Is creating a new plugin necessary when creating a custom widget in wordpress?

I am following a tutorial on creating a custom widget and it is doing it by placing it into a new custom plugin.

My question is the next: do I actually need/ is advisable to create a custom plugin to create the custom widget?

Thank you in advance!

Solutions

You can create a widget in either a THEME or PLUGIN.

If you think there will be a need to keep the data in the widget while changing to a different theme, then it should be a plugin. If the widget is very specific to your theme, then it should stay with the theme.

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