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 WordPress Widgets In Your BlogIn Part 1 of this step-by-step tutorial series, we explained how to use widgets in WordPress and in Part Two, we explained how to configure text widgets.

In Part Three, we began configuring various default WordPress widgets.

In this final section, we are going to conclude this tutorial by configuring a few more frequently-used widgets.

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

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

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

WordPress RSS Widget

(WordPress RSS Widget)

Enter the following information into the widget settings:

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

RSS Widget settings

(WordPress RSS Widget settings)

Experiment with different settings to find the ideal combination for your blog.

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

RSS Widget on sidebar

(WordPress RSS Widget displayed on sidebar)

The screenshot below shows a published RSS Feed widget configured using some of the other 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 Sidebar

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

Info

Tags appearing in the widget are managed in the Tags panel …

Tags area

(WordPress Tags screen)

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

WordPress Tag Cloud Widget

(Tag Cloud Widget)

There’s really not much to configure. 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

(Tag Cloud Widget settings)

Your Tag cloud will now display on the sidebar …

Tag Cloud widget set to display post tags

(Tag cloud displaying WordPress post tags)

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

Tag Cloud widget displaying categories

(Tag cloud displaying post categories)

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

How To Configure Your Archives Section In The Sidebar

To complete this tutorial, we’ll configure the default Archives Widget, which is another frequently-used widget.

As you publish new posts in WordPress, your older posts begin to get pushed further down the chronology list and become less visible to visitors. Your posts are still there, it’s just not as visible.

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

WordPress Archives Widget

(WordPress Archives Widget)

There is really not much to configure. You can add a title, and choose whether to display items in the Archives widget in a dropdown menu, and show the number of posts . Click Save when done …

WordPress Archives Widget settings

(WordPress Archives Widget settings)

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

Archives widget added to blog sidebar

(WordPress Archives Widget added to sidebar)

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

Useful Widget 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:

Override Default Sidebar Widgets

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

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

How To Override Default Sidebar Widgets

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

Overriding Default WordPress Sidebar Widgets

This is because the above theme may be using default widgets.

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

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

Just add a blank text widget …

Override Default Widgets

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

How To Override Default WordPress Sidebar Widgets

Widget Accessibility Mode

As we’ve explained in an earlier example, with WordPress you can completely reorder how content is displayed in widgetized areas of your website sidebars, footers and navigation menus with just a few clicks of your mouse button, using drag-&-drop …

Rearranging sidebar layout with widgets can help to improve your site's visitor experience

(Reorganizing sidebar layout using widgets can help to improve visitor experience)

In the above screenshot, for example, you can see that we have quickly and easily change the widget elements in the site’s sidebar by switching the search and testimonial sections. This is easily done by simply dragging and dropping the widgets into different positions inside the sidebar widget area.

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

If, however, you find that you cannot move widgets using drag and drop (e.g. using a mobile device that doesn’t support dragging-and-dropping), you can still use widgets by enabling Accessibility Mode.

How To 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 and navigate to the Widgets section …

Widgets Menu

(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

(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 Accessibility Mode For Widgets

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

How To Enable Accessibility Mode For WordPress Widgets

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

Enable Widget Accessibility Mode

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

Enable Accessibility Mode For Widgets

Click on an active widget’s Edit link …

How To Enable Accessibility Mode For WordPress Widgets

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

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

Enable Accessibility Mode For WordPress Widgets

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

Switch off accessibility mode

(Turn off accessibility mode)

Creating 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 website.

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

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

How To Create Your Own Custom Sidebar Widgets

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

Also, don’t worry about publishing your Post – all we are really after is to copy the content so we can paste it into a sidebar widget.

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

Creating Your Own Sidebar Widgets

Select everything inside the 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 new widget is now 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 various sidebar widgets.

How To Use Widgets In WordPress

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How To Use And Configure WordPress Widgets – Part 3

Learn how to add and configure a number of useful widgets on your WordPress sidebar.

