How To Use And Configure WordPress Widgets – Part 4

Learn how to add and configure various useful WordPress widgets on your sidebar and how to create custom sidebar widgets.

Using Widgets In WordPressIn Part One of this step-by-step tutorial, we explained how to use widgets in WordPress and in Part Two, we explained how to configure a text widget.

In Part Three, we began configuring various WordPress widgets.

In this final installment, you are going to conclude this step-by-step tutorial series by configuring a few more commonly-used sidebar widgets.

Important

In WordPress v. 4.8, WordPress introduced new media widgets covering images, audio, and video, and an updated text widget that supports visual editing

WordPress 4.8 - WordPress Widget Updates

(WordPress 4.8 introduced new widget updates)

These widgets let you add content from your media library and media stored in other servers or storage locations (e.g. Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon S3, etc.).

Let’s go through how to configure and use each of these widgets:

Rich Text Widget

From version 4.8 onward, WordPress has added native rich-text editing capabilities to text widgets …

Rich Text Widget

(Rich Text Widget)

This lets you format text, create lists, add emphasis, and insert links into your sidebar text quickly and easily …

(Format text easily with the new text widget)

To learn more about using text widgets in WordPress, see the tutorial below:

WordPress Image Widget

The WordPress Image Widget lets you add an image to your sidebar from your Media Library or an external storage location.

To add an image, drag an image widget to your active widgets area …

Image Widget

(Image Widget)

Click on ‘Add Image’ …

Let's add an image!

(Let’s add an image!)

Select an image from the Image Library, check or add image details (e.g. Caption, Alt text, Description, etc.) if desired and click the ‘Add to Widget’ button …

Select an image

(Select an image)

The image will automatically load into the widget area …

Image added to widget

(Image added to widget)

Add a Title to your image if you want, or leave the ‘Title:’ field blank and click ‘Save’ …

Save your image

(Save your image)

Preview your website and you should see the image displayed where you have placed your image widget …

Image added to website using image widget

(Image added to website using WordPress image widget)

If you want to link your image to an URL, go back to your image widget and click on ‘Edit Image’ …

Image Widget - Edit Image

(Image Widget – Edit Image)

Add a URL in the ‘Image Details’ > ‘Display Settings’ > ‘Link To’ screen and click the ‘Update’ button …

Link your image to an URL

(Link your image to an URL)

To add an image stored in an external server or remote location, locate and copy the URL of the image to your clipboard …

Copy image URL to your clipboard

(Copy image URL to your clipboard)

Go back to your image widget and click on ‘Replace Image’ …

Image Widget - Replace image

(Image Widget – Replace image)

The Media Library browser opens. Click on ‘Insert from URL’ and paste in the image URL copied to your clipboard, then click on ‘Add to Widget’  …

Add image URL

(Add image URL)

If you have previously added an image title in your widget, remember to replace it if required, then click ‘Save’ …

Save your new image

(Save your new image)

The new image will now display on your sidebar …

New image added using WordPress image widget

(New image added using WordPress image widget)

To learn more about adding images to WordPress, see this tutorial:

WordPress Video Widget

The WordPress Video Widget lets you add audio files to your sidebar from your Media Library, YouTube, Vimeo, or an external storage location.

To add a video to the sidebar, drag a Video widget to your active widgets area …

Drag a Video widget to your sidebar

(Drag a Video widget to your sidebar)

Click the ‘Add Video’ button …

Video widget - Add Video

(Video widget – Add Video)

Select a video from your media library or add a video URL and click the ‘Add to Widget’ button …

Add a video URL

(Add a video URL)

Add a title to the widget if desired and click ‘Save’ …

WordPress Video Widget - Save Button

(WordPress Video Widget – Save Button)

Your video will display on your site where the video widget has been added …

Video added using WordPress video widget

(Video added using WordPress video widget)

To learn more about adding video to WordPress, see this tutorial:

WordPress Audio Widget

The WordPress Audio Widget lets you add audio files like podcasts, music or a personal greeting to your sidebar from your media library or an external storage location.

