Step 4: Installing Widgets On Your WordPress Website

Widgets have many, many different functions. They give you the ability to do all kinds of things you wouldn’t be able to do without them. This is similar to what a plugin does, BUT, trust me when I tell you that there’re some SERIOUS differences you’ll find when you compare and contrast the two of them. They’re really a whole different ballgame. Plugins are considered more important overall. They even have their own tab, where widgets on the other hand, are in the Appearance sub-tab. Another difference between plugins and widgets, is that with widgets, you change the way your site looks, whereas with plugins, they can change the way it looks, but often, they run behind the scenes, not changing the front-end UI at all. Plugins also tend to do more than widgets do. The widgets functionality seems to be a bit more limited overall. One example of a widget is the “Search” bar, which pops up a Google search, but a search which only searches your site exclusively. Also, widgets are found on the sidebar of your blog, typically. There are some through that simply aren’t however. Some programs are installed as plugins, but then show up with the rest of your widgets, and can be placed within sidebars in the same way as all the other widgets. Let’s see how we can add new widgets to our blog.

How To Get Widgets Onto Your Blog

Because widgets are put onto your site’s sidebar(s), it matters what your theme is, and how many sidebars it supports. To find out what you have available for sidebars, just click on the Widgets sub-tab, which you’ll find underneath the Appearance tab. When you click on that, you’ll see your sidebars, as well as WordPress’s pre-installed widgets, which come with every WordPress install. Here we find yet another difference between widgets and plugins… there are very few plugins which come pre-installed on WordPress, and yet, there’re several widgets. Adding a widget is quite easy… you just drag and drop the widget into the sidebar you want to put it in, and you’re all done. Your theme determines what you have in the way of sidebars, but, you’ll see that when you click on the Widgets tab. If you play around with these widgets, you’ll find that depending on where you place them, they’ll show up in various locations on your blog. If you’re new to this, it might be helpful to try this with one of your widgets. Try just placing it into a sidebar, and look at where it pops up on your blog. Once you do this, you’ll see where the Primary Sidebar is on your site, for example, and you can do this too with various other sidebars also. This is a good way to find sidebars if there’s nothing there, and you don’t happen know where they are. Removing a widget is really just as simple as adding one. All you have to do is take the widget within the sidebar, and then just drag and drop it into the main area where all the other widgets are… basically, dragging it away from the sidebar it’s in.

Some Great Widgets You Can Install Today

There are several widgets you can use which come standard with each WordPress install. Let’s take a look at a few of them, to give you a good starter’s tutorial to, and you can figure out which ones suit your own needs for your WordPress site. For example, you have the RSS widget. While RSS feeds aren’t as popular as they once were, they’re still very helpful little programs. They allow you to organize new blog posts from various different blogs. By adding this widget, it’ll be a piece of cake for people with RSS feeds to add your site to their feed. And then you have the custom menu widget. This allows you to put a menu within one of your sidebars which is totally customizable. If there are tabs that don’t fit on your sidebar or that you want to put in a different area, then this is a handy tool for that. One of the most useful widgets, is, surprisingly, one of the most simple ones… the Text widget. The purpose of this widget is to put any text you want to within a sidebar, however, it has another important use. You can put HTML code within it as well, which can allow you to add quite a bit within any sidebar. You can also add the Meta widget if you want. This makes it so you can access your dashboard from anywhere on the site where this widget appears. Just like with plugins and themes, there are some widgets which are made by the WP community. These are downloaded as plugins, but they’re actually widgets. Take a look at the Star Rating Widget. This is a Premium widget, and it makes it so that pages, posts, and even comments can optionally have a star-rating attached to them. It’s a very user-friendly plugin as well in my humble opinion. Last, I’d like to take about a widget for YouTubers, known as the YouTube Channel Gallery. It makes it so you can display show off all of your latest videos from your personal YouTube channel (which will be displayed as thumbnails within the galleries). It allows visitors to play any one of those videos right on the spot. Hopefully this has served as a nice beginners guide for you on the use of widgets. There are too many widgets out there to cover in one post of course, but if you take a look for yourself, no doubt you’ll find some which will be of use to you.

So this is the end of my tutorial. I hope I have helped you to build your own website with WordPress. If you need help, feel free to contact me. I will be glad to help. I also offer WordPress web design services. If you want to read some more articles about WordPress, check out my blog. Good luck with your new WP website!

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