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 Widgets To WordPressIn Part 1 of this step-by-step tutorial series, we explained how to use WordPress widgets and in Part 2, you learned how to configure text widgets.

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

In this final installment, we explain how to complete this step-by-step tutorial by learning how to configure a few more frequently-used 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:

Adding An RSS Widget

Let’s add An RSS widget to your sidebar navigation menu.

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

WordPress RSS Widget settings

(RSS Widget settings)

Experiment with different settings to find the combination that best suits your needs.

The example below shows a published RSS Feed widget configured with the settings shown above …

WordPress RSS Widget on blog sidebar

(WordPress RSS Widget displayed on sidebar area)

The screenshot below shows the RSS widget configured with additional options selected …

RSS Widget settings

(RSS Widget settings)

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

Adding A Tag Cloud Widget

Let’s now add A Tag Cloud widget to display clickable tags on your sidebar.

Important

Tags displayed in the Tag Cloud widget are managed in the Tags area …

Tags area

(WordPress Tags area)

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

Tag Cloud Widget

(Tag Cloud Widget)

There is really not much to configure. You can add a title, and choose whether to display items in the tag cloud using Tags or Categories. Click Save when done …

Tag Cloud Widget settings

(WordPress 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 tags)

The example below shows an Tag Cloud widget set up to display Categories instead of Tags

Tag cloud set to display WordPress post categories

(Tag cloud set to display WordPress categories)

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

Configuring The WordPress Archives Section In Your Blog Sidebar

To complete this tutorial series, we’ll configure the Archives Widget, which is a common WordPress widget.

As you continue adding new content to WordPress, your older posts begin to get pushed further down the chronological ladder and become less visible to blog readers. Your content is still there, it’s just not as visible.

The Archives Widget allows visitors to access older published posts …

Archives Widget

(Archives Widget)

There’s not much to set up here. You can add a widget title, and choose whether to display items in your sidebar as a dropdown menu, and show the number of posts . Click Save when finished …

Archives Widget settings

(Archives Widget settings)

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

Archives widget added to blog sidebar

(Archives Widget displayed on sidebar navigation section)

Now that you know how to configure most of the commonly-used default WordPress sidebar widgets, let’s explore some other useful aspects of using WordPress widgets.

Useful Widget Tips

Here are some useful things to know about using 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 appearing on your site’s sidebar that aren’t showing up in your active sidebar inside the Appearance > Widgets section, it’s because with some themes, unless you add widgets to the sidebar, the theme will display its own default set of widgets.

For example, this site displays some widgets in the sidebar area …

Override Default WordPress Sidebar Widgets

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

How To Override Default WordPress Sidebar Widgets

This theme is using default widgets.

As soon as you add one or more widgets to an available widget area, the placeholder widgets will your new widgets will be used instead.

Note: If you want nothing to appear in the sidebar section, either use a theme page template without a widgets layout or just add a blank Text widget to the sidebar.

Just add a blank text widget to a widget area …

Override Default Sidebar Widgets

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

How To Override Default Sidebar Widgets

Widget Accessibility Mode

As we have shown you previously, with WordPress you can easily and quickly reorder how content is displayed in widgetized areas of your website or blog, like sidebars, footers and navigation menus with just a few clicks of your mouse, using drag-&-drop technology …

Rearrange sidebar elements using widgets to improve your site's visitor experience

(Rearranging sidebar elements with widgets can improve your site’s visitor experience)

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

Reorganizing sidebar layout using widgets can help to improve user experience.

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

Enable Widget Accessibility Mode

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

To enable Accessibility Mode, log into your WordPress admin area and navigate 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 on Enable accessibility mode

Enable accessibility mode

(Enable accessibility mode)

Once accessibility mode 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 Widget Accessibility Mode

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

Enable Accessibility Mode For Widgets

A screen opens up the selected widget with options for customizing its settings, selecting the widget location, and drop-down menus that let you specify the position of the widget in your widget location (e.g. position “1”, “2”, “6”, etc.) …

Enable Accessibility Mode For Widgets

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

Enabling Widget Accessibility Mode

Click on the Edit link of an active widget …

How To Enable Accessibility Mode For Widgets

A screen will display the selected widget with options for editing its settings.

