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How To Use And Configure WordPress Widgets – Part 3

In Part One of this step-by-step tutorial series, we explained how to use WordPress widgets and in Part 2, you learned how to configure a text widget.

In this section you are going to configure other frequently-used widgets.

Add Categories To Your Sidebar Navigation Area

Now that you have set up a text widget containing a help button, let’s configure a widget to display Post Categories on the sidebar section.

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

(Post Categories widget)

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

(Post Categories Screen)

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

Configure your Categories widget settings as described below:

(Configuring a WordPress Categories widget)

Click Visit Site or refresh the page to see how your Categories widget will display to your visitors …

(WordPress Categories widget added to sidebar navigation area)

Tips:

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

Add A Recent Posts Widget

The Recent Posts widget normally shows in the sidebar navigation section by default. All you need to do is configure this widget.

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

(Recent Posts WordPress widget)

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

(Recent Posts WordPress widget settings)

Your most recent posts will be listed on the sidebar area …

(Recent Posts WordPress widget on sidebar)

We provide a tutorial that show you how to create posts in WordPress here: How To Create A WordPress Post

Displaying Your Site’s Main Pages In Your WordPress Sidebar Navigation Menu

Next, let’s add a widget to your sidebar for listing pages.

Find a Pages widget in the Available Widgets section …

(Pages Widget)

Drag the Pages widget to your sidebar widget section …

(Dragging and dropping a Pages widget into your sidebar)

The Pages widget allows you to configure the following options:

(Pages Widget settings)

By default, pages are displayed by title in alphabetical order. If you want to display pages using another option, then select a different method in the Sort by: drop-down menu …

(Pages Widget settings – sorting options)

To exclude certain pages from showing in your sidebar, simply paste in the Page Ids for the pages you would like to exclude separated by commas into the Exclude field of the Pages widget …

(WordPress Pages Widget settings – exclude pages by ID)

To learn how to find a WordPress post or page ID, see this tutorial: How To Locate The Unique ID Of Pages And Posts In WordPress

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

Links to your pages will now appear in your sidebar …

(WordPress Pages Widget on sidebar)

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

Display Links On Your WordPress Blog Sidebar

Next, we’ll add a Links widget to your sidebar navigation menu.

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

(WordPress Links screen)

Note: We plan to create separate step-by-step tutorials on how to use WordPress Links.

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

(Links Widget)

Drag the widget to your sidebar area …

(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 the sidebar …

(WordPress Links Widget Settings)

You can add as many separate ‘Link Widgets’ to your 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 Your Sidebar Menu)

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

(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)

When you have finished configuring the Links Widget, click the Save button. Your widget will become immediately visible on your sidebar navigation menu …

(External 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 lists of links to your WordPress sidebar.

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This is the end of part 3 of this series of tutorials on how to use WordPress widgets.

To continue reading, click here:

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