To add an audio file to your sidebar, drag an audio widget to your active widgets area …

Add an audio widget to your sidebar

(Add an audio widget to your sidebar)

Click the ‘Add Audio’ button…

WordPress Audio Widget - Add Audio button

(WordPress Audio Widget – Add Audio button)

Select an audio file from your media library or insert the URL of an audio file stored in an external location …

Select your audio file

(Select your audio file)

Add a title to your widget if desired and click the ‘Save’ button …

Save the audio file on your audio widget

(Save the audio file on your audio widget)

Your site will now display an audio file to visitors where you have placed the audio widget …

Audio file added to your site using the WordPress Audio Widget

(Audio file added to your site using the WordPress Audio Widget)

To learn more about adding audios to WordPress, see this tutorial:

Add A Newsfeed

Let’s add a widget to the sidebar navigation section that will display RSS feeds.

To add the widget, find an RSS widget in the Available Widgets section and drag it to your sidebar area …

WordPress RSS Widget

(WordPress RSS Widget)

Enter the following information into the widget settings:

  1. RSS feed URL: Enter the RSS feed URL into this section.
  2. Feed Title: If you want to add a title to your feed, type it into this section.
  3. Items to display: Select the number of feed items you would like to display on the sidebar navigation area from this drop-down menu.
  4. Display item content: Check this box to show the item content.
  5. Display item author: Check this box if you would like to display the feed item item author.
  6. Display item date: Check this box if you want to show the RSS feed item date.

RSS Widget settings

(WordPress RSS Widget settings)

Experiment with different widget settings to find the ideal combination for you.

The example below shows an RSS widget configured using the settings shown above …

RSS Widget on blog sidebar

(WordPress RSS Widget displayed on sidebar)

The example below shows a published RSS Feed widget configured with other options selected …

RSS Widget settings

(RSS Widget settings)

To learn more about using RSS feeds in WordPress, see this tutorial:

Adding A Tag Cloud Section

Let’s now add a widget to your sidebar navigation section that will display tags.

Important Info

Tags displayed in your widget are managed in the Tags section …

WordPress Tags screen

(WordPress Tags area)

To use the widget, find a Tag Cloud widget in the Available Widgets section and drag it to your active area …

WordPress Tag Cloud Widget

(Tag Cloud Widget)

There is very little to set up here. You can add a title if you want, and choose whether to display items in the tag cloud using Tags or Categories. Click Save when done …

WordPress Tag Cloud Widget settings

(WordPress Tag Cloud Widget settings)

Your Tag cloud will now display on the sidebar …

Tag Cloud widget displaying WordPress tags

(Tag Cloud widget set to display WordPress post tags)

The example below shows the Tag Cloud widget set for showing Categories instead of Tags

Tag cloud displaying WordPress categories

(Tag Cloud widget set to display categories)

To learn more about using post tags in WordPress, see this tutorial:

How To Configure The Archives Section

To complete this tutorial, we’ll configure the Archives Widget, which is a frequently-used widget.

As you publish new posts in WordPress, your older posts begin to move further away from public view. Your posts are still there, it’s just not as visible.

The Archives Widget allows visitors to view previously published WordPress posts …

WordPress Archives Widget

(Archives Widget)

There’s really very little to set up here. You can add a title, and choose whether to display items in your sidebar as a dropdown menu, and display post counts . Click Save when done …

WordPress Archives Widget settings

(WordPress Archives Widget settings)

The screenshot below shows an Archives widget configured for showing posts as a dropdown menu with number of posts checkbox enabled …

WordPress Archives widget added to sidebar navigation section

(WordPress Archives Widget added to sidebar navigation section)

Now that you know how to configure your widgets on your WordPress site, let’s explore some other aspects of WordPress widgets.

