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How To Use And Configure WordPress Widgets – Part 3

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

In this tutorial you are going to configure other WordPress blog widgets.

Adding A Categories Widget

Now that you have set up a text widget containing a clickable support button, let’s configure a widget to display Categories.

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

(WordPress Post Categories widget)

Before adding a Categories widget to the sidebar, we recommend configuring the Post Categoriesfeature inside your WP dashboard …

(Post Categories)

Note: Configuring and using WordPress categories will be explained in separate tutorials.

Let’s configure the Categories settings for this widget as described below:

(Configuring a WordPress Categories widget)

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

(WordPress Categories widget added to sidebar area)

Tips:

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

Add A Recent Posts Section To Your Sidebar Area

The Recent Posts widget displays on the sidebar navigation section by default. All you need to do is configure the widget.

Click on its title bar to configure its settings …

(Recent Posts widget)

There is very little to configure. You can add a title, select the number of posts to display and opt to 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 displayed on sidebar section)

A tutorial is provided on how to create and edit a WordPress Post here: How To Create A New WordPress Post

Adding Links To Your Site’s Main Pages

Next, we’ll add a widget to your sidebar section for listing pages.

Find a Pages widget in the Available Widgets section …

(Pages Widget)

Drag the Pages widget to your sidebar widget area …

(Adding a Pages widget to the 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 one of the other options, then select a different method from the Sort by: drop-down menu …

(Pages Widget settings – item sorting options)

To exclude certain pages from displaying in the widget, type or paste in the Page Ids for the pages you would like to exclude separated by commas into the Exclude field of the widget …

(Pages Widget settings – exclude pages)

We provide a step-by-step tutorial on how to find a WordPress post or page ID here: How To Locate WordPress Page And Post IDs

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

Links to your site’s main pages will now show in the sidebar …

(Pages Widget on blog sidebar)

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

Display Links On Your Blog Sidebar

Next, let’s add a widget to your WordPress sidebar navigation section for displaying external links (e.g. to useful resources, affiliate links, etc).

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

(WordPress Links section)

Note: We are currently putting together tutorials on how to set up and use the Links feature in WordPress.

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

(Links Widget)

Drag it to your sidebar …

(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 …

(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 Links Widgets To Your 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)

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 your Links Widget, click the Save button. Your links will become immediately visible on your WordPress sidebar …

(Links added to WordPress sidebar navigation area)

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 WordPress sidebar.

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This is the end of part three of this series of tutorials about how to use Widgets.

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