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.

How To Add And Configure Widgets In WordPressIn Part One of this tutorial series, we explained how to use WordPress widgets and in Part 2, we explained how to configure text widgets.

In Part Three, we began configuring various commonly-used sidebar widgets.

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

Useful Info

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 An RSS Widget To The Sidebar Menu

Now, let’s add a widget to display news items on the sidebar.

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

WordPress RSS Widget

(RSS Widget)

Enter the following information into the widget settings:

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

WordPress RSS Widget settings

(RSS Widget settings)

Experiment with different settings to find the combination that works best for you.

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

RSS Widget on blog sidebar

(RSS Widget on sidebar navigation section)

The example below shows the RSS Feed widget configured using some of the other options selected …

WordPress RSS Widget settings

(WordPress RSS Widget settings)

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

Adding A Tag Cloud To Your Blog Sidebar

Let’s now add a widget to the sidebar that displays tags.

Info

Tags appearing in the Tag Cloud widget can be found in the Tags section …

Tags area

(Tags screen)

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

WordPress Tag Cloud Widget

(WordPress Tag Cloud Widget)

There’s really very little to set up. 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 finished …

Tag Cloud Widget settings

(WordPress Tag Cloud Widget settings)

Your Tag cloud will now display on your sidebar …

Tag cloud displaying WordPress tags

(Tag cloud displaying post tags)

The screenshot below shows a published Tag Cloud widget set up to show Categories instead of Tags

Tag Cloud widget displaying post categories

(Tag Cloud widget set to display post categories)

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

How To Configure Your WordPress Archives Widget

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

As you continue publishing 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 your readers to view your previously published posts …

WordPress Archives Widget

(Archives Widget)

There’s really not much to set up in this widget. You can add a title if you want, and choose whether to display items in the Archives widget in a dropdown menu, and display the number of posts published each month . Click Save when done …

WordPress Archives Widget settings

(WordPress Archives Widget settings)

The example below shows a published Archives widget set for showing posts as a dropdown menu with number of posts checkbox enabled …

Archives widget on sidebar section

(Archives Widget on sidebar)

Now that you know how to configure a number of default sidebar widgets, let’s explore some other useful aspects of using WordPress widgets.

Useful Widget Tips

Here are some additional features worth knowing about 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:

How To Override Default WordPress Sidebar Widgets

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

For example, the site below shows some widgets in the sidebar section …

Overriding Default WordPress Sidebar Widgets

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

Overriding Default WordPress Sidebar Widgets

This theme is using default widgets.

Once you add one or more widgets to an active widget area, the placeholder widgets will disappear and the widgets you want added will be used instead.

Note: If you want no widgets to show up in the sidebar navigation area, either use a theme page template without a widgets section or just add a blank Text widget to your sidebar.

Just add a blank text widget …

Overriding Default Sidebar Widgets

And the default widgets won’t display in your sidebar/footer section …

Override Default WordPress Sidebar Widgets

Widget Accessibility Mode

As we’ve shown you in an earlier example, WordPress lets you easily reorder how content is displayed in widgetized areas of your site sidebars, footers and navigation menus with only a few clicks of your mouse, using drag-&-drop technology …

Rearranging sidebar elements with widgets can help improve visitor experience

(Reorganize sidebar elements using widgets to improve your site’s user experience)

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

Rearranging sidebar elements using widgets can improve user experience.

If, for some reason, you find that you are unable to use drag-and-drop to move widgets around (e.g. using a mobile device that doesn’t support dragging-and-dropping), you can still use widgets if you enable Accessibility Mode.

Enabling Widget Accessibility Mode

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

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

WordPress Widgets Menu

(WordPress Widgets Menu)

Click on Screen Options on the top right hand corner of your screen …

WordPress Widgets - Screen Options

(Widgets – Screen Options)

Click link to enable accessibility mode …

Turn on accessibility mode

(Switch On accessibility mode)

Once accessibility mode has been enabled, the widgets in the Available Widgets and the Active Widgets sections, widgets will display an Add and Edit links respectively …

Enabling Accessibility Mode For Widgets

Click on a Widget’s Add link in the Available Widgets section …

Enabling Widget Accessibility Mode

A screen displays the selected widget with options for customizing the widget’s settings, selecting a widget location, with dropdown menus that let you specify the position of the widget in your widget location (e.g. position “1”, “2”, “4”, etc.) …

Enable Accessibility Mode For Widgets

Click Save Widget to add the widget to the Active Widgets section, or click the Cancel button to go back to your previous screen …

How To Enable Widget Accessibility Mode

Click on an active widget’s Edit link …

Enabling Widget Accessibility Mode

A screen displays your selected widget with options for editing the widget’s settings.

Click Save Widget to update your settings and go back to the Active Widgets section, or click the Delete button to remove the widget from the Active Widgets section …

Enabling Widget Accessibility Mode

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

Switch off accessibility mode

(Disable accessibility mode)

Create Your Own Sidebar Widgets

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

If you want to create a sidebar widget, then here is a simple and easy way:

First, create a new Post and enter the content that you want to add to the sidebar area…

Create Your Own Sidebar Widgets

Ensure that any images you plan to use are resized to fit the maximum width of your sidebar. Also, keep in mind that you don’t have a lot of room to put content on the sidebar, so try and keep your information concise.