Useful Widget Tips

Here are some additional ways to use WordPress widgets:

Add ‘Visibility’ Function To Widgets

Installing the Jetpack plugin not only adds many new widgets to your widgets area …

Jetpack Widgets

(Jetpack Widgets)

It also adds a useful ‘Visibility’ function to all WordPress widgets …

Jetpack adds 'Visibility' to all widgets

(Jetpack adds ‘Visibility’ to all widgets)

This function lets you specify whether to display or hide widgets from your sidebar based on conditions you set for a particular category, author, user. role, tag, date, or page …

Set conditions to show or hide widgets

(Set conditions to show or hide widgets)

This is a really useful function to have.

For example, you can:

  • Display a widget only on your home page or only on posts published under certain categories, tags, authors, dates, etc.
  • Configure widgets to display specific or time-sensitive announcements based on a post’s category, date, etc.
  • Configure widgets to display targeted ad banners based on a post’s category or tag.
  • Hide widgets from appearing on certain posts or pages to prevent users from being distracted (e.g. remove widgets with ads from your sales pages).
  • And more!

To learn more about using the Jetpack plugin, go here:

Overriding Default WordPress Sidebar Widgets

If you see widgets showing up on your site’s sidebar that aren’t showing up under the active sidebar in the Appearance > Widgets section, it’s because with some themes, until you add widgets to your sidebar, the theme will display its own default set of widgets.

For example, the site below shows widgets in the blog sidebar …

How To Override Default Sidebar Widgets

If you look in the Widgets section, however, you will see that no widgets have been added to the active widget areas …

How To Override Default Sidebar Widgets

The above theme is probably using default widgets.

As soon as you add one or more widgets to an available widget area, the other widgets will disappear and the widgets you want added will be used instead.

Note: If you don’t want anything to display in the sidebar, either use a theme page template without a widgets layout or just add a blank Text widget to your sidebar.

Add a blank text widget to a widget area …

Overriding Default WordPress Sidebar Widgets

And default widgets will not show in your sidebar/footer section …

Overriding Default Widgets

Widget Accessibility Mode

As we have explained earlier, with WordPress you can easily and quickly reorder how information is displayed in widgetized areas like your site’s sidebars, footers and navigation menus with only a few clicks of your mouse button, using drag-and-drop technology …

Rearrange sidebar layout using widgets to improve visitor experience

(Rearranging sidebar layout using widgets can help to improve your site’s user experience)

In the above screenshot, for example, you can see that we have rearranged the layout in the sidebar area by switching around the search and testimonial sections. This is easily done by simply dragging and dropping the widgets into different positions inside the sidebar widget area.

You can rearrange your sidebar elements with widgets to improve user experience.

If, for some reason, you find that you cannot move widgets using drag-and-drop (e.g. using a mobile device that doesn’t support dragging-and-dropping), then you can still use widgets by enabling Accessibility Mode.

Enable Widget Accessibility Mode

Enabling Accessibility Mode, via your Screen Options, allows you to use Add and Edit buttons instead of using drag & drop.

To enable Accessibility Mode, log into your WordPress admin and go to Appearance > Widgets

Widgets Menu

(Widgets Menu)

Select Screen Options on the top right hand corner of the screen …

Widgets - Screen Options

(Widgets – Screen Options)

Click link to enable accessibility mode …

Enable accessibility mode

(Turn on accessibility mode)

Once the feature has been enabled, the widgets in the Available Widgets section will display an Add link, and the widgets in the Active Widgets section will display an Edit link …

Enabling Accessibility Mode For Widgets

If you click on a Widget’s Add link in the Available Widgets section …

Enable Widget Accessibility Mode

A screen will display the selected widget with options for customizing the widget’s settings, selecting the location to add the widget, plus dropdown menus for specifying the position of the widget in the widget location (e.g. position “1”, “2”, “6”, etc.) …

Enable Accessibility Mode For Widgets

Click Save Widget to add the widget to the Active Widgets section, or the Cancel button to return to the previous screen …

Enable Widget Accessibility Mode

Click on an active widget’s Edit link …

Enabling Accessibility Mode For WordPress Widgets

A screen displays your selected widget with options for modifying its settings.

