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 …

Adding WordPress Widgets To The SidebarIn Part One of this step-by-step tutorial series, we explained how to use widgets in WordPress and in Part 2, you learned how to configure text widgets.

In Part 3, we began configuring a number of commonly-used widgets in WordPress.

In this final installment, you are going to how to complete the tutorial by configuring a few more commonly-used widgets.

Important 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:

Adding An RSS Widget

Let’s add a widget to your sidebar that will display news items from RSS feeds.

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

RSS Widget

(WordPress RSS Widget)

Enter the following information into the widget settings:

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

RSS Widget settings

(RSS Widget settings)

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

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

WordPress RSS Widget on sidebar

(WordPress RSS Widget displayed on sidebar)

The example below shows a published RSS widget configured using 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

Now, let’s add a widget to display clickable tags on your sidebar.

Info

Tags displayed in the Tag Cloud widget are listed in the Tags section …

Tags screen

(WordPress Tags screen)

To insert the widget, find a Tag Cloud widget in the Available Widgets section and drag it to the sidebar …

Tag Cloud Widget

(Tag Cloud Widget)

There’s really very little to set up in this widget. You can add a widget title, and choose whether to display items in the tag cloud using Tags or Categories. Click Save when done …

WordPress Tag Cloud Widget settings

(Tag Cloud Widget settings)

Your Tag cloud will now display on the sidebar area …

Tag Cloud widget displaying WordPress tags

(Tag Cloud widget set to display post tags)

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

Tag cloud displaying categories

(Tag Cloud widget set to display post categories)

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

How To Configure The Archives Widget

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

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

The Archives Widget allows site visitors to access WordPress posts that you may have published months ago …

WordPress Archives Widget

(WordPress Archives Widget)

There’s very little to set up in this widget. You can add a title if you want, and choose whether to display items in the sidebar widget in a dropdown menu, and display the number of posts . Click Save when finished …

WordPress Archives Widget settings

(WordPress Archives Widget settings)

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

WordPress Archives widget on sidebar

(Archives Widget displayed on sidebar)

Now that you know how to configure widgets, let’s explore some other useful ways to use WordPress widgets.

Widgets – Useful Tips

Here are some additional features of 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 Widgets

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

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

Override Default Sidebar Widgets

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

Overriding Default Widgets

This theme is using default widgets.

Once you add one or more widgets to an available widget area, the other widgets will disappear and be replaced with the selected widgets instead.

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

Just add a blank text widget to a widget area …

How To Override Default WordPress Sidebar Widgets

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

How To Override Default WordPress Sidebar Widgets

Accessibility Mode

As we have explained previously, with WordPress you can quickly and easily reorganize how content displays in widgetized areas of your site sidebars, footers and navigation menus with only a few clicks of your mouse, using drag-and-drop technology …

Rearranging sidebar layout using widgets can help improve visitor experience

(Reorganize sidebar layout with widgets to improve user experience)

In the screenshot above, for example, you can see that we have reorganized the site’s sidebar menu 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.

Rearranging sidebar elements using widgets can help improve your site’s visitor experience.

If, however, you find that you are unable to use the drag-and-drop function 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.

Enable Widget Accessibility Mode

Enabling Accessibility Mode, via your Screen Options, allows you to use Add and Edit buttons instead of dragging and dropping.

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

Widgets Menu

(WordPress Widgets Menu)

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

Widgets - Screen Options

(Widgets – Screen Options)

Click link to enable accessibility mode …

Switch On 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 …

How To Enable Widget Accessibility Mode

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 a widget location, plus drop-down menus that let you specify the position of the widget in the widget location (e.g. position “1”, “2”, “6”, etc.) …

Enabling Accessibility Mode For WordPress Widgets

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

How To Enable Widget Accessibility Mode

Click on the Edit link of an active widget …

Enable Accessibility Mode For Widgets

A screen will display the selected widget with options for changing the widget’s settings.

Click Save Widget to update your settings and return to the Active Widgets screen, or click the Delete button to delete the widget from the Active Widgets area …

Enabling Accessibility Mode For Widgets

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

Turn off accessibility mode

(Switch off accessibility mode)

Creating Your Own Custom 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 website.

If you want to create a custom sidebar widget, then here is an easy way:

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

Creating Your Own Sidebar Widgets

Make sure that any images you use are resized to fit the maximum width of the 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 after is to copy the content to paste into a widget.

