What is a widget?
WordPress Widgets add material and functions to your Sidebars. Here are the standard widgets that come with WordPress; for post categories, tag clouds, navigation, search, etc. Plug-ins will often add their own widgets. Widgets were initially developed to offer a simple and easy-to-use way of providing style and framework management of the theme to the customer, which is now available on effectively “widgetized” WordPress themes to include the header, footer, and elsewhere in the WordPress theme and framework. Widgets need no coding experience or skills. They can be included, deleted and changed on the WordPress Administration Appearance > Widgets board. The order and positioning is set by the WordPress theme in the functions.php file.
WordPress widgets seem to be shortcode’s poor relatives. Perhaps it’s because they are a little more “black box”, a little more difficult to code or thought of just a sidebar. However, since widgets can now be arranged using a drag-and-drop method, it has become a more essential device in the WordPress site developing procedure for beginners and experts alike. Learning how to develop your own WordPress widgets is going to allow you to make websites that are quick to develop and easy to handle.
How do you use widgets?
You can find the Widgets section in your dashboard, simply select the ‘Appearance’ option on the left side. Check the screen shot below.
To place a widget in the website, all you have to do is to drag and drop a specific widget from the left-hand side, to the ‘Widget Area’ on the right-hand side.
Or, you can also click the Add option of the widget and set the settings of the widget to where it will be displayed. Refer to the picture below.
Some widgets have their own unique options and some have generic ones. In this example, we are using the calendar widget. You can set the title of the widget so that you can easily identify it later on. Once you’ve done that, you can choose which section in the website the calendar will appear. After you have set the settings of the widget, make sure to click on save widget for the settings to take effect. (Refer to the picture below)
The widgets will change rearrange around wherever you position your choice. You can also reorder them as much as you like by pulling them up or down. The icons you wish to use and the order they appear will directly reflect in the appearance of your home-page.
There are several common widgets that appear in WordPress sites and the Search bar is one of them. This is the most common and most useful widget since it allows site viewers to quickly navigate through the site by just typing in a specific word or term. Another common widget being used by developers is are the Social Media widgets. There are several widgets available depending on the theme and plugins you use. These widgets will usually link you their social media sites.
Widgets are really what make a WordPress site unique. You can think of them as the icing on the cake. It’s up to you how to maximize them to make your website’s appearance and functionality a lot more fun and unique.