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

Enabling Accessibility Mode For WordPress Widgets

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

Turn off accessibility mode

(Turn off 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 by plugins that you install on your site.

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

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

How To Create Your Own Custom Sidebar Widgets

Make sure that any images you use fit the maximum width of your sidebar. Also, keep in mind that there’s no a lot of room to add content on the blog sidebar, so try and keep your information concise.

Also, don’t worry about publishing your Post – all we really want is the code of the content to paste into a widget.

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

How To Create Your Own Sidebar Widgets

Select everything in your text editor window and copy it 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

Creating Your Own Sidebar Widgets

Your custom widget is now added to the sidebar…

Create Your Own Sidebar Widgets

(Create your own sidebar widgets)

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

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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 …

How To Use Widgets In WordPressIn Part 1 of this tutorial series, we explained how to use widgets in WordPress and in Part Two, we explained how to configure a text widget.

In this tutorial you will learn how to configure other WordPress sidebar widgets.

Add A Post Categories Widget

Now that you know how to set up a text widget containing a clickable contact button, let’s configure a widget for displaying Post Categories on your sidebar navigation menu.

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

WordPress Post Categories Widget

(Post Categories widget)

Practical Tip

your your WordPress post categories …

WordPress Categories

(Categories Panel)

Note: We plan to provide tutorials about how to set up WordPress post categories.

Configure the Categories settings for your widget as described below:

  • In Title: type something that visitors will understand, like “Choose A Topic…” (1)
  • Check Display as dropdown if you plan to have several categories (this significantly reduces the size of the widget content by displaying all categories inside a drop-down menu). If you plan to publish posts under a few categories only, then leave the Display as dropdown box unticked. (2)
  • You can leave the remaining options unchecked, or see the additional notes on configuring the Categories widget below.
  • Click Save when finished …

Categories Widget settings

(Categories widget settings)

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

WordPress Categories widget added to sidebar

(Categories widget added to sidebar)

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 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 To Your Blog Sidebar

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

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

Recent Posts widget

(Recent Posts WordPress widget)

There’s very little 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 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 widget settings)

Your most recent posts will be listed on the sidebar area …

Recent Posts widget on sidebar

(Recent Posts WordPress widget displayed on sidebar)

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

Displaying Your Site’s Main Pages

Next, let’s add a widget to your sidebar to display page links.

Find a Pages widget in the Available Widgets section …

Pages Widget

(WordPress Pages Widget)

Drag the Pages widget to your sidebar widget section …

Inserting a Pages widget into your sidebar navigation menu

(Adding a Pages widget to the sidebar)

The Pages widget allows you to configure the following options:

  • Title: Add a title to the widget (e.g. “Pages“) (1)
  • Sort by: Sort how your pages display: by title (i.e. alphabetically), by page order, or by page ID. (2)
  • Exclude: Use this setting to hide pages on your sidebar (3) …

WordPress Pages Widget settings

(WordPress Pages Widget settings)

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

Pages Widget settings - sort options

(WordPress Pages Widget settings – sort options)

To exclude pages from displaying on the widget, just paste in their Page Ids separated by commas into the Exclude field of the widget …

Pages Widget settings - exclude pages

(WordPress Pages Widget settings – exclude pages by ID)

How to find a post or page ID in WordPress is covered here: Finding A WP Page Or Post ID

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

Links to the blog’s main pages will now display in the sidebar menu …

Pages Widget on blog sidebar

(WordPress Pages Widget on sidebar)

Tip

Tip: You can add multiple Pages widgets to your sidebar. This is handy if you want to display separate groups of pages on your sidebar (e.g. “Products”, “Legal Pages” etc.)

Add A Links Widget

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

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

WordPress Links screen

(WordPress Links section)

Note: We are currently putting together tutorials on how to 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 …

Making Links Widget active

(Making Links Widget active)

The Links 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 Your Sidebar

(Add Multiple WordPress Links Widgets To The Sidebar)

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 your Links Widget, click the Save button …

Links added to sidebar navigation section

(Links added to 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 your sidebar navigation area.

