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

In Part Three, we began configuring various frequently-used widgets in WordPress.

In this final section, you are going to how to complete the tutorial series by configuring a few more useful WordPress sidebar widgets.

Important

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

WordPress 4.8 - WordPress Widget Updates

(WordPress 4.8 introduced new widget updates)

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

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

Rich Text Widget

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

Rich Text Widget

(Rich Text Widget)

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

(Format text easily with the new text widget)

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

WordPress Image Widget

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

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

Image Widget

(Image Widget)

Click on ‘Add Image’ …

Let's add an image!

(Let’s add an image!)

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

Select an image

(Select an image)

The image will automatically load into the widget area …

Image added to widget

(Image added to widget)

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

Save your image

(Save your image)

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

Image added to website using image widget

(Image added to website using WordPress image widget)

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

Image Widget - Edit Image

(Image Widget – Edit Image)

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

Link your image to an URL

(Link your image to an URL)

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

Copy image URL to your clipboard

(Copy image URL to your clipboard)

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

Image Widget - Replace image

(Image Widget – Replace image)

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

Add image URL

(Add image URL)

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

Save your new image

(Save your new image)

The new image will now display on your sidebar …

New image added using WordPress image widget

(New image added using WordPress image widget)

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

WordPress Video Widget

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

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

Drag a Video widget to your sidebar

(Drag a Video widget to your sidebar)

Click the ‘Add Video’ button …

Video widget - Add Video

(Video widget – Add Video)

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

Add a video URL

(Add a video URL)

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

WordPress Video Widget - Save Button

(WordPress Video Widget – Save Button)

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

Video added using WordPress video widget

(Video added using WordPress video widget)

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

WordPress Audio Widget

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

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

Add an audio widget to your sidebar

(Add an audio widget to your sidebar)

Click the ‘Add Audio’ button…

WordPress Audio Widget - Add Audio button

(WordPress Audio Widget – Add Audio button)

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

Select your audio file

(Select your audio file)

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

Save the audio file on your audio widget

(Save the audio file on your audio widget)

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

Audio file added to your site using the WordPress Audio Widget

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

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

Add A Newsfeed Section

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

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

WordPress RSS Widget

(WordPress RSS Widget)

Enter the following information into the widget settings:

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

WordPress RSS Widget settings

(WordPress RSS Widget settings)

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

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

RSS Widget on sidebar

(WordPress RSS Widget added to sidebar navigation area)

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

RSS Widget settings

(WordPress RSS Widget settings)

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

Adding A Tag Cloud To The Blog Sidebar

Now, let’s add a widget to the sidebar navigation area that will display a tag list.

Important Info

Tags displayed in your widget are listed in the Tags screen …

WordPress Tags screen

(WordPress Tags area)

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

WordPress Tag Cloud Widget

(WordPress Tag Cloud Widget)

There is really not much to set up. 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

(WordPress Tag Cloud Widget settings)

Your Tag cloud will now display on your sidebar …

Tag cloud displaying WordPress post tags

(Tag Cloud widget set to display WordPress tags)

The screenshot below shows an Tag Cloud widget configured for displaying Categories instead of Tags

Tag Cloud widget displaying WordPress categories

(Tag Cloud widget displaying categories)

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

Configure The Archives Widget In Your Blog Sidebar

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

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

The Archives Widget lets visitors view WordPress posts that you may have published a while back …

Archives Widget

(WordPress Archives Widget)

There’s not much to set up in this widget. You can add a title if you want, and choose whether to display items in your Archives widget as a dropdown menu, and display post counts . Click Save when done …

Archives Widget settings

(Archives Widget settings)

The screenshot below shows the Archives widget set up to show posts as a dropdown menu with post counts checkbox enabled …

Archives widget on blog sidebar

(Archives Widget on sidebar navigation section)

Now that you know how to configure WordPress widgets, let’s explore some other areas of WordPress widgets.

Useful Widget Tips

Here are some additional ways to use WordPress widgets:

Add ‘Visibility’ Function To Widgets

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

Jetpack Widgets

(Jetpack Widgets)

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

Jetpack adds 'Visibility' to all widgets

(Jetpack adds ‘Visibility’ to all widgets)

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

Set conditions to show or hide widgets

(Set conditions to show or hide widgets)

This is a really useful function to have.

For example, you can:

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

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

Override Default WordPress Sidebar Widgets

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

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

Overriding Default Sidebar Widgets

If you look inside the Widgets section, however, no widgets have been added to the active widget areas …

Override Default WordPress Sidebar Widgets

This theme may be using default widgets.

As soon as 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 want no widgets to show up in your sidebar, either use a theme page template without a widgets layout or just add a blank Text widget to your sidebar section.

Add a blank text widget to a widget area …

Override Default WordPress Sidebar Widgets

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

Override Default Widgets

Widget Accessibility Mode

As we’ve shown you previously, with WordPress you can quickly and easily reorganize how content displays in areas like your site’s sidebars, footers and navigation menus with only a few clicks of your mouse, using drag-and-drop …

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

(Rearranging sidebar layout with widgets can help improve user experience)

In the screenshot above, for example, you can see that we have reorganized 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.

