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New WP_Widget Class In WordPress 2.8

In WordPress 2.8, there is a new WP_Widget class, which personally I like it very much as now the multi-instances of widgets is handled by WordPress, all you need to do is just to extends the WP_Widget class and overwrite 3 of the functions namely widgets(), update() and form();

Below is a sample code taken from my WP-Polls that displays Polls Widget. It is tested and it works perfectly. Hope it is useful for plugin authors.

 __('Put a poll that you have added in WP-Polls on your sidebar', 'wp-polls'));
		$this->WP_Widget('polls', __('Polls'), $widget_ops);

	// Display Widget
	function widget($args, $instance) {
		$title = esc_attr($instance['title']);
		$poll_id = intval($instance['poll_id']);
		$display_pollarchive = intval($instance['display_pollarchive']);
		echo $before_widget.$before_title.$title.$after_title;
		if($display_pollarchive) {
		echo $after_widget;

	// When Widget Control Form Is Posted
	function update($new_instance, $old_instance) {
		if (!isset($new_instance['submit'])) {
			return false;
		$instance = $old_instance;
		$instance['title'] = strip_tags($new_instance['title']);
		$instance['poll_id'] = intval($new_instance['poll_id']);
		$instance['display_pollarchive'] = intval($new_instance['display_pollarchive']);
		return $instance;

	// DIsplay Widget Control Form
	function form($instance) {
		global $wpdb;
		$instance = wp_parse_args((array) $instance, array('title' => __('Polls', 'wp-polls'), 'poll_id' => 0, 'display_pollarchive' => 1));
		$title = esc_attr($instance['title']);
		$poll_id = intval($instance['poll_id']);
		$display_pollarchive = intval($instance['display_pollarchive']);