You may be looking for a replacement for Display Widgets Plugin, which has been unavailable from WordPress.org for a month now. If so, consider the plugin, Widget Options by PHPBITS Creative Studio.
As of this writing, WordPress support team has not given us any reasons why Display Widgets plugin is no longer available in the repository. However, checking the plugin’s support threads we’ve found out these alleged reasons:
Display Widgets collects website visitors’ data without their permission. Furthermore, it inserts spammy links through a hidden article it created.
According to @seo-dave, WordPress has deleted the Display Widgets Plugin because of a code in a certain display-widgets/geolocation.php file. This file connects to a site and potentially stores data from users without their consent.
@calvi_ngan shares the article with spammy links which he believes the plugin created. He wonders if there’s a bug in the Display Widgets or the author coded it to let the article slip in.
Why users look for a replacement for Display Widgets plugin
Users of Display Widgets raise issues related to the plugin’s functionality, so some of them resort to finding a good replacement. On the other hand, some stay with the last version the original author created. Everybody seems waiting for feedback from the new author. You may want to stick to that last version and wait for any updates and resolutions to the privacy and spam issues. Otherwise, you can try using Widget Options by PHPBITS Creative Studio.
Widget Options comes in free and premium (Extended Widget Options) versions. Either lets you control the visibility of widgets on any WordPress pages and specific devices. In addition, it gives you the option to disable or enable widgets and provides display widget logic. It also allows you to customise alignments, and more.
Check out active users’ reviews of Widget Options. Close to 500 has given this plugin 5-star ratings.
I hope you’ll find Widget Options as useful as Display Widgets. Sincerely, I hope that the issues will be resolved soon. It was no doubt a great and very popular plugin.