Adding And Configuring WordPress Widgets In The WebsiteIn Part One of this step-by-step tutorial, we explained how to use widgets in WordPress and in Part Two, you learned how to configure text widgets.

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

Adding A Categories Section To The Sidebar Navigation Section

Now that you have set up a text widget containing a clickable contact button, let’s configure a widget to display your Categories.

The Categories widget displays on your sidebar by default. All you need to do, therefore, is place this widget wherever you want your post categories to display by clicking and dragging it on your sidebar widget area …

WordPress Categories Widget

(WordPress Categories widget)

Practical Tip

Before adding a Categories widget to your sidebar, we recommend first configuring your categories inside your WordPress dashboard …

Categories

(WordPress Categories Panel)

Note: Configuring WordPress post categories will be covered in other tutorials.

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

  • In Title: type something that your visitors will understand, like “Choose A Topic…” (1)
  • If you have too many categories, check Display as dropdown (this significantly reduces the size of the 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 your sidebar. (2)
  • You can leave the default settings for the remaining options, or see the additional notes on configuring the Categories widget below.
  • Click Save to update your settings …

Configuring a WordPress Categories Widget

(WordPress Categories widget settings)

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

WordPress Categories widget added to sidebar section

(Categories widget added to sidebar)

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, enable the Show post counts check box …

Category widget options - Post Count Enabled vs Post Count Disabled

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

Add A Recent Posts Widget

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

Click on the title bar to configure its settings …

Recent Posts widget

(Recent Posts WordPress widget)

There’s really not much to configure. 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 with the default setting for Number of posts to show, then just leave the widget as is, otherwise enter a number of posts to show and click Save

Recent Posts WordPress widget settings

(Recent Posts widget settings)

Your most recent posts will display on your sidebar …

Recent Posts WordPress widget added to sidebar

(Recent Posts WordPress widget displayed on sidebar)

A step-by-step tutorial is provided on creating and editing WordPress Posts here: How To Create A New Post In WordPress

Adding A Pages Widget

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

Find a Pages widget in the Available Widgets section …

Pages Widget

(Pages Widget)

Drag the Pages widget to your active widget section …

Adding a Pages widget to the sidebar

(Adding a Pages widget to your sidebar navigation section)

The Pages widget allows you to configure the following settings:

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

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 in the Sort by: drop-down menu …

WordPress Pages Widget settings - sort options

(WordPress Pages Widget settings – sort options)

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

WordPress Pages Widget settings - exclude pages

(WordPress Pages Widget settings – excluding pages)

How to find a WordPress page ID is covered in this tutorial: Finding WordPress Page And Post IDs

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

Links to your site’s pages will now show in the sidebar …

WordPress Pages Widget on blog sidebar

(WordPress Pages Widget on sidebar)

Useful Tip

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

Add A Links Widget

Now, we’ll add a Links widget to your sidebar.

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

WordPress Links section

(WordPress Links screen)

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

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

Links Widget

(WordPress Links Widget)

Drag it to your sidebar area …

Make Links Widget active

(Making Links Widget active)

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

WordPress Links Widget Settings

(Links Widget Settings)

You can add as many separate ‘Link Widgets’ to your sidebar as you want. As you will see in a moment, this lets you create and display specific lists of links on your site …

Add Multiple Links Widgets To The Sidebar

(Add Multiple WordPress Links Widgets To Your 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

(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

(Links added to WordPress sidebar navigation menu)

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 lists of links to the WordPress sidebar.

Adding And Configuring WordPress Widgets In The Blog

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How To Use And Configure WordPress Widgets – Part 2

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

How To Use Widgets In WordPressIn Part 1 of this step-by-step tutorial, we explained the basics of how to use widgets in WordPress.

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

Widget Configuration

By default, your site comes with a number of preinstalled active widgets, such as widgets that let you display links to your site’s pages, recent posts, text or HTML banners, add search features, etc.

