WordPress Widgets – A Practical Guide For Non-Techies

Widgets are one of the main basic buiding blocks of WordPress and one of its most powerful and versatile features.

WordPress Widgets – A Practical Guide For Non-Techies

WordPress Widgets - A Practical Guide For Non-Techies

Widgets are one of the main basic buiding blocks of WordPress and one of its most powerful and versatile features.

This section provides detailed step-by-step tutorials for non-techies that explain what widgets are and provide practical examples of using widgets to enhance your website, display different types of content, add new functionality to your header and footer sections, sidebar menus, and much more!

Click on one of the tutorials below to get started:

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WordPress Widgets Explained

This tutorial explains what WordPress widgets are, how widgets work, and how widgets can help you customize and extend the functionality of your website or blog ...
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How To Use And Configure WordPress Widgets

Learn how to use and configure WordPress widgets on your sidebar. This tutorial explains the basic concepts of using Widgets to extend the functionality of your website and provides an overview of the Widgets area ...
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How To Use And Configure WordPress Widgets – Part 2

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How To Use And Configure WordPress Widgets – Part 3

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How To Use And Configure WordPress Widgets – Part 4

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

In Part Three, we began configuring a number of commonly-used widgets in WordPress.

In this final section, we explain how to complete the tutorial series by configuring a few more commonly-used WordPress sidebar widgets.

Important Info

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

WordPress 4.8 - WordPress Widget Updates

(WordPress 4.8 introduced new widget updates)

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

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

Rich Text Widget

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

Rich Text Widget

(Rich Text Widget)

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

(Format text easily with the new text widget)

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

WordPress Image Widget

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

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

Image Widget

(Image Widget)

Click on ‘Add Image’ …

Let's add an image!

(Let’s add an image!)

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

Select an image

(Select an image)

The image will automatically load into the widget area …

Image added to widget

(Image added to widget)

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

Save your image

(Save your image)

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

Image added to website using image widget

(Image added to website using WordPress image widget)

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

Image Widget - Edit Image

(Image Widget – Edit Image)

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

Link your image to an URL

(Link your image to an URL)

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

Copy image URL to your clipboard

(Copy image URL to your clipboard)

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

Image Widget - Replace image

(Image Widget – Replace image)

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

Add image URL

(Add image URL)

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

Save your new image

(Save your new image)

The new image will now display on your sidebar …

New image added using WordPress image widget

(New image added using WordPress image widget)

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

WordPress Video Widget

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

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

Drag a Video widget to your sidebar

(Drag a Video widget to your sidebar)

Click the ‘Add Video’ button …

Video widget - Add Video

(Video widget – Add Video)

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

Add a video URL

(Add a video URL)

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

WordPress Video Widget - Save Button

(WordPress Video Widget – Save Button)

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

Video added using WordPress video widget

(Video added using WordPress video widget)

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

WordPress Audio Widget

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

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

Add an audio widget to your sidebar

(Add an audio widget to your sidebar)

Click the ‘Add Audio’ button…

WordPress Audio Widget - Add Audio button

(WordPress Audio Widget – Add Audio button)

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

Select your audio file

(Select your audio file)

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

Save the audio file on your audio widget

(Save the audio file on your audio widget)

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

Audio file added to your site using the WordPress Audio Widget

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

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

Add A Newsfeed

Let’s add An RSS widget to the sidebar.

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

WordPress RSS Widget

(WordPress RSS Widget)

Enter the following information into the widget settings:

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

WordPress RSS Widget settings

(WordPress RSS Widget settings)

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

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

WordPress RSS Widget on blog sidebar

(WordPress RSS Widget on sidebar area)

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

RSS Widget settings

(RSS Widget settings)

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

Adding A Tag Cloud To The WordPress Sidebar

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

Useful Information

Tags displayed in your widget can be found in the Tags section …

Tags screen

(Tags area)

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

WordPress Tag Cloud Widget

(WordPress Tag Cloud Widget)

There’s really not much to set up in this widget. You can add a widget title, and choose whether to display items in the tag cloud using Tags or Categories. Click Save when done …

WordPress Tag Cloud Widget settings

(WordPress Tag Cloud Widget settings)

Your Tag cloud will now display on your sidebar …

Tag Cloud widget displaying WordPress tags

(Tag cloud set to display post tags)

The screenshot below shows an Tag Cloud widget set up to show Categories instead of Tags

Tag cloud displaying categories

(Tag Cloud widget displaying post categories)

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

Configuring The WordPress Archives Widget

To complete this tutorial series, we’ll configure the Archives Widget, which is another commonly-used WordPress 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 allows your readers to access WordPress posts that you may have published some months ago …

WordPress Archives Widget

(Archives Widget)

There is very little to configure. You can add a title, and choose whether to display items in your sidebar widget in a dropdown menu, and display the number of posts published each month . Click Save when finished …

WordPress Archives Widget settings

(WordPress Archives Widget settings)

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

WordPress Archives widget displayed on sidebar

(Archives Widget on sidebar)

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

Useful Widget Tips

Here are some useful things to know about WordPress widgets:

Add ‘Visibility’ Function To Widgets

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

Jetpack Widgets

(Jetpack Widgets)

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

Jetpack adds 'Visibility' to all widgets

(Jetpack adds ‘Visibility’ to all widgets)

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

Set conditions to show or hide widgets

(Set conditions to show or hide widgets)

This is a really useful function to have.

