# Widget Settings

Elementor Core Intermediate

Before the widget rendering function starts generating the final HTML output, it needs to retrieve data from the controls.

In Elementor terminology, "widget settings" are the "user data" retrieved from the widget controls.

# Retrieving JS Settings

With JS templates we don’t need to retrieve the data using a special function, it's done by Elementor for us. Data from the controls is stored in the settings variable and can be retrieved like this:

<?php
protected function content_template() {
	?>
	<h3 class="{{{ settings.class }}}">{{{ settings.title }}}</h3>
	<?php
}
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# Retrieving PHP Settings

When retrieving data saved by the user, we can either retrieve all the data from all the controls or specific data from a specific control. Data retrieval is done using get_settings_for_display() method.

Use the following to retrieve data from a single control:

<?php
protected function render() {
	?>
	<h3>
		<?php echo $this->get_settings_for_display( 'title' ); ?>
	</h3>
	<?php
}
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When retrieving data from multiple controls, we can retrieve all the data from all the controls into a single parameter:

<?php
protected function render() {
	$settings = $this->get_settings_for_display();
	?>
	<h3 class="<?php echo esc_attr( $settings['class'] ); ?>">
		<?php echo $settings['title']; ?>
	</h3>
	<?php
}
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Either way achieves the same result, however, in some cases the second method has performance benefits.