Thank you. This information is invaluable for someone still learning. Please can you do an article about WordPress Widgets and how to use them. I have a sidebar and 3 footer widgets and I have no idea what to do with them.
Ahhh this is one of those answers I, as an experienced web developer, take for granted!
It’s a topic I know so much about BUT when I sat down to write this post I was pretty stumped as to how to explain exactly what a widget was?!
Do you get like that?
Anyhow in today’s post, I’m going to explain what Widgets and Widget Areas are and how you can use them to get the most out of your blog!
A small bit of coding that performs a specific function on your blog or website ie categories in your sidebar.
WordPress comes standard with several widgets like Categories, Custom Menus, Image, RSS and text. The latter being the most popular widget in WordPress!
You can extend your widget options by installing certain plugins i.e Simple Social Icons (my favourite Social Media Icon Widget) to extend the functionality of your site.
WordPress Widget Areas
Widget Areas are sections in your theme that are built specifically for widgets ie a sidebar, however, some themes have other widget ready areas like header, footer, below content etc built into them. These additional widget areas add to the functionality of your layout.
The number of widget areas in your theme really depends on theme that you have chosen as widget ready areas are not a must.
If you’re using a Genesis theme you’ll notice the different types of widget areas available to you. These widget areas give you the option to create a unique layout for your homepage. This goes back to why WordPress widgets and widget areas were designed in the first place, to allow for WordPress users to create a simple and easy design of their sites.
Below is an example of the Widget Areas I have on The WordPress Workspace.
If you have any questions, please drop them in the comments below. I’d love to answer any questions you might have on WordPress widgets.