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

If, however, 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 if you enable Accessibility Mode.

Enable Widget Accessibility Mode

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

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

WordPress Widgets Menu

(Widgets Menu)

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

WordPress Widgets - Screen Options

(WordPress Widgets – Screen Options)

Click on the Enable accessibility mode link …

Switch On accessibility mode

(Turn on accessibility mode)

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

Enabling Widget Accessibility Mode

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

Enable Accessibility Mode For Widgets

A screen will display the selected widget with options for customizing the widget’s settings, selecting the location to add the widget, and drop-down menus that let you specify the position of the widget in the widget location (e.g. position “1”, “2”, “5”, etc.) …

How To Enable Widget Accessibility Mode

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

Enable Accessibility Mode For WordPress Widgets

Click on an active widget’s Edit link …

Enabling Widget Accessibility Mode

A screen displays the selected widget with options for modifying 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 …

Enable Widget Accessibility Mode

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

Switch off accessibility mode

(Disable accessibility mode)

How To Create Your Own Sidebar Widgets

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

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

First, create a new Post and enter the content that you would like to show on your sidebar navigation section…

Create Your Own Custom Sidebar Widgets

Ensure 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 put content on the sidebar navigation section, so keep your information concise.

Also, don’t worry about saving your Post – all we are after is the content HTML to be pasted into your sidebar widget.

After writing your content, switch to the Text tab …

How To Create Your Own Sidebar Widgets

Select and copy everything to your clipboard…

How To Create Your Own Custom Sidebar Widgets

Next, go into your Widgets Area.

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

How To Create Your Own Custom Sidebar Widgets

Your new custom widget is now added to your sidebar…

Creating Your Own Custom Sidebar Widgets

(Create your own custom sidebar widgets)

Congratulations! Now you know how to use and configure various frequently-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 …

Using WordPress WidgetsIn Part One of this step-by-step tutorial, we explained how to use widgets in WordPress and in Part 2, you learned how to configure a text widget.

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

How To Add Categories

Now that you have set up a text widget containing a help button, let’s configure a widget for displaying Post Categories on the sidebar.

The Categories widget already displays on your sidebar menu by default. Place the widget wherever you want your post categories to display by clicking and dragging it in your sidebar area …

WordPress Post Categories Widget

(Categories widget)

Useful Tip

your categories …

WordPress Categories Screen

(Categories)

Note: We are currently putting together tutorials on configuring and using post categories in WordPress.

Let’s configure your categories widget settings as described below:

  • In Title: type something that will make sense to visitors, like “Choose A Topic…” (1)
  • Check Display as dropdown if you plan to add many categories (this significantly reduces the length of the content by displaying all categories in a drop-down menu). If you plan to publish posts under a few categories only, then leave the Display as dropdown box unchecked. (2)
  • Leave the default settings for the remaining options, 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 reload the page to see how your sidebar categories will display to visitors …

WordPress Categories widget added to sidebar

(Categories widget added to sidebar section)

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 option as is.
  • To display the number of posts published in each category on your site, tick the Show post counts check box …

Category widget options - Post Count Enabled vs Post Count Disabled

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

Add Recent Posts

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

Click on its title bar to configure its settings …

Recent Posts widget

(Recent Posts WordPress widget)

There’s not much to set up here. You can add a widget title, select the number of posts to display and opt to display post dates. If you want to use the default Number of posts to show setting, then just leave the widget as is, otherwise change the number of posts and click Save

Recent Posts WordPress widget settings

(Recent Posts WordPress widget settings)

Your most recent posts will appear on the sidebar …

Recent Posts widget on blog sidebar

(Recent Posts WordPress widget displayed on sidebar section)

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

Add Links To Your Site’s Main Pages In Your Blog Sidebar

Next, let’s add a widget to your sidebar for listing pages.

Find a Pages widget in the Available Widgets section …

Pages Widget

(WordPress Pages Widget)

Drag the Pages widget to your sidebar widget section …

Adding a Pages widget to the sidebar area

(Adding a Pages widget to your sidebar section)

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: Prevent pages from appearing on your sidebar (3) …

WordPress Pages Widget settings

(Pages Widget settings)

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

Pages Widget settings - sort options

(WordPress Pages Widget settings – sorting options)

To exclude pages from showing on the widget, enter their Page Ids separated by commas into the Exclude field of the widget …

WordPress Pages Widget settings - exclude pages

(Pages Widget settings – excluding pages by ID)

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

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

Links to your pages will now appear in your sidebar section …

WordPress Pages Widget on sidebar

(WordPress Pages Widget on sidebar)

Practical Tip

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

Add A Links Widget

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

Before adding a Links widget to the sidebar navigation menu, we recommend setting up the Links section first …

WordPress Links screen

(WordPress Links screen)

Note: We are currently putting together tutorials on setting up WordPress Links.

