Managing Widgets in WordPress

February 15, 2012

Many people believe that WordPress is complicated, and thus decide not to use WordPress for their blogging or website platform.  Here, you will see just how easy WordPress can be, as it is very innovative in the field of website platforms, and you, too, may change your mind, as WordPress truly is the most user-friendly and search-engine-friendly blogging platform available.

The developers of WordPress understand the dilemma that most bloggers face, and they have come up with solutions for these dilemmas.  One example of this is the introduction of the WordPress widget.  This collection of widgets allows users to customize their sites without having to know a single thing about programming code.  All you need to do upon finding the widgets that you need is to drag a needed widget and drop it in the sidebar where you need it.  For instance, if you need a widget for your posts, you would drag it and drop it in the Posts section of your dashboard.  The following information will further explain exactly how this is done.

From your Dashboard, you will find your sidebar, usually on the left hand side of your screen, that is made up of each of the sections of your site, such as Posts, Pages, Categories, and so on.  Each of these sections of your WordPress site are composed of widgets.  Widgets are plugins that each have different functions.  These functions aid you in putting content on your blog or site easily, without having to understand the coding process.  Because each widget has its own function, it is best to learn about the more common widgets before proceeding with adding any to your site.

How to Manage WordPress Widgets

After you have logged in, and you are at your Dashboard, find the Appearance tab located on the left hand side of your screen, then follow the steps below.

Step 1) click the Appearance tab.  On the Appearance screen that will open, it will show you the theme you are currently using, in addition to many other themes that you can also choose from.  From your current theme, notice how it is built, or in other words, what widgets are a part of it.  Some themes do not have a block for widgets.  You want to be sure that you are using a theme that will allow for the use of widgets.  This way you can build your site exactly as you would have it.  Widgets are crucial for your site’s functionality.

Step 2) click on the Widget menu button.  The Widgets interface should then open, and it will display the various widgets that are available.  Each widget has its own function, and you can choose any widgets for your site; it simply depends on what your specific site needs.  When you have found the widget you need, drag it and drop it on the menu item for which you need it.

Once you have placed your widgets where you want them, they should function accordingly.  By following these simple instructions, you will find that WordPress is not so complicated, after all.

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