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

(By default, your site comes with a number of pre-installed widgets)

Adding And Configuring Commonly-Used Widgets On Your WordPress Sidebar Section: Tutorial

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

  • Adding a Support graphic button linking to the support page.
  • Add a Categories section with a drop down menu.
  • Adding a Recent Posts section.
  • Adding a list of the site’s main Pages.
  • Display useful Links on your sidebar navigation area.
  • Adding an RSS Feed section.
  • Add a list of clickable tags using a Tag Cloud section.
  • Add and configure an Archives section to the sidebar navigation section.

The Widgets area is located inside the admin area by going to Appearance > Widgets

Understanding WordPress For Newbies: About WordPress Widgets

(WordPress Widgets Menu)

This brings you to the Widgets area into your browser window …

Widgets Panel

(Widgets Area)

Let’s start to configure your sidebar widgets …

Text Widgets

Text widgets are quite useful …

Text widget

(WordPress Text widget)

Useful Information

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 article snippets, social media buttons, messages and more to your site … simply type in text or add HTML into the widget content area. You can also add an optional title in the Title field. Remember to save your settings when done …

A text widget is extremely versatile

(A text widget is versatile!)

Example: Using A Text Widget To Add A Clickable Contact Button To The Sidebar Navigation Section

For this example, we’ll set up a contact button on the sidebar that will take your visitors to a page on your site (or an external site, e.g. a helpdesk) where they can contact you for help and support.

First, you will need to create or source a graphic image that visitors can click on …

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

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

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

Step 1 – Upload your image.

To display the image on your site, the image must be uploaded to your server. Upload the image to your server and write down the path to 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 graphic button gets clicked, either create a contact page, or have an existing destination page already set up (e.g. a helpdesk). We will link the button graphic to this URL in Step 3

Step 2 – Add a contact page.

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

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

Step 3 – Compose your text widget code.

Don’t worry … this sounds a lot more technical than it is. Basically, you just need to create the instructions linking the graphic image to your destination URL.

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

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

  • 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 the actual contact details …

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

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

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

Next, go back to 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 in the location where your button should display.

In the Available Widgets area, find a Text widget …

WordPress text widget

(WordPress text widget)

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

Drag and drop your WordPress text widget

(Dragging and dropping your Text widget)

Step 5 – Configure the text 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 the save button …

Text widget

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

Text widget

Important

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

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

If adding text with no formatting tags, you may want to tick the Automatically add paragraphs box to wrap each block of text in an HTML paragraph code (note: 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 option not selected …

Automatically add paragraphs option not selected

(Automatically add paragraphs box not selected)

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

Automatically add paragraphs option ticked

(Automatically add paragraphs option checked)

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Step 6 – Refresh the browser.

After adding the widget and code, visit your site and refresh your browser. If you have entered all of the links correctly, then your support button should display at the top of your site’s sidebar menu …

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

(Clickable support button widget on sidebar)

The screenshot above shows the button added to a brand new WordPress site.

Step 7 – Test the widget.

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

Test the text widget

(Test the clickable button)

Tip

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 code from this:

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

To this (i.e. include the section containing target=”_blank” in your html code):

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

When adding images to your sidebar navigation menu, make sure that the width of your image doesn’t exceed the width of the sidebar column, especially if you are using a non-responsive WordPress theme. Note that some themes can display different column widths depending on their templates and their layout. Some sidebars may be too wide or too narrow. If your theme’s sidebar is narrower than the width of the graphic images, then you may need to either adjust the size of your images, or the column width to make graphics display correctly on your sidebar section.

Adjust column width or reduce image size

(Adjust column width or reduce image size)

Extra Tips:

  • If you don’t want your button image to be centered in the sidebar, delete the <center> and </center> tags from the beginning and end of the HTML code. The image will then align to the left.
  • You can link the help button to any destination you want (e.g. to an external link, contact form, FAQ page, etc.) and change this anytime by editing the content in the text widget.

Configuring Widgets On The Sidebar

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