Adding And Configuring WordPress Widgets In Your Sidebar Navigation Menu

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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 …

Adding WordPress Widgets To Your SiteIn Part One of this tutorial series, we cover the basics of how to use widgets in WordPress.

In this tutorial you will configure a number of commonly-used widgets in WordPress.

How To Configure Widgets

In a default WordPress installation, your site comes with several built-in active widgets, such as widgets that let you display links to your site’s pages, recent posts, news items, add tag clouds, etc.

In a default WordPress installation, your site comes with several built-in widgets

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

How To Add Widgets To Your WordPress Sidebar: Step-By-Step Tutorial

In this step-by-step tutorial series, you are going to learn how to add, configure and reorder s number of WordPress widgets, including:

  • Add a clickable Support graphic linking visitors to your contact details page.
  • Adding a Categories section with a drop down menu.
  • Add a Recent Posts section.
  • Add a list of your site’s Pages.
  • Display useful Links on your sidebar navigation area.
  • Display news items with an RSS Feed section.
  • Adding a Tag Cloud section.
  • Configure how Archived Posts display on your sidebar.

The Widgets panel is located inside your WordPress admin area and can be accessed from the administration menu by selecting Appearance > Widgets

Understanding WordPress For Newbies: About WordPress Widgets

(Widgets Menu)

This loads the Widgets screen in your web browser …

Widgets Area

(Widgets Screen)

Let’s get started …

Adding Text Widgets

Text widgets are incredibly 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 can be used to add comments, ads, tips and more to your site … simply by typing in text or pasting HTML into the content area. You can also give the widget a title. Remember to save your settings when done …

A text widget is extremely versatile

(A text widget is versatile!)

Example: Add A Support Button To Your Sidebar Section Using A Text Widget

For this example, we’ll set up a clickable contact button on the sidebar navigation section that takes 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 you will want your your visitors to click on …

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

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

Add A Contact Button To Your Sidebar Navigation Area Using A Text Widget

Step 1 – Upload your image.

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

E.g. …

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

This information will be used in Step 3.

For someone to go to the contact page when the help button gets clicked, either create a contact page, or have an existing destination page already set up (e.g. a helpdesk). We will link your button image to this URL in Step 3

Step 2 – Create a destination page.

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

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

Step 3 – Compose the HTML code for your text widget.

Don’t worry … this sounds a lot more technical than it is. Basically, you just need to create the instructions linking your button image to the contact page/helpdesk.

Your instructions can be typed into a plain text editor and will look something like this …

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

  • 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 image below shows which sections of the above sample code you will need to replace with your actual contact details …

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

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

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

Next, go back into your Widgets screen …

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 would like your support button to display.

In the Available Widgets area, select the Text widget …

Text widget

(WordPress text widget)

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

Drag-and-drop your Text widget

(Drag-and-drop your Text widget)

Step 5 – Configure the widget.

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

WordPress 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 URLs into the large text box, then click Save when done …

Text widget

Important

Note: Make sure to test all URLs before pasting scripts into the Text Widget, or your button will not work.

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

If 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 an HTML paragraph code (note: this is not necessary if you paste in HTML code like we’re using in the example for this tutorial).

Here is some text with Automatically add paragraphs box not checked …

Automatically add paragraphs box not selected

(Automatically add paragraphs box not selected)

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

Automatically add paragraphs box selected

(Automatically add paragraphs option checked)

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Step 6 – Refresh the web browser.

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

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

(Clickable button widget on blog sidebar)

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

Step 7 – Test your button.

The last step is to make sure that the destination link works. Test your button to make sure that visitors will go to your contact page when they click on the graphic image. You should be taken to the contact page …

Test the clickable button

(Test the text widget)

Tip

Tips:

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

Add A Help Button To The Sidebar Navigation Section Using A Text Widget

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

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

When inserting images into your sidebar navigation section, make sure that the width of your image doesn’t exceed the width of your sidebar column, especially if you are using a non-responsive WordPress theme. Note that some themes may display different column widths depending on their templates and layout. Some sidebars may be wider or narrower. If your theme’s sidebar width 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 the images display correctly on your theme.

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

(Adjust column width or reduce image size)

Additional Tips:

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

How To Add And Configure Widgets In WordPress

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