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 WordPress Widgets To Your BlogIn Part One of this tutorial series, we explained how to use WordPress widgets and in Part 2, you learned how to configure a text widget.

In Part 3, we began configuring various commonly-used WordPress widgets.

In this final section, you are going to learn how to complete the tutorial series by configuring a few more frequently-used WordPress widgets.

Important Info

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

WordPress 4.8 - WordPress Widget Updates

(WordPress 4.8 introduced new widget updates)

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

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

Rich Text Widget

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

Rich Text Widget

(Rich Text Widget)

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

(Format text easily with the new text widget)

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

WordPress Image Widget

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

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

Image Widget

(Image Widget)

Click on ‘Add Image’ …

Let's add an image!

(Let’s add an image!)

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

Select an image

(Select an image)

The image will automatically load into the widget area …

Image added to widget

(Image added to widget)

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

Save your image

(Save your image)

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

Image added to website using image widget

(Image added to website using WordPress image widget)

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

Image Widget - Edit Image

(Image Widget – Edit Image)

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

Link your image to an URL

(Link your image to an URL)

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

Copy image URL to your clipboard

(Copy image URL to your clipboard)

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

Image Widget - Replace image

(Image Widget – Replace image)

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

Add image URL

(Add image URL)

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

Save your new image

(Save your new image)

The new image will now display on your sidebar …

New image added using WordPress image widget

(New image added using WordPress image widget)

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

WordPress Video Widget

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

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

Drag a Video widget to your sidebar

(Drag a Video widget to your sidebar)

Click the ‘Add Video’ button …

Video widget - Add Video

(Video widget – Add Video)

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

Add a video URL

(Add a video URL)

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

WordPress Video Widget - Save Button

(WordPress Video Widget – Save Button)

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

Video added using WordPress video widget

(Video added using WordPress video widget)

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

WordPress Audio Widget

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

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

Add an audio widget to your sidebar

(Add an audio widget to your sidebar)

Click the ‘Add Audio’ button…

WordPress Audio Widget - Add Audio button

(WordPress Audio Widget – Add Audio button)

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

Select your audio file

(Select your audio file)

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

Save the audio file on your audio widget

(Save the audio file on your audio widget)

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

Audio file added to your site using the WordPress Audio Widget

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

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

Add A Newsfeed Section To The WordPress Sidebar Navigation Menu

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

RSS Widget settings

(WordPress RSS Widget settings)

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

The example below shows an RSS widget configured as per the settings shown above …

WordPress RSS Widget on blog sidebar

(RSS Widget on sidebar navigation area)

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

WordPress RSS Widget settings

(RSS Widget settings)

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

Adding A Tag Cloud Widget

Let’s now add a widget to display tags on your sidebar.

Important

Tags appearing in your Tag Cloud widget are listed in the Tags area …

WordPress Tags area

(WordPress Tags screen)

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

Tag Cloud Widget

(Tag Cloud Widget)

There is very little to set up here. You can add a title, and choose whether to display items in the tag cloud using Tags or Categories. Click Save when done …

WordPress Tag Cloud Widget settings

(Tag Cloud Widget settings)

Your Tag cloud will now display on your sidebar area …

Tag cloud set to display WordPress post tags

(Tag Cloud widget displaying tags)

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

Tag Cloud widget set to display post categories

(Tag Cloud widget set to display WordPress post categories)

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

Configuring Your Archives Widget In Your Sidebar Area

To complete this tutorial, we’ll configure the default Archives Widget, which is another commonly-used 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 access WordPress posts that you may have published a while back …

Archives Widget

(Archives Widget)

There is really not much to set up here. You can add a title, and choose whether to display items in the sidebar area as a dropdown menu, and display the number of posts published each month . Click Save when done …

WordPress Archives Widget settings

(Archives Widget settings)

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

WordPress Archives widget displayed on sidebar

(WordPress Archives Widget on sidebar)

Now that you know how to configure a number of widgets on your WordPress site, let’s explore some other useful aspects of using 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:

Overriding Default Widgets

If you see widgets appearing on your site’s sidebar menu 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 unless you add widgets to the sidebar.

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

Overriding Default Sidebar Widgets

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

Overriding Default Sidebar Widgets

The theme above is 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 don’t want anything to display in the sidebar, either use a theme page template without a widgets section or just add a blank Text widget to your sidebar.

Add a blank text widget to a widget area …

Override Default WordPress Sidebar Widgets

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

How To Override Default Sidebar Widgets

Widget Accessibility Mode

As we’ve explained in an earlier example, with WordPress you can easily reorganize how content displays in widgetized areas of your website or blog, like sidebars, footers and navigation menus with only a few clicks of your mouse button, using drag-&-drop technology …

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

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

In the above screenshot, for example, you can see that we have easily rearranged the sidebar by switching 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.

