In this article, I am going to explain how to add widgets in WordPress. When you open any website, you might have noticed some additional information like recent posts, search bar, social media, etc.
Normally, it is done by using widgets. If you are running a WordPress site, widgets are very useful for you. You can do a lot on your site through the widgets.
If you add widgets to the WordPress site, you can show different additional information apart from your main content. For example, you want to show 5 recent posts in your sidebar, then you can add a recent post widget in the sidebar location.
For example, you want to add an image in your sidebar, you can use an image widget for it. or you can use the video widget to add a video.
Some widgets are available by default in your WordPress widget section. And some additional widgets you get through the theme you install. The type and number of additional widgets will depend on the theme you install.
Now let’s understand, how to add widgets in WordPress site.
Add WordPress Widgets
Log in to your dashboard and hover on Appearance. When you hover on appearance, the Widgets option will appear. Just click on the Widgets.
After it, a widgets page will be open where you can view all the widgets and the available widgets areas. Available widgets areas will also depend on the theme you installed.
Now from this page, you can add the widgets to your site. As you can see on the example page below.
Let’s suppose you want to add a recent post widget in the main sidebar location. You just simply drag and drop the recent post widget below the main sidebar.
Or you can add through another method also. You just click on the drop-down arrow of the recent post widget and select the main sidebar.
After selecting the main sidebar, just click on add widget.
After adding the widget in the main sidebar location, now you need to do the settings of the widget. Each widget may have different settings. For the setting, click on the drop-down arrow of the recent post widget.
Fill in the required details, and it will automatically be saved. If not, you can click on the save button and click on done.
After it you can refresh your site, your recent post widgets will appear on the main sidebar. For example, you added 5 posts to show, then there will be 5 posts in the recent posts widget.
Like this you can add widgets in WordPress site.
If you want to delete the widget from the area, you just open the widget by clicking on the drop-down arrow of the widget. You just click on the delete option and the widget will be deleted.
You can add and delete widgets in a simple way in WordPress. Suppose, you don’t want a particular widget right now, but you also don’t want to delete it permanently. There is one way to keep your setting and may use it later.
You can simply drag and drop the widgets in the Inactive Widgets area. In this way, your widget will be available with settings that you can use later.
Widgets are very useful in a WordPress site. You can utilize it well and give a better structure to your site. You can use it by keeping the audience in the mind and can attract more visitors to your site.
Widgets are very useful to improve visitors engagement on your site. I hope this article was helpful to add widgets in WordPress.