For example, you can:

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

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

How To Override Default WordPress Sidebar Widgets

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

For example, the site below shows a couple of widgets in the sidebar …

How To Override Default 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 Widgets

This theme could be using default widgets.

As soon as you add one or more widgets to an active widget area, the other widgets will your selected widgets will be used instead.

Note: If you want nothing to show up in your 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 …

How To Override Default WordPress Sidebar Widgets

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

Override Default Widgets

Widget Accessibility Mode

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

Rearranging sidebar elements using widgets can improve visitor experience

(Reorganizing sidebar layout using widgets can help to improve your site’s user experience)

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

You can rearrange your sidebar layout with widgets to improve user experience.

If, for some reason, you find that you are unable to drag-and-drop widgets around (e.g. using a mobile device that doesn’t support dragging-and-dropping), then you can still work with widgets if you enable Accessibility Mode.

How To Enable Accessibility Mode For Widgets

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

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

WordPress Widgets Menu

(Widgets Menu)

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

Widgets - Screen Options

(WordPress Widgets – Screen Options)

Click on the Enable accessibility mode link …

Switch On accessibility mode

(Switch 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 link respectively …

Enabling Accessibility Mode For Widgets

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

Enable Widget Accessibility Mode

A screen opens up the selected widget with options for customizing its settings, selecting a widget location, with drop-down menus for specifying the position of the widget in the selected location (e.g. position “1”, “3”, “5”, etc.) …

Enable Accessibility Mode For Widgets

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

Enable Widget Accessibility Mode

Click on the Edit link of an active widget …

How To Enable Accessibility Mode For WordPress Widgets

A screen displays your selected widget with options for modifying its settings.

Click Save Widget to return to the Active Widgets section, or click the Delete button to delete the widget from the Active Widgets section …

Enable Accessibility Mode For Widgets

Click on Disable accessibility mode in the Screen Options section to go back to using drag-and-drop …

Disable accessibility mode

(Turn off accessibility mode)

Creating Your Own Sidebar Widgets – An Easy 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 website.

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

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

Creating Your Own Custom Sidebar Widgets

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

Also, don’t worry about publishing your Post – all we are really looking for is the content to paste into the custom widget.

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

Creating Your Own Sidebar Widgets

Select and copy everything to your clipboard…

How To Create Your Own Custom Sidebar Widgets

Now, go into your Widgets Area.

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

Creating Your Own Sidebar Widgets

Your new widget will be added to the sidebar section…

Creating Your Own Custom Sidebar Widgets

(Create your own sidebar widgets)

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

How To Add WordPress Widgets To The Sidebar Area

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How To Use And Configure WordPress Widgets – Part 3

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

Using WordPress WidgetsIn Part 1 of this tutorial, we explained how to use widgets in WordPress and in Part 2, we explained how to configure text widgets.

In this section we are going to show you how to configure other sidebar widgets.

Adding Categories

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

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

Categories Widget

(WordPress Post Categories widget)

Tip

your categories …

Post Categories

(WordPress Categories Panel)

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

Let’s 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 plan to add many categories (this significantly reduces the size of the widget content by displaying all categories in a drop-down menu). Leave the box unticked if you want a list of all categories to display on the sidebar. (2)
  • You can leave the other options as the default, or see the additional notes on configuring the Categories widget below.
  • Click Save when finished …

WordPress Categories Widget settings

(Categories widget settings)

Click Visit Site or refresh your page to see how the sidebar categories will look to your blog readers …

WordPress Categories widget added to sidebar navigation menu

(WordPress Categories widget added to sidebar navigation menu)

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 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 A Recent Posts Widget

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

Click on its title bar to display the configuration settings …

Recent Posts widget

(Recent Posts WordPress widget)

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

Recent Posts widget settings

(Recent Posts widget settings)

Your most recent posts will appear on your sidebar area …

Recent Posts widget displayed on blog sidebar

(Recent Posts WordPress widget displayed on blog sidebar)

Creating a new WordPress Post is explained here: How To Create A New Post In WordPress

Display Your Site’s Main Pages In The WordPress Sidebar Navigation Menu

Next, let’s add a widget to your sidebar showing links to your site’s pages.

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

(Inserting a Pages widget into the sidebar)

The Pages widget lets you configure the following options:

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

Pages Widget settings

(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 select a different method from the Sort by: drop-down menu …

Pages Widget settings - sort options

(Pages Widget settings – sorting options)

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

WordPress Pages Widget settings - exclude pages

(WordPress Pages Widget settings – exclude pages by ID)

A step-by-step tutorial is provided on finding a WordPress page ID here: How To Locate Page And Post IDs In Your WP Site

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

Links to your main pages will now appear on your sidebar area …

WordPress Pages Widget on blog sidebar

(WordPress Pages Widget on blog sidebar)

Useful Tip

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

Display Links On Your WordPress Sidebar

Next, we’ll add a widget to your WordPress sidebar menu for displaying external links (e.g. to useful resources, affiliate links, etc).

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

WordPress Links screen

(WordPress Links section)

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

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

WordPress Links Widget

(Links Widget)

Drag it 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 …

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 WordPress Links Widgets To Your Sidebar

(Add Multiple Links Widgets To Your Sidebar Area)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Links added to WordPress sidebar navigation menu

(Links added to WordPress sidebar)

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

Adding Widgets To The Sidebar

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This is the end of section 3 of this series of tutorials on using WordPress widgets.

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