Once you have composed your content in the WordPress editor, click on the Text tab …

Create Your Own Custom Sidebar Widgets

Select and copy everything to your clipboard…

How To Create Your Own Sidebar Widgets

Next, go into your Widgets Screen.

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

Create Your Own Custom Sidebar Widgets

Your new widget will be added to the sidebar section…

Creating Your Own Custom Sidebar Widgets

(Create your own sidebar widgets)

Congratulations! Now you know how to use and configure a number of sidebar widgets.

Adding WordPress Widgets To Your Website

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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 WordPress Widgets To Your WebsiteIn Part One of this tutorial, we explained how to use widgets in WordPress and in Part 2, you learned how to configure text widgets.

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

Add Post Categories To The Sidebar Menu

Now that you know how to set up a text widget containing a clickable support button, let’s configure Post Categories.

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

Post Categories Widget

(Post Categories widget)

Tip

Before adding a Categories widget to your sidebar navigation area, we recommend configuring the Post Categoriesfeature first …

Post Categories Panel

(Categories Panel)

Note: We plan to provide tutorials that explain how to configure and use post categories in WordPress.

Configure your categories settings as shown below:

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

Configuring a WordPress Categories Widget

(Configuring a WordPress Categories widget)

Click Visit Site or refresh your page to see how your content will display to site visitors …

Categories widget added to sidebar

(WordPress Categories widget added to sidebar navigation area)

Practical 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 box unticked.
  • To display the number of posts published in each category, 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 A Recent Posts Section

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

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

Recent Posts widget

(Recent Posts widget)

There is very little to configure. You can add a widget title, select the number of posts to display and opt to display post dates. If you’re happy to use 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 WordPress widget settings

(Recent Posts WordPress widget settings)

The most recent number of posts you’ve specified will display on your sidebar …

Recent Posts widget on sidebar

(Recent Posts WordPress widget displayed on sidebar)

To learn how to create WordPress Posts, see this step-by-step tutorial: How To Create A New WP Post

Displaying Your Site’s Main Pages

Next, we’ll add a widget to your sidebar showing links to the pages on your site.

Find a Pages widget in the Available Widgets section …

Pages Widget

(Pages Widget)

Drag the Pages widget to your widget area …

Adding a Pages widget to your sidebar navigation section

(Adding a Pages widget to the sidebar navigation section)

The Pages widget allows you to configure the following options:

  • Title: Add a title to the widget (e.g. “Site Information“) (1)
  • Sort by: Sort how your pages display: by title (i.e. alphabetically), by page order, or by page ID. (2)
  • Exclude: Prevent pages from appearing on the sidebar area (3) …

WordPress Pages Widget settings

(WordPress Pages Widget settings)

By default, pages are displayed by title in alphabetical order. If you want to display pages using one of the other options, then choose a different method in the Sort by: drop-down menu …

WordPress Pages Widget settings - sort options

(WordPress Pages Widget settings – sort options)

To prevent pages from displaying to visitors, type in the Page Ids for all the pages you would like excluded separated by commas into the Exclude field of the widget …

WordPress Pages Widget settings - exclude pages

(Pages Widget settings – excluding pages by ID)

A tutorial is provided on how to find a page ID in WordPress here: How To Locate The Unique ID Of WordPress Posts And Pages

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

Links to the site’s pages will now display on your sidebar …

WordPress Pages Widget on sidebar

(Pages Widget on sidebar)

Tip

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

Display Links On Your WordPress Blog Sidebar

Next, let’s add a Links widget to the sidebar.

Before adding a Links widget to the sidebar navigation area, we recommend setting up the Links section inside your WP dashboard first …

WordPress Links section

(WordPress Links section)

Note: We are currently putting together tutorials on how to configure WordPress Links.

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

WordPress Links Widget

(Links Widget)

Drag the widget to your sidebar …

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 your 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 Links Widgets To The Sidebar Navigation Menu

(Add Multiple Links Widgets To The Sidebar Navigation Section)

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

( 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 menu

(External 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 link lists to the WordPress sidebar navigation section.

Adding And Configuring WordPress Widgets In Your Site

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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 The WordPress Blog Sidebar MenuIn Part One of this step-by-step tutorial, we cover the basics of using WordPress widgets.

