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 Widgets To WordPressIn Part 1 of this tutorial series, we explained how to use widgets in WordPress and in Part Two, we explained how to configure a text widget.

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

In this final installment, you are going to conclude this step-by-step tutorial by learning how to configure a few more commonly-used sidebar 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 Section To The Sidebar

Let’s now 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 active area …

RSS Widget

(WordPress RSS Widget)

Enter the following information into the widget settings:

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

RSS Widget settings

(WordPress RSS Widget settings)

Experiment with different options to find the combination that works best for you.

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

WordPress RSS Widget on sidebar

(WordPress RSS Widget displayed on sidebar)

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

RSS Widget settings

(RSS Widget settings)

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

Add A Tag Cloud To Your WordPress Sidebar Navigation Area

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

Important Info

Tags appearing in the Tag Cloud widget are managed in the Tags area …

WordPress Tags area

(WordPress Tags screen)

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

Tag Cloud Widget

(Tag Cloud Widget)

There is not much to set up in this widget. 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 your sidebar section …

Tag Cloud widget set to display post tags

(Tag cloud set to display WordPress post tags)

The example below shows an Tag Cloud widget set to display Categories instead of Tags

Tag cloud displaying WordPress post categories

(Tag Cloud widget displaying categories)

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

Configuring Your WordPress Archives Section In Your Blog Sidebar

To complete this tutorial series, we’ll configure the default Archives Widget, which is a common WordPress widget.

As you continue adding new content to WordPress, your older posts begin to get pushed further down the chronology ladder and become less visible to blog visitors. Your content is still there, it’s just not as visible.

The Archives Widget allows your blog readers to access previously published WordPress posts …

Archives Widget

(Archives Widget)

There is very little to set up in this widget. You can add a widget title, and choose whether to display items in the sidebar as a dropdown menu, and display the number of posts . Click Save when finished …

WordPress Archives Widget settings

(WordPress Archives Widget settings)

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

Archives widget displayed on blog sidebar

(Archives Widget on sidebar)

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

Useful Widget Tips

Here are some useful features of 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 site’s sidebar menu that aren’t listed under your active sidebar in your Appearance > Widgets section, it’s because some themes will display their own default set of widgets until you add widgets to the sidebar.

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

Overriding Default WordPress Sidebar Widgets

If you look inside the Widgets area, however, you will find that no widgets have been added to the active widget areas …

Override Default WordPress Sidebar Widgets

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

As soon as 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 nothing to appear in your sidebar, either use a theme page template without a widgets layout or just add a blank Text widget to your sidebar.

Add a blank text widget …

Override Default Sidebar Widgets

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

Overriding Default WordPress Sidebar Widgets

Accessibility Mode

As we’ve shown you previously, with WordPress you can completely reorder how content is displayed in areas of your website sidebars, footers and navigation menus with only a few clicks of your mouse button, using drag-and-drop technology …

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

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

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

Reorganizing sidebar layout using widgets can improve visitor experience.

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

How To Enable Accessibility Mode For WordPress 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 WordPress admin and go to the Widgets section …

Widgets Menu

(WordPress Widgets Menu)

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

Widgets - Screen Options

(Widgets – Screen Options)

Click on the Enable accessibility mode link …

Switch On accessibility mode

(Turn on accessibility mode)

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

How To Enable Accessibility Mode For Widgets

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

Enabling Widget Accessibility Mode

A screen will display the selected widget with options for customizing the widget’s settings, selecting a widget location, and drop-down menus for specifying the position of the widget in your widget area (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 Cancel to go back to your previous screen …

How To Enable Widget Accessibility Mode

Click on the Edit link of an active widget …

Enabling Widget Accessibility Mode

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

Click Save Widget to return to the Active Widgets screen, or click the Delete button to remove the widget from the Active Widgets area …

How To Enable Widget Accessibility Mode

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

Switch 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 area when you install a new plugin on your site.