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

Links Widget

(WordPress Links Widget)

Drag it to your active area …

Make Links Widget active

(Making Links Widget active)

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

WordPress Links Widget Settings

(WordPress Links Widget Settings)

You can add as many separate ‘Link Widgets’ to the 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 Links Widgets To Your Sidebar Navigation Menu)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Links added to sidebar section

(Links added to WordPress sidebar navigation menu)

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 menu.

Adding WordPress Widgets To The Sidebar

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How To Use And Configure WordPress Widgets – Part 2

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

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How To Add WordPress Widgets To The BlogIn Part 1 of this step-by-step tutorial series, we explained the basics of using widgets in WordPress.

In this section you are going to learn how to configure various frequently-used sidebar widgets in WordPress.

Configuring Widgets

In a default WordPress installation, your site comes with a number of preinstalled active widgets, such as widgets that let you display links to your pages, recent posts, text or HTML banners, adding site search features, etc.

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

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

Setting Up Commonly-Used WordPress Widgets On Your Sidebar Navigation Menu: Step-By-Step Tutorial

In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to add, configure and reorder various WordPress widgets to display in the site’s sidebar menu, including:

  • Add a clickable Help graphic button linking visitors to your support page.
  • Adding a Categories section.
  • Adding a Recent Posts section to display your latest posts.
  • Adding a list of the site’s main Pages.
  • Display important Links on the sidebar.
  • Adding an RSS Feed section.
  • Adding tag links with a Tag Cloud section.
  • Configure how Archived Posts display on your sidebar.

To access the Widgets area log into your dashboard and go to Appearance > Widgets

Understanding WordPress For Newbies: About WordPress Widgets

(Widgets Menu)

This loads the Widgets section in your web browser …

Widgets Screen

(Widgets Area)

Let’s start to configure some sidebar widgets …

Adding Text Widgets To The Sidebar

Text widgets are incredibly versatile …

WordPress Text widget

(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)

A text widget can be used to add policies, maps and directions, messages and more to your site … just by typing in text or adding HTML into the content area. You can also give the widget a title. Remember to save your settings …

A text widget is extremely versatile

(A text widget is versatile!)

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

For this example, let’s set up a help button on the sidebar 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 can use on your own site …

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

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

Add A Support Button To The Sidebar Navigation Section 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 image to your server and note the path to your image location.

E.g. …

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

You will use this information in Step 3.

For visitors to be taken to your 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 graphic to this URL in Step 3

Step 2 – Add the support page.

Create a contact page and note the page URL …

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

Step 3 – Compose your text widget code.

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

Your code can be typed in a plain text file and should look something like this …

Add A Contact Button To Your Sidebar Navigation Section 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 above with the URL of your image location.

The image below shows the sections of the above code that you need to replace with your actual web addresses …

Use A Text Widget To Add A Clickable Support Button To Your 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 with basic HTML code, refer to this tutorial:

Go back to your Widgets section …

Activate or deactivate widgets using drag and drop

(Widgets Screen)

Step 4 – Add a Text widget.

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

In the Available Widgets area, select the Text widget …

Text widget

(Text widget)

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

Drag-and-drop your WordPress text widget

(Drag and drop your Text widget)

Step 5 – Configure the widget.

Click on the widget title bar to configure the widget settings. Paste the code with the links 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 Support”, etc.) and paste the code with the correct URLs into the Content box, then click Save when done …

Text widget

Important

Note: Make sure to test your contact page and button image links before pasting scripts into your Text Widget, or the 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 doing in this tutorial).

Here is some text added to a Text widget with Automatically add paragraphs option not ticked …

Automatically add paragraphs option not checked

(Automatically add paragraphs box not checked)

Here is some text with Automatically add paragraphs box selected …

Automatically add paragraphs box checked

(Automatically add paragraphs option selected)

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Step 6 – Refresh your web browser.

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

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

(Clickable button widget on blog sidebar)

The above screenshot shows ’click for help’ button added to a newly-installed WordPress site.

Step 7 – Test your widget.

The final step is to make sure that the destination link works. Test this by clicking on the help button. If you are taken directly to the contact page, then the text widget has been set up correctly …

Test the text widget to ensure you've set up everything correctly

(Test the text widget)

Useful Tip

Text Widgets – Useful Tips:

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

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

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

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

When inserting images into your sidebar area, 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. Note that some themes can display elements differently depending on their templates and layout. Some sidebars may be too wide or too narrow. If your theme’s sidebar width is narrower than the width of your button image, 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 theme.

Adjust column width or reduce image size

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

More 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 HTML code. The image will then be aligned to its default settings (normally left-aligned).
  • Link your help button to any destination you want (e.g. to an external link, helpdesk, FAQ page, etc.) and change this anytime by editing the code inside your widget.

Configuring Widgets On Your WordPress Sidebar Navigation Menu

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