In this section you will learn how to configure a number of sidebar widgets in WordPress.

Widget Configuration

In a default WordPress installation, your site comes with several built-in widgets that can be used out of the box with minimal to no configuration required, such as widgets that let you display external links, recent posts, news items, filter content by tags, etc.

By default, your site comes with several built-in widgets

(By default, your site comes with a number of preinstalled widgets)

How To Configure Commonly-Used Sidebar Widgets: Tutorial

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

  • Add a clickable Help graphic button linking to the contact details page.
  • Add a Categories section.
  • Adding a Recent Posts section to display your latest posts.
  • Add a list of your site’s main Pages.
  • Display useful Links on the sidebar.
  • Display news items with an RSS Feed section.
  • Adding a Tag Cloud.
  • Configure how your Archived Posts display on the sidebar area.

The Widgets panel is located in your WP dashboard and can be easily accessed from the WP dashboard menu by clicking on Appearance > Widgets

Understanding WordPress For Newbies: About WordPress Widgets

(Widgets Menu)

This loads the Widgets panel into your web browser …

Widgets Panel

(Widgets Area)

Let’s start configuring your widgets …

Adding Text Widgets

Text widgets are quite useful …

Text widget

(WordPress Text widget)

Important Info

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)

Text widgets let you insert just about anything you want into your sidebar menu or other widget sections, such as instructions, maps and directions, scripts and more to your site … simply by typing in text or inserting HTML into the widget content area. You can also add an optional title in the Title field. Remember to save your settings when done …

A text widget is extremely versatile

(Text widgets are really versatile!)

Example: Add A Clickable Contact Button To Your Sidebar Navigation Menu Using A Text Widget

For this example, we’ll set up a clickable help button on your sidebar that takes 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, you will need to create or source a “help button” graphic image that you will want your visitors to click on …

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

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

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

Step 1 – Upload your image.

To display the clickable button image on your site, the image must be uploaded to your server. Upload your button graphic to the images folder in your server and note the address of your image location.

For example …

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

You will use this information in Step 3.

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

Step 2 – Add the support page.

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

Add A Contact Button To The Sidebar Navigation 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. Basically, we just need to create the instructions for your clickable button.

Your instructions can be composed in a simple text editor and should look something like this …

Add A Clickable Support Button To Your Sidebar Navigation Area 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 screenshot below shows which sections of the above code you will need to replace with the actual web addresses …

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

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

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

Go back to your Widgets section …

Activate or deactivate widgets using drag-and-drop

(Widgets Panel)

Step 4 – Add a Text widget.

Add a Text widget to your sidebar where you would like your button to display.

In the Available Widgets area, find the 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 WordPress text widget

(Drag and drop your WordPress text widget)

Step 5 – Configure the text widget.

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

Text widget

Important

Note: Remember to test all URLs before pasting scripts into the Text Widget, or your clickable button won’t work.

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

If you’re adding text without formatting tags like paragraph breaks, you may want to tick the Automatically add paragraphs box to wrap each block of text in paragraphs (note: this is not necessary 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 option unchecked

(Automatically add paragraphs option not checked)

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

Automatically add paragraphs box ticked

(Automatically add paragraphs option ticked)

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Step 6 – Refresh the browser.

After adding your text widget and content, visit your site and refresh your web browser. If all links have been entered correctly, then the support button will display in the site’s sidebar menu …

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

(Clickable support button widget on sidebar)

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

Step 7 – Test your button.

The last step is to ensure that the clickable button works. Test this by clicking the button. If you are taken directly to the contact page, then everything has been set up correctly …

Test the clickable button

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

Tip

Text Widgets – Useful Tips:

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

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

To this (i.e. insert the section that says: target=”_blank” in your code):

Add A Clickable Contact Button To The Sidebar Menu Using A Text Widget - open in new window

When inserting images into your sidebar navigation section, make sure that the width of your image does not exceed the width of the sidebar column, especially if you are using a non-responsive WordPress theme. As mentioned earlier, some themes may display different column widths 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 the graphic images, then you may have to either adjust the size of your images, or the width of your sidebar column to make images display correctly on your sidebar section.

Adjust column width or reduce image size

(Adjust column width or reduce image size)

Additional Tips:

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

Adding Widgets To Your Sidebar

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