Sometimes, it is extremely difficult to find out if a function already exists in WordPress or if you need to create one yourself to get it to function how you need it to. I had created a widget for my Magazine Basic 2.0 free premium theme and I needed to make sure that if it was added to a user’s sidebar, then certain functionality would occur.

I couldn’t find out how to do it so I decided to use PHP Sessions. The only problem with this is that WordPress doesn’t allow you to upload a theme to that uses Sessions. So I searched and searched and finally found what I need buried deep in the WordPress code. To check if a widget has been activated you need to use the following code.


Replace name_of_widget with the original function name of your widget. If you were using my Features Post widget then the code to check if it is activated would be: