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 Use Widgets In WordPressIn Part One of this step-by-step tutorial, we explained how to use widgets in WordPress and in Part 2, we explained how to configure text widgets.

In Part Three, we began configuring various default widgets.

In this final installment, you are going to conclude the step-by-step tutorial by configuring a few more commonly-used WordPress sidebar widgets.

Useful Info

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

WordPress 4.8 - WordPress Widget Updates

(WordPress 4.8 introduced new widget updates)

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

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

Rich Text Widget

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

Rich Text Widget

(Rich Text Widget)

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

(Format text easily with the new text widget)

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

WordPress Image Widget

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

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

Image Widget

(Image Widget)

Click on ‘Add Image’ …

Let's add an image!

(Let’s add an image!)

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

Select an image

(Select an image)

The image will automatically load into the widget area …

Image added to widget

(Image added to widget)

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

Save your image

(Save your image)

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

Image added to website using image widget

(Image added to website using WordPress image widget)

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

Image Widget - Edit Image

(Image Widget – Edit Image)

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

Link your image to an URL

(Link your image to an URL)

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

Copy image URL to your clipboard

(Copy image URL to your clipboard)

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

Image Widget - Replace image

(Image Widget – Replace image)

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

Add image URL

(Add image URL)

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

Save your new image

(Save your new image)

The new image will now display on your sidebar …

New image added using WordPress image widget

(New image added using WordPress image widget)

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

WordPress Video Widget

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

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

Drag a Video widget to your sidebar

(Drag a Video widget to your sidebar)

Click the ‘Add Video’ button …

Video widget - Add Video

(Video widget – Add Video)

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

Add a video URL

(Add a video URL)

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

WordPress Video Widget - Save Button

(WordPress Video Widget – Save Button)

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

Video added using WordPress video widget

(Video added using WordPress video widget)

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

WordPress Audio Widget

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

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

Add an audio widget to your sidebar

(Add an audio widget to your sidebar)

Click the ‘Add Audio’ button…

WordPress Audio Widget - Add Audio button

(WordPress Audio Widget – Add Audio button)

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

Select your audio file

(Select your audio file)

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

Save the audio file on your audio widget

(Save the audio file on your audio widget)

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

Audio file added to your site using the WordPress Audio Widget

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

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

Adding A Newsfeed Section

Now, let’s add An RSS widget to your sidebar navigation section.

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

RSS Widget settings

(RSS Widget settings)

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

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

WordPress RSS Widget on sidebar

(RSS Widget added to sidebar)

The example 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:

Add A Tag Cloud Widget

Now, let’s add A Tag Cloud widget to the sidebar.

Important Info

Tags appearing in the Tag Cloud widget can be found in the Tags section …

WordPress Tags area

(Tags screen)

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

WordPress Tag Cloud Widget

(WordPress Tag Cloud Widget)

There’s 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 …

Tag Cloud Widget settings

(Tag Cloud Widget settings)

Your Tag cloud will now display on the sidebar …

Tag Cloud widget set to display tags

(Tag cloud displaying post tags)

The screenshot below shows a published Tag Cloud widget configured for showing Categories instead of Tags

Tag Cloud widget displaying WordPress post categories

(Tag Cloud widget displaying post categories)

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

How To Configure Your WordPress Archives Widget

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

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

The Archives Widget lets your visitors view dated posts …

WordPress Archives Widget

(WordPress Archives Widget)

There’s very little to configure in this widget. You can add a title, and choose whether to display items in the Archives widget as a dropdown menu, and show post counts . Click Save when done …

Archives Widget settings

(WordPress Archives Widget settings)

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

WordPress Archives widget added to sidebar

(WordPress Archives Widget added to sidebar)

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

WordPress Widgets – Useful Tips

Here are some useful ways to use 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:

Overriding Default Widgets

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

For example, this site displays widgets in the blog sidebar …

Overriding Default Widgets

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

How To Override Default Widgets

This is because the above theme is obviously using default widgets.

Once you add one or more widgets to an available widget area, the placeholder widgets will your newly-added widgets will be used instead.

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

Just add a blank text widget to a widget area …

Override Default WordPress Sidebar Widgets

And default widgets will not show in the sidebar/footer section …

How To Override Default Widgets

Widget Accessibility Mode

As we’ve explained in an earlier example, WordPress lets you quickly and easily reorder how information is displayed in widgetized areas of your site sidebars, footers and navigation menus with only a few clicks of your mouse button, using drag-and-drop technology …

Rearranging sidebar layout with widgets can improve visitor experience

(Rearrange sidebar layout with widgets to improve your site’s user experience)

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

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

If, however, you find that you cannot move widgets around using drag-and-drop (e.g. using a mobile device that doesn’t support dragging-and-dropping), then you can still work with widgets if you enable Accessibility Mode.

How To Enable Accessibility Mode For Widgets

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

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

WordPress Widgets Menu

(Widgets Menu)

Select 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

(Switch 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 …

Enable Accessibility Mode For Widgets

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

Enable Accessibility Mode For Widgets

A screen displays the selected widget with options for customizing the widget’s settings, selecting a location to add the widget, and dropdown menus for specifying the position of the widget in your selected location (e.g. position “1”, “2”, “5”, etc.) …

Enabling Widget Accessibility Mode

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

Enabling Accessibility Mode For WordPress Widgets

Click on the Edit link of an active widget …

Enable Widget Accessibility Mode

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

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

Enabling Widget Accessibility Mode

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

Turn off accessibility mode

(Turn off accessibility mode)

How To Create Your Own Sidebar Widgets

Most of the widgets that you will use will either be installed by default when you create a new WordPress site, or be automatically added to your Available Widgets section when you install new plugins on your website.

Here is a simple way to create your own custom sidebar widgets:

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

Creating Your Own Sidebar Widgets

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

Also, don’t worry about saving your Post – all we want is to copy the content HTML so we can paste it into a widget.

To get the content code, click on the Text tab …

Creating Your Own Sidebar Widgets

Select everything inside the editor window and copy it to your clipboard…

Create Your Own Custom Sidebar Widgets

Now, go into your Widgets Area.

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

Creating Your Own Sidebar Widgets

Your custom widget will be added to the sidebar…

How To Create Your Own Sidebar Widgets

(Create your own custom sidebar widgets)

Congratulations! Now you know how to use and configure various WordPress sidebar widgets.

How To Add And Configure Widgets In Your WordPress Sidebar

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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 WordPress Widgets To The Sidebar Navigation MenuIn Part 1 of this step-by-step tutorial, we explained how to use WordPress widgets and in Part Two, you learned how to configure a text widget.

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

Add Categories

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

By default, the Categories widget displays on your sidebar. Place the widget wherever you want your categories to display by clicking and dragging it on your sidebar widget area …

Post Categories Widget

(WordPress Post Categories widget)

Tip

your categories …

WordPress Categories

(Post Categories Panel)

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

Configure the Categories widget settings as shown below:

  • In Title: type something that will make sense to your visitors, like “Choose A Topic…” (1)
  • Check Display as dropdown if you have too many categories (this significantly reduces the length of the content by displaying all categories inside a drop-down menu). Leave the box unchecked if you want a list of all categories to display on the sidebar navigation area. (2)
  • You can 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

(WordPress Categories widget settings)

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

WordPress Categories widget added to sidebar navigation section

(WordPress Categories widget added to sidebar area)

Practical Tip

Tips:

  • Change the default Uncategorized post category to something more meaningful.
  • If you use nested categories on your site, you may want to check the Show hierarchy option, otherwise leave this box unchecked.
  • To display the number of posts published in each category on your site, enable the Show post counts check box …

Category widget options - Post Count Enabled vs Post Count Disabled

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

Add Recent Posts

The Recent Posts widget typically shows on your sidebar by default. All you need to do is configure your widget.

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

Recent Posts widget

(Recent Posts widget)

There is very little to configure in this widget. You can add a title if you want, select the number of posts to display and opt to display post dates. If you’re happy to use the default setting for Number of posts to show, then just leave the widget as is, otherwise enter the number of posts to show and click Save

Recent Posts WordPress widget settings

(Recent Posts widget settings)

Your most recent posts will now display to visitors on your sidebar …

Recent Posts WordPress widget displayed on blog sidebar

(Recent Posts widget added to sidebar)

We provide a tutorial on how to create a WordPress Post here: How To Create A New Post In WordPress

Adding A Pages Widget To The Blog Sidebar Menu

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

Find a Pages widget in the Available Widgets section …

Pages Widget

(WordPress Pages Widget)

Drag the Pages widget to your widget section …

Inserting a Pages widget into the sidebar navigation area

(Dragging and dropping a Pages widget into the sidebar navigation area)

The Pages widget allows you to configure the following options:

  • Title: Add a title to display above your links (e.g. “Pages“) (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 navigation menu (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 one of the other options, then choose a different method in the Sort by: drop-down menu …

WordPress Pages Widget settings - sort options

(Pages Widget settings – sort options)

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

Pages Widget settings - exclude pages

(WordPress Pages Widget settings – excluding pages)

For a step-by-step tutorial on how to find a WordPress post or page ID, go here: How To Find A WordPress Post Or Page ID

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

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

Pages Widget on blog sidebar

(WordPress Pages Widget on blog sidebar)

Useful Tip

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

Display Links On The Sidebar Navigation Section

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

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: How to set up the WordPress Links feature will be covered in other tutorials.

