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How To Use And Configure WordPress Widgets – Part 3

In Part 1 of this step-by-step tutorial, we explained how to use WordPress widgets and in Part 2, you learned how to configure a text widget.

In this tutorial we will continue configuring other frequently-used sidebar widgets.

Add A Post Categories Section To The Sidebar

Now that you know how to set up a text widget containing a clickable support button, let’s configure a widget for displaying Post Categories on the sidebar navigation section.

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

(WordPress Categories widget)

Before adding a Categories widget to your sidebar navigation section, you should first configure your categories inside your WP dashboard …

(WordPress Categories)

Note: We are currently putting together tutorials on how to set up WordPress categories.

Let’s configure the Categories settings for your widget as shown below:

(WordPress Categories widget settings)

Load the site in your browser or refresh the page to see how your content will look to your blog readers …

(Categories widget added to sidebar navigation area)

Tips:

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

Add A Recent Posts Section To The Blog Sidebar

The Recent Posts widget normally displays on your sidebar area by default. All you need to do is configure this widget.

Click on its widget title bar to display the configuration settings …

(Recent Posts widget)

There is really not much to set up in this widget. You can add a title if you want, select the number of posts to display and display post dates. If you’re happy 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 when done …

(Recent Posts widget settings)

Your most recent posts will display on the sidebar …

(Recent Posts WordPress widget added to sidebar section)

For a step-by-step tutorial on how to create and edit WordPress Posts, go here: How To Create A WP Post

Adding A Pages Widget

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

Find a Pages widget in the Available Widgets section …

(WordPress Pages Widget)

Drag the Pages widget to your widget area …

(Inserting a Pages widget into the sidebar area)

The Pages widget lets you configure the following options:

(Pages Widget settings)

By default, pages will be listed by title in alphabetical order. If you want to display pages using another option, then choose a different method from the Sort by: drop-down menu …

(WordPress Pages Widget settings – sort options)

To prevent pages from displaying to visitors, type in the Page Ids for all the pages you would like excluded separated by commas into the Exclude field of the Pages widget …

(WordPress Pages Widget settings – excluding pages by ID)

For a tutorial about how to find a WordPress post or page ID, go here: How To Find A WP Post Or Page ID

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

Links to your site’s main pages will now appear on the sidebar navigation area …

(Pages Widget on sidebar)

Tip: You can add multiple Pages widgets to your sidebar. This is helpful if you want to display different groups of pages on your sidebar area (e.g. “Products”, “Legal Pages” etc.)

Display Links On Your WordPress Sidebar Navigation Menu

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

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

(WordPress Links section)

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

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

(WordPress Links Widget)

Drag it 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 your sidebar navigation section …

(Links Widget Settings)

You can add as many separate ‘Link Widgets’ to your sidebar navigation section 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 Navigation Area)

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)

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)

When you have finished configuring the Links Widget, click the Save button …

(Links added to WordPress 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 the sidebar.

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