You can reorganize your sidebar layout using widgets to 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), then you can still work with widgets by enabling Accessibility Mode.

Enabling Widget Accessibility Mode

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

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

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 link to enable accessibility mode …

Enable accessibility mode

(Turn on accessibility mode)

Once the feature has been enabled, the widgets in the Available Widgets section will display an Add link, and the widgets in the Active Widgets section will display an Edit link …

Enable Accessibility Mode For WordPress 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 will display the selected widget with options for customizing the widget’s settings, selecting the widget location, plus dropdown menus that let you specify the position of the widget in your selected location (e.g. position “1”, “3”, “5”, etc.) …

Enabling Widget Accessibility Mode

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

How To Enable Widget Accessibility Mode

Click on the Edit link of an active widget …

How To Enable Accessibility Mode For WordPress Widgets

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 delete the widget from the Active Widgets section …

How To Enable Widget Accessibility Mode

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

Turn off accessibility mode

(Disable accessibility mode)

Create Your Own Custom Sidebar Widgets – A Simple Cheat

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

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

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

Creating Your Own Sidebar Widgets

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

Also, don’t worry about saving your Post – all we really need is to copy the content to be pasted into the widget.

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

Create Your Own Custom 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 navigation area…

Creating Your Own Custom Sidebar Widgets

(Create your own sidebar widgets)

Congratulations! Now you know how to use and configure several frequently-used sidebar widgets.

Adding And Configuring Widgets On 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 And Configure Widgets In WordPressIn Part One of this tutorial, we explained how to use WordPress widgets and in Part Two, we explained how to configure a text widget.

In this tutorial you will learn how to configure other default blog widgets.

Adding A Post Categories Section To The Blog Sidebar

Now that you know how to configure a text widget containing a support button, let’s configure Categories.

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

Categories Widget

(Post Categories widget)

Useful Tip

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

Post Categories Screen

(WordPress Post Categories)

Note: We are currently putting together tutorials on using WordPress categories.

Configure your Categories widget settings as described below:

  • In Title: type something that will make sense to visitors, for example, “Choose A Topic…” (1)
  • Check Display as dropdown if you plan to have several categories (this significantly reduces the length of the widget content by displaying all categories in a drop-down menu). Leave the box unchecked if you want a list of all categories to display on your sidebar. (2)
  • Leave the remaining options unchecked, or see the additional notes on configuring the Categories widget below.
  • Click Save to update your settings …

Configuring a Categories Widget

(Configuring a Categories widget)

Click Visit Site or reload your page to see how your sidebar categories will display to blog readers …

Categories widget added to sidebar navigation menu

(WordPress 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 box, otherwise leave this section as is.
  • To display the number of posts published in each category on your site, enable the Show post counts check box …

Category widget options - Post Count Enabled vs Post Count Disabled

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

Add Recent Posts To Your Blog Sidebar

The Recent Posts widget normally appears on your sidebar by default. All you need to do is configure the widget.

Click on the Recent Posts widget title bar to configure its settings …

Recent Posts WordPress widget

(Recent Posts WordPress widget)

There’s really not much to set up in this widget. You can add a widget title, select the number of posts to display and display post dates. If you want to use the default Number of posts to show setting, 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 appear on your sidebar …

Recent Posts widget on sidebar navigation area

(Recent Posts WordPress widget displayed on sidebar)

To learn how to create WordPress Posts, see this tutorial: How To Create A New Post In WordPress

Display Your Site’s Main Pages In The WordPress Blog Sidebar

Next, let’s add a widget to your sidebar navigation menu linking visitors to your pages.

Find a Pages widget in the Available Widgets section …

WordPress Pages Widget

(Pages Widget)

Drag the Pages widget to your widget area …

Dragging and dropping a Pages widget into the sidebar

(Adding a Pages widget to the sidebar menu)

The Pages widget allows you to configure the following options:

  • Title: Add a title to display above your links (e.g. “Site Info“) (1)
  • Sort by: Sort how your pages display: by title (i.e. alphabetically), by page order, or page ID. (2)
  • Exclude: Use this setting to prevent pages from showing on the sidebar (3) …

WordPress 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 from the Sort by: drop-down menu …

WordPress Pages Widget settings - sort options

(Pages Widget settings – sort options)

To prevent pages from showing in your sidebar, type or paste in 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)

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

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

Links to the main pages will now display in the sidebar section …

WordPress Pages Widget on sidebar

(WordPress Pages Widget on blog sidebar)

Useful Tip

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

Display Links On Your WordPress Sidebar Area

Now, let’s add a Links widget to display external links on the WordPress sidebar.

Before adding the Links widget to the sidebar section, you should first configure your Links feature inside the WP dashboard …

WordPress Links screen

(WordPress Links screen)

Note: Setting up and using the WordPress Links feature will be covered in separate tutorials.

