no floating per se. Please help. Thank you very much.

    • Affilisites says:

      The plugin is supposed to appear either to the left or right of the main content based on your settings. I’m not sure what you mean by being able to make the floating display correctly.

  16. Roy says:

    Is it possible to exclude the floating widget from a specific page?

    • Affilisites says:

      There is no built in way to do this. You can exclude the widgets themselves (not the widget area) from specific pages through other plugins such as Widget Logic.

  17. Paper Plane says:

    I uninstalled you widget, and the words, “Floating Widget” will not disappear from the bottom left hand corner of my pages. Need help!

    • Affilisites says:

      You can easily remove the link. In your WordPress Admin area, go to Appearance>Floating Widgets and uncheck the the Display Link checkbox under the Footer Link section.

      • Paper Plane says:

        Thanks floating widgets! You’ll have an honorable mention in my website (If you read the blog, you’ll see I’m a homeless guy, living in a car, trying to start a portal, and it’s going ok)
        Your plugin is KILLER thanks! I’ll be using it in the future, just don’t know what to use it for!

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