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 1 of this step-by-step tutorial series, we explained how to use WordPress widgets and in Part Two, we explained how to configure a text widget.

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

In this final section, we are going to complete the tutorial by learning how to configure a few more frequently-used WordPress sidebar 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:

Add A Newsfeed Section

Let’s add An RSS widget to your sidebar.

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

RSS Widget

(WordPress 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 want to add an optional title to your widget, enter it into this section.
  3. Items to display: Choose the number of items you want to display in the sidebar from the drop-down menu.
  4. Display item content: Check this box to show the feed item content.
  5. Display item author: Check this box if you would like to show the feed item item author.
  6. Display item date: Check this box if you would like to display the RSS feed item date.

WordPress RSS Widget settings

(RSS Widget settings)

Experiment with different options to find the ideal combination for your website.

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

RSS Widget on sidebar

(RSS Widget displayed on sidebar navigation menu)

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

RSS Widget settings

(RSS Widget settings)

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

Adding A Tag Cloud Section

Now, let’s add a widget to display a list of tags on the sidebar.

Important Info

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

WordPress Tags screen

(Tags area)

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

WordPress Tag Cloud Widget

(Tag Cloud Widget)

There’s not much 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 the sidebar …

Tag cloud displaying post tags

(Tag cloud set to display tags)

The example below shows an Tag Cloud widget configured for showing Categories instead of Tags

Tag cloud displaying categories

(Tag cloud set to display WordPress post categories)

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

Configuring Your WordPress Archives Widget In The Sidebar Navigation Section

To complete this tutorial series, we’ll configure the default 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 chronology ladder and become less visible to readers. Your content is still there, it’s just not as visible.

The Archives Widget lets visitors view WordPress posts that you may have published some months ago …

Archives Widget

(Archives Widget)

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

Archives Widget settings

(Archives Widget settings)

The screenshot below shows the Archives widget set to show posts as a dropdown menu with number of posts checkbox enabled …

Archives widget added to sidebar

(WordPress Archives Widget added to blog sidebar)

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

Widgets – Useful Tips

Here are some additional features worth knowing about 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 displaying on your blog sidebar that aren’t listed under the active sidebar in the Appearance > Widgets section, it’s because some themes will display their own default set of widgets until you add widgets to the sidebar menu.

For example, this site displays a couple of widgets in the sidebar area …

Override Default WordPress Sidebar Widgets

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

Override Default Widgets

This theme is probably 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 no widgets to appear in your sidebar, either use a theme page template without a widgets layout or just add a blank Text widget to your sidebar.

Add a blank text widget …

How To Override Default WordPress Sidebar Widgets

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

Overriding Default Widgets

Widget Accessibility Mode

As we have explained previously, with WordPress you can completely reorder how content displays in widgetized areas like your site’s sidebars, footers and navigation menus with just a few clicks of your mouse, using drag-&-drop technology …

Rearranging sidebar elements with widgets can improve your site's visitor experience

(Rearrange sidebar elements using widgets to improve your site’s visitor experience)

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

Reorganizing sidebar elements using widgets can help to improve your site’s user experience.

If, for some reason, 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 by enabling Accessibility Mode.

Enable Accessibility Mode For Widgets

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

To enable Accessibility Mode, log into your WordPress administration area and navigate to Appearance > Widgets

Widgets Menu

(WordPress Widgets Menu)

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

WordPress Widgets - Screen Options

(Widgets – Screen Options)

Click on the Enable accessibility mode link …

Turn on accessibility mode

(Turn on accessibility mode)

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

Enable Widget Accessibility Mode

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

Enabling Widget Accessibility Mode

A screen will display the selected widget with options for customizing the widget’s settings, selecting the widget location, and dropdown menus for specifying the position of the widget in the widget location (e.g. position “1”, “3”, “6”, etc.) …

How To Enable Accessibility Mode For WordPress Widgets

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

Enable Widget Accessibility Mode

Click on the Edit link of an active widget …

Enable Accessibility Mode For Widgets

A screen will display your selected widget with options for changing 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 delete the widget from the Active Widgets section …

How To Enable Widget Accessibility Mode

Click on Disable accessibility mode in the Screen Options section to restore the drag-and-drop function to your Widgets …

Switch off accessibility mode

(Disable 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 by plugins that you install on your site.

