# Widget Categories

Elementor Core Intermediate Elementor Widget Categories

Elementor widget categories are used to organize the widgets into groups. When Elementor is initialized, it registers several default categories.

Categories are only displayed in the widgets panel if they have widgets assigned to them.

External developers can create new categories and display their widgets separately, in branded categories.

# Using Widget Categories

We use widget categories when registering new Elementor widgets. By extending the \Elementor\Widget_Base class, we are inheriting the \Elementor\Widget_Base::get_categories() method which returns the general category by default.

To assign the widget to a different category, we need to override this method and return our new category the following way:



 
 
 



class Elementor_Test_Widget extends \Elementor\Widget_Base {

	public function get_categories() {
		return [ 'basic' ];
	}

}
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# Default Categories

When you select which category to assign your widget to, you can select one of the default categories:

Label Name Package Description
Basic basic Elementor Category for basic widgets
Pro pro-elements ElementorPro Category for advanced widgets
General general Elementor Category for general widgets
Site theme-elements ElementorPro Category for site & theme widgets
WooCommerce woocommerce-elements ElementorPro Category for WooCommerce widgets
{Custom} {Addons} Custom categories added by external developers
Pojo Themes pojo Pojo Themes Category for Pojo widgets
WordPress wordpress WordPress Category for WordPress widgets

Or you can register your own category.

# Creating New Categories

Elementor allows developers to add new widget categories in which to group their own custom widgets. Registering a new widget category is done using the elementor/elements/categories_registered action.

Note: When creating a new category, you need to supply the category name/slug, category title/label and the category icon.

function add_elementor_widget_categories( $elements_manager ) {

	$elements_manager->add_category(
		'first-category',
		[
			'title' => esc_html__( 'First Category', 'plugin-name' ),
			'icon' => 'fa fa-plug',
		]
	);
	$elements_manager->add_category(
		'second-category',
		[
			'title' => esc_html__( 'Second Category', 'plugin-name' ),
			'icon' => 'fa fa-plug',
		]
	);

}
add_action( 'elementor/elements/categories_registered', 'add_elementor_widget_categories' );
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