Also, don’t worry about publishing your Post – all we are really looking for is to copy the content to be pasted into the custom sidebar widget.

Once you have written your content in the WordPress editor, switch to the Text tab …

Creating Your Own Sidebar Widgets

Select and copy everything to your clipboard…

Creating Your Own Sidebar Widgets

Next, 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 Custom Sidebar Widgets

Your new custom widget will be added to your sidebar navigation menu…

Create Your Own Custom Sidebar Widgets

(Create your own custom sidebar widgets)

Congratulations! Now you know how to use and configure WordPress sidebar widgets.

How To Add And Configure WordPress Widgets In Your Sidebar

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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.

Using Widgets In WordPressIn Part One of this tutorial, we explained how to use widgets in WordPress and in Part 2, we explained how to configure text widgets.

In this section you are going to learn how to configure other WordPress widgets.

How To Add A Post Categories Section To The Blog Sidebar

Now that you have configure a text widget containing a clickable help button, let’s configure a widget to display Post Categories.

By default, the Categories widget displays on the sidebar. Place this widget wherever you want your categories to display by clicking and dragging it on the sidebar widget area …

WordPress Categories Widget

(Categories widget)

Practical Tip

Before adding a Categories widget to the sidebar menu, we recommend configuring your categories first …

Categories

(WordPress Categories)

Note: Using WordPress categories will be explained in other tutorials.

Configure the Categories settings for your widget as described below:

  • In Title: type something that visitors will understand, like “Choose A Topic…” (1)
  • If you plan to add many categories, check Display as dropdown (this significantly reduces the length of the content by displaying all categories in a drop-down menu). Leave the box unticked if you want a list of all categories to display on your sidebar navigation menu. (2)
  • You can leave the default settings for the remaining options, or see the additional notes on configuring this widget below.
  • Click Save to update your settings …

WordPress Categories Widget settings

(Configuring a WordPress Categories widget)

Load the site in your web browser or reload your page to see how the Categories widget will look to blog readers …

Categories widget added to sidebar navigation section

(Categories widget added to sidebar navigation menu)

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, enable 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 A Recent Posts Widget

The Recent Posts widget normally displays on your sidebar by default. All you need to do is configure the widget.

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

Recent Posts WordPress widget

(Recent Posts WordPress widget)

There’s really very little to set up. You can add a title if you want, select the number of posts to display and 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 enter a number of posts to show and click Save

Recent Posts WordPress widget settings

(Recent Posts widget settings)

Your most recent posts will now display to visitors on the sidebar navigation section …

Recent Posts WordPress widget displayed on blog sidebar

(Recent Posts widget added to blog sidebar)

For a step-by-step tutorial about how to create WordPress Posts, go here: How To Create A New WP Post

Adding Links To Your Site’s Pages In Your Sidebar

Next, let’s add a widget to your sidebar menu linking visitors to the pages on your site.

Find a Pages widget in the Available Widgets section …

WordPress Pages Widget

(Pages Widget)

Drag the Pages widget to your widget section …

Inserting a Pages widget into the sidebar

(Dragging and dropping a Pages widget into your sidebar navigation section)

The Pages widget allows you to configure the following settings:

  • Title: Add a title to the widget (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: Prevent pages from being visible on your sidebar (3) …

WordPress Pages Widget settings

(Pages Widget settings)

By default, pages are displayed by title in alphabetical order. If you want to display pages using another option, then choose 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 your widget, type in the Page Ids for the pages you would like excluded separated by commas into the Exclude field …

WordPress Pages Widget settings - exclude pages

(Pages Widget settings – excluding pages by ID)

To learn how to find a WordPress post or page ID, see this step-by-step tutorial: How To Find The Unique ID Of WordPress Posts And Pages

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

Links to your pages will now display in your sidebar …

WordPress Pages Widget on sidebar

(WordPress Pages Widget on sidebar)

Practical Tip

Tip: You can add multiple Pages widgets to your sidebar section. This is useful if you would like to display separate page groups on the sidebar navigation section (e.g. “Products”, “Legal Pages” etc.)

Add A Links Widget To The WordPress Sidebar

Next, we’ll add a Links widget to display external links on your WordPress sidebar.

Before adding a Links widget to your sidebar, we recommend configuring your Links section inside your dashboard first …

WordPress Links screen

(WordPress Links section)

Note: We plan to provide a tutorial on how to set up and use the Links feature in WordPress.

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

Links Widget

(Links Widget)

Drag the Links widget to your active area …

Make 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 the sidebar …

WordPress Links Widget Settings

(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 Links Widgets To The Sidebar)

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

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 …

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

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

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

Links added to sidebar navigation area

(Links added to sidebar navigation section)

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 link lists to the WordPress sidebar.

Adding Widgets To The Sidebar

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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 And Configure Widgets In Your WordPress SidebarIn Part 1 of this step-by-step tutorial series, we cover the basics of using WordPress widgets.

In this section you will learn how to begin configuring various sidebar widgets in WordPress.

