WordPress widgets allow you to put chunks of information in your sidebar or other places on your site very easily. They are similar to Blogger’s Gadgets.
There are all kinds of widgets. Here is a basic explanation.
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Your widgets are items that go in your blog’s sidebars or footers or other places in your theme. Sidebar widgets are the most common. To manage your widgets:
- Go to Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets.
- Drag and drop your desired widgets from the “Available Widgets” section on the left side of your screen, into the appropriate area on the right side of your screen (sidebar, footer, etc.). If you are unable to slide a widget into a section, click the down arrow to open it up.
- Configure your widget with a title and your choice of settings (if available). Note, you do not have to use a title.
- Click the Save button in each individual widget.
- Return to your blog and refresh. It should be there!
- If you’d like to remove a widget from your site, but think you might want to use it at a later time, simply drag it into the “Inactive Widgets” section at the bottom of your widgets screen in the Dashboard.
- The number and types of widgets available will depend on your WordPress theme. Here’s how to choose a theme and the one I use.