One of the coolest things about WordPress blogs is how easily you can personalize them, and one of the easiest ways to do that is by using WordPress sidebar widgets.
What are widgets?
From WPBeginner: “A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user.”
So, all those things you see over on my sidebar? They were created using widgets. Widgets don’t only go in sidebars though, they can go in any widget optimized section, like your footer and even in the header of some themes.
I wrote a pretty good post about how to use widgets a while back, so I’m not going to rehash it all here. Instead, I’m going to do a little round-up of helpful posts about widgets.
- Blogging 101: Making Sense of WordPress Widgets (This is my post)
- WPBeginner – What Is: Widgets
- How to Hide WordPress Widgets On Mobile Devices
- 8 Useful WordPress Widgets for Your Site
- How to Hide WordPress Widgets On Specific Pages
- 25 Most Useful WordPress Widgets
- 26 Widgets to Dress Up Your WordPress Sidebar
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