You’ve set up a WordPress site and are ready to take advantage of the many free widgets available. Before we get started, you should first understand what a widget is. A widget is essentially a plugin that gets placed on your sidebar to make your WordPress design easy to use by you and your viewers. For you it is helpful because you can organize your blog/content management system (CMS) without having to dive into code. For your viewers, it makes viewing and navigating your blog/CMS so much easier. Here’s a deeper look at widgets and WordPress sites.
As we’ve mentioned before the beauty of WordPress is the enormous amount of free tools available. When it comes to there are tons to choose from. For example, there are calendar widgets, event widgets, about me widgets, blogroll widgets, top posts widgets and tons more. Basically anything you want to display on your sidebar there is a widget for it. Many themes come with built in widgets. You can choose to use these and organize them how you want, or you can choose to find your own to use in your WordPress design. Additionally, if you don’t see a widget you need and you’re working with a web design firm they can create a widget that is individualized to meet your WordPress design needs.
Adding A Widget to WordPress Theme
Adding a widget to a WordPress site is fairly simple. If the widget you want to add is an available widget you just need to add it to your sidebar. To do this, follow these steps:
If the widget you want to add isn’t in the Available Widgets section, you need to do a little more to add it to your design. For this you should be using WordPress.org – where you self host your blog/CMS. Some widgets will have specific directions on how to add them, if the one you want does, use the directions given. If not, here’s how to add the widget to your site:
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