Some very useful plugins in WordPress are not made to allow a lot of customization and lack of options that many users need. To remedy that, GD Clever Widgets Pro plugin adds widgets to replace some of the default widgets with enhanced and more powerful versions. Current plugin version has two widgets, and more widgets are coming.
The Widgets Available
Filter posts and format them using one of the existing templates. And if you need things different, modify templates though the theme override. Some basic styling is also included.
Enhanced Text Widget allows the combination of the HTML, PHP and shortcodes in the custom text content. Make sure that functions in PHP you plan to call are loaded or you will get errors.
This is an expanded version of the default Meta widget. It allows you to select which default links will be displayed and it has a filter to expand the list of links. Links are split into list groups.
Select post types to use, adjust different visual elements, improved HTML for better styling and comes with 2 default styles. You can also set month and year to show, or use auto-detection.