Click Save Widget to return to the Active Widgets screen, or click the Delete button to remove the widget from the Active Widgets area …

How To Enable Accessibility Mode For Widgets

Click on Disable accessibility mode in the Screen Options section to go back to using drag-and-drop …

Switch off accessibility mode

(Switch off accessibility mode)

Create Your Own Sidebar Widgets

Most of the widgets that you will use will either be installed by default when you create a new WordPress site, or be automatically added to your Available Widgets area by plugins that you install on your site.

Here is a simple way to create your own sidebar widgets:

First, create a new Post and enter the content that you want to display in your sidebar…

Create Your Own Custom Sidebar Widgets

Make sure that any images you plan to use are resized to fit the maximum width of your sidebar navigation menu. Also, keep in mind that there’s no a lot of room to put content on the sidebar, so keep your information concise.

Also, don’t worry about saving your Post – all we want is the content so we can paste it into the widget.

To get the content code, switch to the Text tab …

How To Create Your Own Sidebar Widgets

Select and copy everything to your clipboard…

How To Create Your Own Custom Sidebar Widgets

Now, go into your Widgets Area.

Add a new Text widget to your sidebar, paste the content from your clipboard into the content field and click Save

Creating Your Own Sidebar Widgets

Your new widget is now added to the sidebar navigation menu…

Create Your Own Custom Sidebar Widgets

(Create your own sidebar widgets)

Congratulations! Now you know how to use and configure the most commonly-used sidebar widgets.

Adding And Configuring WordPress Widgets In Your Site

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How To Use And Configure WordPress Widgets – Part 3

Learn how to add and configure a number of useful widgets on your WordPress sidebar.

Adding And Configuring WordPress Widgets In Your WebsiteIn Part One of this tutorial, we explained how to use WordPress widgets and in Part Two, you learned how to configure a text widget.

In this tutorial we will continue configuring other default sidebar widgets.

Adding A Post Categories Widget To The Sidebar

Now that you have configure a text widget containing a support button, let’s configure a widget for your Categories.

The Categories widget displays on the sidebar by default. All you have to do, therefore, is place this widget wherever you want your post categories to display by clicking and dragging it on the sidebar widget area …

WordPress Categories Widget

(Post Categories widget)

Useful Tip

Before adding a Categories widget to the sidebar navigation menu, we recommend first configuring your Categoriesfeature inside the dashboard …

Post Categories Screen

(Categories Screen)

Note: We plan to provide tutorials on how to configure and use WordPress categories.

Configure the Categories settings for this widget as described below:

  • In Title: type something that will make sense to visitors, for example, “Choose A Topic…” (1)
  • Check Display as dropdown if you plan to use several categories (this significantly reduces the size of your content by displaying all categories inside a drop-down menu). Leave the box unticked if you want a list of all categories to display on the sidebar navigation section. (2)
  • Leave the remaining options unchecked, or see the additional notes on configuring this widget below.
  • Click Save to update your settings …

Categories Widget settings

(Categories widget settings)

Click Visit Site or refresh your page to see how the sidebar categories will display to site visitors …

Categories widget added to sidebar navigation area

(WordPress Categories widget added to sidebar)

Tip

Tips:

  • Change the default Uncategorized post category to something more meaningful.
  • If you use nested categories on your site, you may want to check the Show hierarchy option, otherwise leave this section as is.
  • To display the number of posts published in each category on your site, tick the Show post counts check box …

Category widget options - Post Count Enabled vs Post Count Disabled

(Category widget options – Post Count Enabled vs Post Count Disabled)

Add Recent Posts To The Sidebar Section

The Recent Posts widget normally appears on your sidebar area by default. All you need to do is configure this widget.