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

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

Creating Your Own Sidebar Widgets

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

Also, don’t worry about publishing your Post – all we are after is the code of the content to be pasted into your widget.

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

Create Your Own Custom Sidebar Widgets

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

How To 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

How To Create Your Own Custom Sidebar Widgets

Your custom widget will be added to the sidebar area…

Creating Your Own Sidebar Widgets

(Create your own custom sidebar widgets)

Congratulations! Now you know how to use and configure a number of WordPress sidebar widgets.

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How To Use And Configure WordPress Widgets – Part 3

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

Adding And Configuring WordPress Widgets In Your SidebarIn 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 section you are going to configure other frequently-used widgets.

Add A Post Categories Widget

Now that you know how to configure a text widget containing a support button, let’s configure a widget for displaying Categories on your sidebar navigation menu.

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

Post Categories Widget

(WordPress Categories widget)

Practical Tip

your your WordPress categories …

WordPress Categories

(Categories)

Note: We are currently putting together tutorials on how to use categories in WordPress.

Let’s configure your categories settings as described below:

  • In Title: type something that your visitors will understand, 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 unticked if you want a list of all categories to display on your sidebar navigation section. (2)
  • Leave the default settings for the remaining options, or see the additional notes on configuring this widget below.
  • Click Save when done …

Configuring a WordPress Categories Widget

(Configuring a WordPress Categories widget)

Click Visit Site or reload your page to see how your sidebar categories will display to site visitors …

WordPress Categories widget added to sidebar area

(WordPress Categories widget added to sidebar)

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

Category widget options - Post Count Enabled vs Post Count Disabled

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

Add A Recent Posts Section

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

Click on the widget title bar to configure its settings …

Recent Posts widget

(Recent Posts WordPress widget)

There is very little to set up here. You can add a title, select the number of posts to display and 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 change the number of posts and click Save when done …

Recent Posts widget settings

(Recent Posts WordPress widget settings)

Your most recent posts will appear on the sidebar navigation menu …

Recent Posts WordPress widget displayed on sidebar

(Recent Posts WordPress widget on sidebar)

To learn how to create a WordPress Post, see this step-by-step tutorial: How To Create A New WordPress Post

Add A Pages Widget To Your Sidebar Section

Next, we’ll add a widget to your sidebar section showing links to your pages.

Find a Pages widget in the Available Widgets section …

WordPress Pages Widget

(WordPress Pages Widget)

Drag the Pages widget to your sidebar widget section …

Adding a Pages widget to the sidebar menu

(Inserting a Pages widget into the sidebar navigation area)

The Pages widget lets you configure the following settings:

  • Title: Add a title to display above your links (e.g. “Site Information“) (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 hide pages on the sidebar (3) …

Pages Widget settings

(Pages Widget settings)

By default, pages will be listed 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 …

Pages Widget settings - sort options

(WordPress Pages Widget settings – sort options)

To prevent 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

(Pages Widget settings – excluding pages by ID)

To learn how to find a WordPress post or page ID, see this tutorial: 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 site’s pages will now display in the sidebar area …

WordPress Pages Widget on sidebar

(Pages Widget on sidebar)

Useful Tip

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

Add Links To Your WordPress Sidebar Menu

Now, let’s add a Links widget for displaying external links on your sidebar navigation menu.

Before adding a Links widget to the sidebar navigation area, we recommend configuring your Links feature inside your WP dashboard …

WordPress Links screen

(WordPress Links screen)

Note: Configuring and using the WordPress Links feature will be covered in other tutorials.

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

WordPress Links Widget

(WordPress Links Widget)

Drag it to your sidebar area …

Make 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

(WordPress 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 Navigation Menu

(Add Multiple 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

(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 your Links Widget, click the Save button. Your widget will become immediately visible on your WordPress sidebar navigation area …

Links added to WordPress sidebar section

(Links added to sidebar)

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 navigation menu.

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