Widgets are wonderful little guys. It’s the name given to the different tools and/or content that you’ll find displayed on your blog’s sidebar. This is where we get to personalize our blog. This is where the fun and creativity begins! Glance at my sidebar to see what I’m talking about. There is an unending variety of widgets that can be used to add function, photos, and written content to your blog. Check out my favorites on WordPess:
Author Grid Widget: Post your picture so people can see who you are!
Search Widget: This widget allows those reading your blog to search for specifics within your blog. We want them to find that article that inspired them!
E-mail Subscription Widget: This is a great widget that allows your readers to have your posts delivered straight to their e-mail box. Very convenient!
Links Widget: View the links widget as a special place on your blog where your readers can click on links to your other blogs or websites—or you can recommend your favorites to them.
Image Widget: This one is pretty self-explanatory! I use it to post images of the books I’ve written and I add a link to where they can be purchased. Use your imagination as to how to best utilize this widget on your blog.
Text Widget: This one is my favorite. This widget opens doors to numerous possibilities. It can be used in two different ways, as described below:
Simply Text: It can be just that, a place to post the text of your choice, such as: your favorite quote, an upcoming event that you want highlighted in your readers’ minds, or the copyright information for your blog.
HTML Coding: With limited HTML coding, it can morph into many functions, such as a Follow Me on Twitter link, or an E-mail Me link.
Are you ready to have fun experimenting with WordPress widgets? If so, let’s get started!! Here’s how!
1) Go to your Dashboard.
2) Near the bottom on the left-hand side, click on Appearance, then Widgets.
3) Under Available Widgets, click and hold on the Widget of your choice, dragging it to your Sidebar.
4) Click on the down arrow at the right side of Widget to open a box to work in. Depending the the Widget chosen, you may have info to insert or it may be filled out automatically.
4) Save it, close it, and head to your blog to see what you just created!
You’ve just created your first widget! My next post will be on how to make an E-mail Me widget.
(For the Bloggers among us, WordPress has Widgets and Blogger has Gadgets!)