Click on your Recent Posts title bar to configure its settings …

Recent Posts widget

(Recent Posts widget)

There is really not much to set up. You can add a title if you want, select the number of posts to display and opt to display post dates. If you’re happy with the default setting for Number of posts to show, then just leave the widget as is, otherwise change the number of posts and click Save when done …

Recent Posts widget settings

(Recent Posts WordPress widget settings)

Your most recent posts will now display to visitors on your sidebar …

Recent Posts WordPress widget displayed on sidebar

(Recent Posts widget added to sidebar navigation area)

A step-by-step tutorial is provided on creating and editing posts in WordPress here: How To Create A New WP Post

Adding A Pages Widget

Next, let’s add a widget to your sidebar menu that will link to the pages you select.

Find a Pages widget in the Available Widgets section …

WordPress Pages Widget

(WordPress Pages Widget)

Drag the Pages widget to your sidebar widget area …

Dragging and dropping a Pages widget into your sidebar

(Adding a Pages widget to your sidebar)

The Pages widget lets you configure the following settings:

  • Title: Add a title to display above your links (e.g. “Site Info“) (1)
  • Sort by: Sort how your pages display: by title (i.e. alphabetically), by page order, or page ID. (2)
  • Exclude: Hide selected pages on your sidebar area (3) …

Pages Widget settings

(Pages Widget settings)

By default, pages will be listed by title in alphabetical order. If you want to display pages using another option, then select a different method in the Sort by: drop-down menu …

Pages Widget settings - sort options

(WordPress Pages Widget settings – sorting options)

To exclude certain pages from showing in the sidebar, type in the Page Ids for all the pages you want excluded separated by commas into the Exclude field of the Pages widget …

WordPress Pages Widget settings - exclude pages

(Pages Widget settings – excluding pages)

A tutorial is provided on how to find a WordPress page ID here: How To Find WordPress Post And Page IDs

Click the Save button when done and click Close at the bottom of the widget box to minimize the widget.

Links to your pages will now appear in the sidebar …

Pages Widget on blog sidebar

(WordPress Pages Widget on sidebar)

Practical Tip

Tip: You can add multiple Pages widgets to the sidebar navigation section. This is helpful if you need to display different groups of pages on your sidebar navigation menu (e.g. “Products”, “Legal Pages” etc.)

Add A Links Widget

Now, we’ll add a widget for displaying external links on the WordPress sidebar.

Before adding the Links widget to the sidebar, you will first need to configure your Links section inside your dashboard …

WordPress Links section

(WordPress Links screen)

Note: We are currently putting together tutorials on how to use the WordPress Links feature.

To add the widget, find a Links widget in the Available Widgets section …

WordPress Links Widget

(Links Widget)

Drag the widget to your sidebar area …

Making Links Widget active

(Making Links Widget active)

The widget offers a number of configurable options, including the ability to specify what information to show about your links and how many links you want to display on your sidebar …

Links Widget Settings

(WordPress Links Widget Settings)

You can add as many separate ‘Link Widgets’ to the sidebar as you want. As you will see in a moment, this lets you create and display specific lists of links on your site …

Add Multiple WordPress Links Widgets To The Sidebar

(Add Multiple WordPress Links Widgets To Your Sidebar Navigation Menu)

You can sort links by Link title, Link rating, Link ID, or display links in Random order …

WordPress Links widget: 'Sort by:' drop-down menu

(WordPress Links widget: ‘Sort by:’ drop-down menu)

You can also create and display a list of items for a specific category, by selecting a link category from the ‘Select Link Category’ drop-down menu …

Links widget: 'Select Link Category' drop-down menu

( Links widget: ‘Select Link Category’ drop-down menu)

When you have finished configuring the Links Widget, click the Save button …

Links added to WordPress sidebar menu

(Links added to WordPress sidebar)

As the above example shows, you can display specific links to your site visitors (e.g. a list for a specific link category only), and add multiple lists of links to your sidebar navigation area.