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

WordPress Links Widget

(WordPress Links Widget)

Drag the Links widget to your sidebar …

Making Links Widget active

(Making Links Widget active)

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

WordPress Links Widget Settings

(Links Widget Settings)

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

Add Multiple Links Widgets To 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

(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 …

WordPress 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 to update your settings. Your links will display immediately on your site …

Links added to sidebar area

(Links added to sidebar navigation area)

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 lists of links to the sidebar section.

Adding And Configuring Widgets On 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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Adding And Configuring Widgets On The WordPress SidebarIn Part One of this tutorial series, we cover the basics of how to use widgets in WordPress.

In this section you will configure various frequently-used sidebar widgets in WordPress.

How To Configure Sidebar Widgets

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, RSS feed content, filter content by tags, etc.

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

(In a default WordPress installation, your site comes with a number of active widgets)

How To Configure Commonly-Used Widgets On The Sidebar: Step-By-Step Tutorial

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

  • Adding a clickable Support Contact graphic linking to the contact page.
  • Add a Categories section.
  • Adding a Recent Posts section.
  • Adding a list of your site’s main Pages.
  • Display important Links on the sidebar navigation area.
  • Displaying the latest news with an RSS Feed section.
  • Adding a Tag Cloud section.
  • Configure how your Archived Posts display on the sidebar navigation menu.

The Widgets section is located inside the WordPress dashboard and can easily be accessed from the administration menu by going to Appearance > Widgets

Understanding WordPress For Newbies: About WordPress Widgets

(Widgets Menu)

This brings you to the Widgets section in your browser …

Widgets Area

(Widgets Screen)

Let’s get started …

Adding Text Widgets To The Blog Sidebar

Text widgets are quite useful …

Text widget

(WordPress Text widget)

Important Info

Rich Text Widget

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

Rich Text Widget

(Rich Text Widget)

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

(Format text easily with the new text widget)

A text widget can be used to add lists of favorite items, image links, scripts and more to your site … simply by typing in text or adding HTML into the widget content area. You can also give the widget a title. Remember to save your settings when done …

Text widgets are extremely versatile

(Text widgets are very useful!)

Example: Use A Text Widget To Add A Help Button To The Sidebar Navigation Menu

For this example, we’ll set up a support button on your 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 “help button” graphic image that visitors can click on …

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

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

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

Step 1 – Upload your image.

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

For example …

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

You will use this information in Step 3.

In order for someone to be taken to the contact page when the graphic button is clicked, you must either create a contact page, or have an existing destination page already set up (e.g. a helpdesk). We will link your button graphic to this URL in Step 3

Step 2 – Add your contact page.

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

Use A Text Widget To Add A Clickable Help Button To The Sidebar Navigation Section

Step 3 – Compose your text widget code.

Don’t worry … this sounds a lot more technical than it is. In simple terms, you just need to create the instructions for your clickable image.

Your code can be typed in a plain text editor and will look something like this …

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

  • 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 screenshot below shows the sections of the above sample code that you will need to replace with the actual contact page and image URLs …

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

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

If you need help understanding 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 where you would like your support button to display.

In the Available Widgets area, find a Text widget …

WordPress text widget

(Text widget)

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

Drag and drop your WordPress text widget

(Drag and drop your Text widget)

Step 5 – Configure your text widget settings.

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 save …

WordPress 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 Content box, then click the save button …

WordPress text widget

Important Info

Note: Make sure to check your contact page and button image URLs before pasting scripts into the Text Widget, or your button won’t work.

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

If adding text without formatting tags like paragraph breaks, you may want to tick the Automatically add paragraphs box to wrap each block of text in paragraphs (note: this is not necessary if you’re pasting in HTML content like we’re doing in this tutorial).

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

Automatically add paragraphs box not ticked

(Automatically add paragraphs box not ticked)

Here is some text with Automatically add paragraphs option ticked …

Automatically add paragraphs box checked

(Automatically add paragraphs option checked)

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Step 6 – Refresh the web browser.

Once you have added your text widget and HTML content, visit your site and refresh your web browser. If all links have been entered correctly, then your support button should display in the site’s sidebar menu …

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

(Clickable button widget on blog sidebar)

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

Step 7 – Test the widget.

The final step is to ensure that your destination URL works. Test your button to make sure that visitors will go to your help page when clicking the button. You should be taken to your contact page …

Test your clickable button

(Test the clickable button)

Practical Tip

Text Widgets – Useful Tips:

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Adjust column width or reduce image size)

Extra Tips:

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

Adding WordPress Widgets To The Blog

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