Here is an easy way to create your own sidebar widgets:

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

How To Create Your Own Custom Sidebar Widgets

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

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

Once you have created your content in the WordPress post editor, switch to 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

Creating Your Own Sidebar Widgets

Your new custom widget will be added to the sidebar…

Creating Your Own Custom Sidebar Widgets

(Create your own custom sidebar widgets)

Congratulations! Now you know how to use and configure the most commonly-used WordPress 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 Add And Configure WordPress Widgets In The BlogIn Part 1 of this tutorial series, we explained how to use WordPress widgets and in Part Two, you learned how to configure a text widget.

In this tutorial you are going to learn how to configure other commonly-used WordPress widgets.

Add Categories To Your Sidebar Navigation Menu

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

By default, the Categories widget displays on your sidebar. 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 …

Categories Widget

(Post Categories widget)

Tip

Before adding a Categories widget to your sidebar, you will first need to configure your Post Categoriessection inside the dashboard …

Categories Panel

(WordPress Categories Panel)

Note: Configuring and using categories in WordPress will be explained in separate tutorials.

Configure your categories widget settings as shown below:

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

Categories Widget settings

(WordPress Categories widget settings)

Load the site in your web browser or reload your page to see how the content will display to your visitors …

Categories widget added to sidebar

(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 box, otherwise leave this box unchecked.
  • 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 Recent Posts To Your Blog Sidebar

The Recent Posts widget is added to the sidebar navigation area by default. All you need to do is configure this widget.

Click on your Recent Posts widget title bar to display the configuration settings …

Recent Posts widget

(Recent Posts widget)

There’s really very little to set up. You can add a 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

Recent Posts widget settings

(Recent Posts WordPress widget settings)

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

Recent Posts widget displayed on sidebar

(Recent Posts widget on sidebar area)

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

Add A Pages Widget

Next, let’s add a widget to your sidebar to display the pages you select.

Find a Pages widget in the Available Widgets section …

WordPress Pages Widget

(WordPress Pages Widget)

Drag the Pages widget to your active widget section …

Adding a Pages widget to the sidebar menu

(Adding a Pages widget to your sidebar area)

The Pages widget lets you configure the following settings:

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

Pages Widget settings

(WordPress Pages Widget settings)

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

Pages Widget settings - sort options

(WordPress Pages Widget settings – sorting options)

To prevent pages from displaying in your widget, simply type or paste in their Page Ids separated by commas into the Exclude field …

Pages Widget settings - exclude pages

(WordPress Pages Widget settings – excluding pages by ID)

How to find a WordPress page ID is covered in this tutorial: How To Locate A Post Or Page ID In A WP Website

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

Links to the pages will now appear on your sidebar …

WordPress Pages Widget on sidebar

(Pages Widget on blog sidebar)

Tip

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

Display Links On The WordPress Sidebar Navigation Menu

Now, let’s add a Links widget to your sidebar.

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

WordPress Links section

(WordPress Links screen)

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

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

Links Widget

(Links Widget)

Drag the Links widget to your sidebar …

Making Links Widget active

(Making Links Widget active)

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

Links Widget Settings

(Links Widget Settings)

You can add as many separate ‘Link Widgets’ to your sidebar area 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 …

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

(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 WordPress sidebar

(External links added to WordPress sidebar navigation section)

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

How To Configure WordPress Widgets On The Blog 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.

Adding And Configuring WordPress Widgets In Your Sidebar MenuIn Part One of this tutorial, we explained the basics of using WordPress widgets.

In this tutorial you will begin configuring a number of commonly-used sidebar widgets in WordPress.