How To Add Widgets To WordPress

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To view the rest of this tutorial, click here:

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How To Use And Configure WordPress Widgets – Part 2

Learn how to add, configure, and use text widgets on your WordPress sidebar.

How To Add Widgets To WordPressIn Part One of this tutorial, we cover the basics of using widgets in WordPress.

In this tutorial you will configure various commonly-used WordPress sidebar widgets.

How To Configure Frequently-Used WordPress Blog Sidebar Widgets

By default, your site comes with a number of pre-installed widgets, such as widgets that let you display external links, filter posts by categories, RSS feed content, filter content by publish dates, etc.

In a default WordPress installation, your site comes with a number of preinstalled widgets

(In a default WordPress installation, your site comes with a number of pre-installed widgets)

How To Set Up Widgets On The Sidebar Navigation Menu: Step-By-Step Tutorial

In this tutorial, you are going to add, configure and reorder various frequently-used WordPress widgets, including:

  • Add a Contact Us button linking to the help page.
  • Add a Categories section.
  • Adding a Recent Posts section.
  • Add a list of Pages.
  • Display useful Links on your sidebar.
  • Adding an RSS Feed section.
  • Add a list of clickable tags using a Tag Cloud section.
  • Configure how your Archived Posts display on the sidebar.

The Widgets section is located inside the WP admin area and can be easily accessed from the WordPress admin menu by choosing Appearance > Widgets

Understanding WordPress For Newbies: About WordPress Widgets

(Widgets Menu)

This loads the Widgets screen in your browser …

Widgets Section

(Widgets Panel)

Let’s begin by configuring WordPress text widgets …

Adding Text Widgets To Your Blog Sidebar

Text widgets are incredibly useful …

Text widget

(Text widget)

Important

Rich Text Widget

From version 4.8 onward, WordPress has added native rich-text editing capabilities to text widgets …

Rich Text Widget

(Rich Text Widget)

This lets you quickly and easily format text, create lists, add emphasis, and insert links into your sidebar text …

(Format text easily with the new text widget)

A text widget lets you insert just about anything you want into the sidebar navigation area or other widget sections, such as notices, videos, tips and more to your site … just type in text or insert HTML into the content area. You can also add an optional title in the Title field. Remember to save your settings …

A text widget is versatile

(Text widgets are extremely versatile!)

Example: Add A Clickable Help Button To Your Sidebar Area Using A Text Widget

For this example, we’ll set up a clickable support button on the sidebar that will take your visitors to a page on your site (or an external site, e.g. a helpdesk) where they can contact you for help and support.

First, create or source a graphic image that your visitors can click on …

Add A Clickable Help Button To Your Sidebar Navigation Menu Using A Text Widget

We’ll set up the clickable Help button to display at the top of your sidebar like in the example shown below …

Add A Clickable Support Button To Your Sidebar Navigation Menu Using A Text Widget

Step 1 – Upload your image.

To display the clickable image on your site, first you must upload the image to your server’s images folder and note the URL pointing to your server’s image location.

For example …

http://www.yourdomain.com/images/supportbutton.jpg

This information will be used in Step 3.

In order for visitors to be taken to the contact page when they click on the support button, either create a contact page, or have an existing destination page already set up (e.g. a helpdesk). We will link the button graphic to this URL in Step 3

Step 2 – Create a contact page.

Create a contact page on your site and note the page URL …

Add A Help Button To The Sidebar Menu Using A Text Widget

Step 3 – Create the code for your text widget.

If you’re not a technical-minded person, don’t worry … this sounds a lot more technical than it is. In simple terms, we just need to create the instructions linking the graphic image to the destination URL.