Configuring Widgets

By default, your site comes with several preinstalled widgets that can be used out of the box with minimal to no configuration needed, such as widgets that let you display links to your site’s pages, recent posts, news items, add content search features, etc.

By default, your site comes with several preinstalled widgets

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

Adding And Configuring Sidebar Widgets: Step-By-Step Tutorial

In this tutorial, you will add, configure and reorder various WordPress widgets to display in the site’s sidebar, including:

  • Add a Support Contact graphic button linking to your support page.
  • Add a Categories section with a drop down menu.
  • Adding a Recent Posts section to display the latest posts.
  • Add a list of the site’s most important Pages.
  • Display useful Links on your sidebar.
  • Display news items with an RSS Feed section.
  • Adding a Tag Cloud.
  • Configure how Archived Posts display on your sidebar navigation area.

The Widgets section can be accessed inside the WP administration by going to Appearance > Widgets

Understanding WordPress For Newbies: About WordPress Widgets

(WordPress Widgets Menu)

This loads the Widgets section in your web browser …

Widgets Panel

(Widgets Screen)

Let’s get started …

Adding Text Widgets

Text widgets are quite useful …

Text widget

(WordPress 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 your sidebar area or other widget sections, such as notices, images, tips and more to your site … simply by typing in text or adding HTML into the content area. You can also add an optional title in the Title field. Remember to save your settings when done …

Text widgets are extremely versatile

(Text widgets are really versatile!)

Example: Add A Clickable Help Button To The Sidebar Navigation Menu Using A Text Widget

For this example, let’s set up a clickable support button on your sidebar navigation menu 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 Support Button To Your Sidebar Area 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 …

Use A Text Widget To Add A Contact Button To Your Sidebar Menu

Step 1 – Upload your image.

To display the clickable button image on your site, first you must upload the image to your server and write down the address of your server’s image location.

E.g. …

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

You will use this information in Step 3.

In order for visitors to go to your contact page when the support button is clicked, you will need to 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 – Add a support page.

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

Add A Support Button To The Sidebar Area 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. Basically, you just need to create the instructions for your clickable image.

Your instructions can be written a simple text file and will look something like this …

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

  • Replace “http://www.yourdomain.com/contact-us” in the code 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 image below shows which sections of the above sample code you need to replace with the actual web addresses …

Add A Clickable Support Button To Your Sidebar Section Using A Text Widget

Replace the above URLs and then copy all of your text file content to your clipboard when finished.

If you need help understanding basic HTML code, see this tutorial:

Go back to your Widgets section …

Activate or deactivate widgets using drag & drop

(Widgets Screen)

Step 4 – Add a Text widget.

Add a Text widget to your sidebar in the location where your support button should display.

In the Available Widgets area, select a Text widget …

Text widget

(Text widget)

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

Drag-and-drop your Text widget

(Drag and drop your Text widget)

Step 5 – Configure the widget settings.

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

WordPress text widget

Add a title section to the widget if you want (e.g. “Need Help?”, “Support”, etc.) and paste the code with the correct destination URLs into the text area, then click the save button …

Text widget

Important Info

Note: Remember to test your contact page and image URLs before pasting scripts into your Text Widget, or your button won’t work.

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

If you’re adding text with no formatting tags, you may want to tick the Automatically add paragraphs box to wrap each block of text in an HTML paragraph code (note: not required if you’re pasting in formatted HTML code like we’re using in the example for this tutorial).

Here is some text with Automatically add paragraphs option unchecked …

Automatically add paragraphs option not checked

(Automatically add paragraphs box unchecked)

Here is some text added to a Text widget with Automatically add paragraphs box ticked …

Automatically add paragraphs box checked

(Automatically add paragraphs option checked)

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Step 6 – Refresh the web browser.

Once you have added your widget and content, go to your site and refresh the browser. If all links have been entered correctly, then the support button should display at the top of your site’s sidebar menu …

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

(Clickable support button widget on blog sidebar)

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

Step 7 – Test the button.

The last step is to ensure that the links work. Test this by clicking the help button. You should be taken to the contact page …

Test your clickable button

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

Tip

Useful Tips:

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

Use 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 text widget code):

Use A Text Widget To Add A Help Button To The Sidebar Navigation Section - open in new window

When inserting images into your sidebar section, make sure that the width of the image does not exceed the width of your sidebar column, especially if you are using a non-responsive WordPress theme. As we’ve previously explained, some themes may display elements differently depending on their templates and their layout. Some sidebars are wide and some are narrow. If the sidebar of your theme is narrower than the width of your button images, then you may have to either adjust the size of your images, or the width of your sidebar column to make the images display correctly on your sidebar area.

Make sure that the image width does not exceed the sidebar column width

(Adjust column width or reduce image size)

More Tips:

  • If you don’t want to center the button image in the sidebar, delete the <center> and </center> tags from the beginning and end of the HTML code. The image will then be aligned to its default settings (normally left-aligned).
  • Link the support button to any URL you want (e.g. to an external site, contact form, support forum, etc.) and change this anytime by editing the code in your text widget.

Configuring Widgets On Your WordPress Blog Sidebar Navigation Section

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