Configuring Sidebar Widgets

By default, your site comes with a number of preinstalled active widgets, such as widgets that let you display external links, filter posts by categories, news items, adding a search box, etc.

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

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

How To Configure Commonly-Used WordPress Sidebar Widgets: Tutorial

In this step-by-step tutorial series, we will add, configure and reorder various WordPress widgets, including:

  • Adding a Support Contact graphic button linking visitors to your contact page.
  • Adding a Categories section.
  • Adding a Recent Posts section.
  • Add a list of your site’s main Pages.
  • Display useful Links on your sidebar navigation section.
  • Display newsfeeds with an RSS Feed section.
  • Add a list of clickable tags with a Tag Cloud section.
  • Configure how your Archived Posts display on your sidebar.

The Widgets area is located inside your WP administration by going to Appearance > Widgets

Understanding WordPress For Newbies: About WordPress Widgets

(Widgets Menu)

This brings you to the Widgets area into your browser …

Widgets Panel

(Widgets Panel)

Let’s get started …

Adding Text Widgets To The Blog Sidebar Area

Text widgets are versatile …

WordPress Text widget

(WordPress Text widget)

Useful 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)

A text widget can be used to add comments, social media buttons, reviews and more to your site … just type in text or insert HTML into the widget content area. You can also give the widget a title. Remember to save your settings …

Text widgets are really versatile

(Text widgets are versatile!)

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

For this example, we’ll set up a help button on the sidebar navigation menu that will take 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 visitors can click on …

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

Step 1 – Upload your image.

Upload the button image to your server and write down the path to your server’s image location.

For example …

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

This information will be required in Step 3.

For someone to be taken to your contact page when they click on the support button, either create a contact page, or have an existing destination page already set up (e.g. a helpdesk). We will then link your 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 …

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

Step 3 – Compose your text widget code.

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

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

Add A Clickable Help Button To The Sidebar Section 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 the sections of the above sample code that you will need to replace with your actual web addresses …

Use A Text Widget To Add A Support Button To The Sidebar Navigation Menu

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

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

Go back to your Widgets panel …

Activate or deactivate widgets using drag & drop

(Widgets Area)

Step 4 – Add a Text widget.

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

In the Available Widgets area, find a Text widget …

WordPress text widget

(WordPress text widget)

Drag the 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 WordPress text widget)

Step 5 – Configure your text widget.

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

Text widget

Add a title section to the widget if you want (e.g. “Need Help?”, “Get Help”, etc.) and paste the code with the correct URLs into the Content area, then click Save when done …

WordPress text widget

Important Info

Note: Remember to test all 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 paragraphs (note: not required if you type in 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 not selected …

Automatically add paragraphs box not ticked

(Automatically add paragraphs box not selected)

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

Automatically add paragraphs option selected

(Automatically add paragraphs option ticked)

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Step 6 – Refresh the web browser.

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

Use A Text Widget To Add A Clickable Contact Button To Your Sidebar Area

(Clickable button widget on blog sidebar)

The above screenshot shows the button in the sidebar navigation menu of a newly-installed WordPress site.

Step 7 – Test the button.

The last step is to ensure that the destination link works. Test this by clicking on the help button. If you are taken to your support page, then everything has been set up correctly …

Test the text widget

(Test the text widget)

Useful Tip

Text Widgets – Useful Tips:

If you would like a new window to open up when visitors go to your contact page (so they don’t leave the page they’re in), then change the code from this:

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

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

Add A Help Button To Your Sidebar Navigation Area Using A Text Widget - open in new window

When choosing images for your sidebar navigation 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 different column widths depending on their templates and layout. Some sidebars are wide and some are narrow. If your theme’s sidebar width is narrower than the width of the button images, then you may need to either adjust the image size, or the width of your sidebar column to make the images display correctly on your sidebar.

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

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

More Tips:

  • If you don’t want to center your button inside your 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).
  • You can link the contact button to any destination you like (e.g. to an external site, contact form, support forum, etc.) and change this anytime by editing the code inside the text widget.

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