How to Use WordPress Widgets

Use WordPress widgets to make your site, attractive, appealing and fun and easy to use for your customers. You will have the fun designing just how you want it to look, and you might ask a friend to look at it also and see if they have any advice.

WordPress Widgets are WordPress Plugins that add visitor visual and interactivity options and features, such as sidebar widgets for post categories, tag clouds, navigation, search, etc.

Activate a Widget

  • In your WordPress Administration Panels go to Settings > Appearance > Widgets
    1. Choose a Widget and drag it to the sidebar where you wish it to appear. Once in place, WordPress automatically updates the Theme.
    2. Preview the site. You should find that the “default” sidebar elements are now gone, and only the new addition is visible.
    3. Return to the Widgets Panel to continue adding Widgets.
    4. To arrange the Widgets within the sidebar or Widget area, click and drag it into place.
    5. To customize the Widget features, click the down arrow in the upper right corner to expand the Widget’s interface.
    6. To save the Widget’s customization, click Save.
    7. To remove the Widget, click Remove or Delete.

Use WordPress Widgets – Text Widgets

  • The Text Widget is one of the most commonly used WordPress Widgets that comes with every WordPress installation. It allows users to add text, video, images, custom lists, and more to their WordPress sites.
    1. To use the WordPress Text Widget:
    2. Go to Themes > Widgets in the WordPress Administration Panels.
    3. Open the sidebar, footer, or Theme section to which you wish to add the Text Widget.
    4. Find the Text Widget in the list of Widgets.
    5. Click and drag the Widget to the spot you wish it to appear.

 

  • To open and edit the Text Widget:
    1. Click the down arrow to the right of the Text Widget title.
    2. Set the Text Widget Title (optional).
    3. Add the text or HTML code to the box or edit what is currently there.
    4. Choose the option to automatically add paragraphs to wrap each block of text in an HTML paragraph tag (recommended for text).
    5. Click Save to save the Text Widget.
    6. Click Close to close the Text Widget.
    7. Switch tabs in your browser and preview the results and make changes if necessary.

The Text Widget can hold a variety of HTML, XHTML, and multimedia links and players such as video and object embeds.

References
https://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Widgets

 

CyberChimps Pro and iFeature Pro 5 come with the following widget areas

  • Sidebar Left
  • Sidebar Right
  • Footer Widgets
  • Box Left
  • Box Middle
  • Box Right

Widget_Boxes

Please note that the “Box Left,” “Box Middle,” and “Box Right” are specially placed widgets. They are not to be confused with the Boxes Element which you can read about here:

https://cyberchimps.com/guide/how-to-use-the-boxes-element-not-the-box-widgets/

The “Box Left”, “Box Middle”, and “Box Right” widgets will only appear on what you have set for your Front/Home page here:

Settings > Reading Settings > Front page displays

UPDATE: You now have the ability to control where the Box Widgets appear on a per Page basis and have at the same time, on your Blog if you choose. But when set to appear on your Blog they will only appear on your main Blog page which is set up like above via your Reading Settings. Please see the Blog – Widget Option for more info. For usage within a Page see the How to Use the Widgets Element.

Did this documentation not suffice? Have more questions on how to use WordPress widgets? Please post a support topic in the forum. https://cyberchimps.com/forum/

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