Your code can be typed into a simple text file and should look something like this …

Using A Text Widget To Add A Help Button To Your Sidebar Section

  • Replace “http://www.yourdomain.com/contact-us” in the code above with the URL of your contact page location.
  • Replace “http://yourimagelocation.com/img/supportbutton.jpg” in the code with the URL of your image location.

The screenshot below shows the sections of the above code that you need to replace with the actual contact details …

Using A Text Widget To Add A Clickable Help Button To Your Sidebar Navigation Section

Replace the above URLs and then copy the above code to your clipboard when finished.

If you need help with basic HTML code, refer to this tutorial:

Go back into your Widgets area …

Activate or deactivate widgets using drag and drop

(Widgets Screen)

Step 4 – Add a Text widget.

Add a Text widget to your sidebar where you want your clickable button to display.

In the Available Widgets area, find a Text widget …

WordPress text widget

(Text widget)

Drag your Text widget to your Active Widgets section and release the widget at the top of the Widget Area

Dragging and dropping your WordPress text widget

(Dragging and dropping your WordPress text widget)

Step 5 – Configure the text widget.

Click on the widget title bar to configure the widget options. Paste the code with the links to your contact page and graphic button into your text widget content area and click the save button …

Text widget

Add a heading to your widget if you want (e.g. “Need Help?”, “Get Help”, etc.) and paste the code with the correct destination links into the Content box, then click the save button …

Text widget

Info

Note: Remember to test your contact page and button image URLs before pasting scripts into the Text Widget, or the button will not work.

*** If using WordPress version pre-4.8 ***

If adding text without formatting tags, you may want to tick the Automatically add paragraphs box to wrap each block of text in paragraphs (note: not required if you’re pasting in HTML code like we’re using in the example for this tutorial).

Here is some text added to a Text widget with Automatically add paragraphs option unchecked …

Automatically add paragraphs box not ticked

(Automatically add paragraphs option not checked)

Here is some text with Automatically add paragraphs option selected …

Automatically add paragraphs option checked

(Automatically add paragraphs box selected)

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Step 6 – Refresh your web browser.

Once you have added the text widget and HTML content, visit your site and refresh the web browser. If you have entered all of the links correctly, then your clickable support button will display at the top of the sidebar menu …

Add A Clickable Support Button To Your Sidebar Navigation Menu Using A Text Widget

(Clickable button widget on sidebar)

The above screenshot shows the button in the sidebar of a brand new WordPress site.

Step 7 – Test your button.

The final step is to ensure that the destination URL works. Test this by clicking the support button. You should be taken directly to the contact page …

Test your clickable button to make sure you've set everything up correctly

(Test your clickable button to ensure you’ve set everything up correctly)

Tip

Text Widgets – Useful Tips:

If you want your support page to display inside a new browser window when visitors click on the support (so they don’t leave the page they’re on), then change the text widget code from this:

Using A Text Widget To Add A Clickable Support Button To The Sidebar Navigation Area

To this (i.e. include the section containing target=”_blank” in the code):

Add A Clickable Support Button To Your Sidebar Navigation Section Using A Text Widget - open in new window

When choosing images for your sidebar menu, make sure that the width of your image doesn’t exceed the width of the sidebar column, especially if you are using a non-responsive WordPress theme. Note that some themes may display elements differently depending on their templates and layout. Some sidebars are wide and some are narrow. If the sidebar of your theme is narrower than the width of your graphic images, then you may need to either adjust the graphic size, or the width of your sidebar column to make images display correctly on your sidebar area.

Adjust column width or reduce image size

(Make sure that the width of the image does not exceed the sidebar column width)

Additional Tips:

  • If you don’t want the image to be centered inside your sidebar, delete the <center> and </center> tags from the beginning and end of the code. The image will then align to the left.
  • You can link your contact button to any destination you like (e.g. to an external site, contact form, support forum, etc.) and change this anytime by editing the content in the text widget.

How To Use Widgets

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