Removing the Meta widget from WordPress blogs

You finally have your own self-hosted WordPress blog up and running with the custom theme that you want. One thing’s bothering you though is the Meta section on your sidebar with the Register and Login link. You’d rather remove it to save space on your sidebar but you can’t find it in the Widgets page to disable.

meta

Some custom themes doesn’t include the Meta widget but instead, it is hard-coded on the theme itself. It’s not that hard to remove it though. Here’s how:

1. Login to your admin page (http://www.yoursite.com/wp-admin).

2. Go to Design > Theme Editor

3. Select sidebar.php from the right side, under Templates.

4. On the code, you will see something like this (might slightly vary between themes):

<?php endif; ?>

<li><h2><?php _e(‘Meta’); ?></h2>
<ul>
<?php wp_register(); ?>
<li><?php wp_loginout(); ?></li>
<li><a href=”http://validator.w3.org/check/referer” title=”This page validates as XHTML 1.0 Transitional”><?php _e(‘Valid’); ?> <abbr title=”eXtensible HyperText Markup Language”>XHTML</abbr></a></li>
<li><a href=”http://gmpg.org/xfn/”><abbr title=”XHTML Friends Network”>XFN</abbr></a></li>
<li><a href=”http://wordpress.org/” title=”Powered by WordPress, state-of-the-art semantic personal publishing platform.”>WordPress</a></li>
<li><a href=”http://www.wpdesigner.com/” title=”Theme by WPDesigner”>WPDesigner</a></li>

<?php wp_meta(); ?>
</ul>
</li>

</ul>
</div>

<!– End Sidebar –>

5. All you need to do is delete starting from <li><h2><?php_e(‘Meta’);?> until the last </li>.

6. Save your changes and view your site again.

If you can’t save your changes, you need to make the file writable first. You can do it from your host’s cpanel. Or you can just edit the file from there.

That’s it! You just deleted the Meta section from your site. It’s not that important anyway and you can use that space for something more important..

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3 Responses

  1. Gem says:

    Others in blogger wanted this feature – particularly those who do not have the ugly navbar on top of the blog.

    calvin: ahh ganun ba? maybe those who don’t know the log in link. hehe. for me talaga waste of space lang sya.

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  3. Alice tan says:

    You wouldnt believe how long ive been googling for something like this. Went through 10 pages of Yahoo results and couldnt find anything. First page of bing. There this is…. Really gotta start using that more often