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

WordPress Links Widget

(WordPress Links Widget)

Drag the widget 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 the sidebar section …

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 Links Widgets To The Sidebar

(Add Multiple WordPress Links Widgets To The Sidebar Navigation Menu)

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

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

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

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

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

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

When you have finished configuring your Links Widget, click the Save button to update your settings. Your widget will display immediately on your site …

Links added to WordPress sidebar

(Links added to sidebar section)

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

Adding WordPress Widgets To Your Sidebar

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How To Use And Configure WordPress Widgets – Part 2

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

Adding WordPress Widgets To The Sidebar MenuIn Part 1 of this step-by-step tutorial, we explained the basics of using widgets in WordPress.

In this tutorial you are going to begin configuring a number of WordPress sidebar widgets.

Configuring Widgets

By default, your site comes with several preinstalled active widgets, such as widgets for displaying external links, recent posts, RSS feed content, adding site 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 built-in widgets)

How To Add Frequently-Used Sidebar Widgets To WordPress: Step-By-Step Tutorial

In this tutorial series, we are going to add, configure and reorder s number of WordPress widgets, including:

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

The Widgets area is located in the WP dashboard and can be accessed from the dashboard menu by choosing Appearance > Widgets

Understanding WordPress For Newbies: About WordPress Widgets

(Widgets Menu)

This loads the Widgets screen into your browser …

Widgets Area

(Widgets Screen)

Let’s start configuring some widgets …

Adding Text Widgets

Text widgets are quite useful …

Text widget

(Text widget)

Useful Info

Rich Text Widget

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

Rich Text Widget

(Rich Text Widget)

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

(Format text easily with the new text widget)

A text widget lets you insert just about anything you want into the sidebar section or other widget sections, such as events, image links, forms and more to your site … simply type in text or paste HTML into the content area. You can also give the widget a title. Remember to save your settings when done …

Text widgets are versatile

(A text widget is very useful!)

Example: Using A Text Widget To Add A Support Button To The Sidebar Menu

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

First, create or source a graphic image that you will use on your own site …

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

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

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

Step 1 – Upload your image.

To display the image on your site, first you must upload the graphic image to a folder on your server and note the URL pointing to your server’s image location.

For example …

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

This information will be used in Step 3.

For someone to go to the contact page when they click on the help button, you will need to either create a contact page, or have an existing destination page already set up (e.g. a helpdesk). We will then link the button graphic to this URL in Step 3

Step 2 – Create a contact page.

Create a contact page and note the page URL …

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

Step 3 – Create 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 linking your button image to your contact page.

Your code can be composed in a plain text editor and should look something like this …

Use A Text Widget To Add A Clickable Support Button To The Sidebar Navigation Area

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

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

Replace the above URLs and then copy 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 panel …

Activate or deactivate widgets using drag and drop

(Widgets Screen)

Step 4 – Add a Text widget.

Add a Text widget to your sidebar where you would like your button to display.

In the Available Widgets area, select a Text widget …

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

(Dragging and dropping your Text widget)

Step 5 – Configure the widget.

Click on the Text 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 title to the widget if you want (e.g. “Need Help?”, “Support”, etc.) and paste the code with the correct destination links into the large text box, then click the save button …

Text widget

Info

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

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

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

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

Automatically add paragraphs option unchecked

(Automatically add paragraphs option not ticked)

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

Automatically add paragraphs option selected

(Automatically add paragraphs option checked)

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Step 6 – Refresh your web browser.

Once you have added your text widget and HTML content, go to the front end of your site and refresh the web browser. If all links have been entered correctly, then the support button should display at the top of the site’s sidebar menu …

Add A Contact Button To Your Sidebar Section Using A Text Widget

(Clickable support button widget on sidebar)

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

Step 7 – Test your button.

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

Test your text widget to make sure you've set up everything correctly

(Test your clickable button)

Practical Tip

Text Widgets – Useful Tips:

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

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

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

Use A Text Widget To Add A Clickable Help Button To The Sidebar Area - open in new window

When inserting images into your sidebar area, 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 may display different column widths depending on their templates and layout. Some sidebars are wide and some are narrow. If the sidebar of your theme is narrower than the width of the graphic image, then you may have to either adjust the size of your images, or the column width to make the images display correctly on your sidebar section.

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

(Adjust column width or reduce image size)

Additional Tips:

  • If you don’t want to center your button image inside your sidebar, delete the <center> and </center> tags from the beginning and end of the HTML code. The image will then be aligned to its default settings (normally left-aligned).
  • Link the contact button to any destination you like (e.g. to an external site, helpdesk, forum, etc.) and change this anytime by editing the links inside your text widget.

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