What are WordPress widgets and how to use them?

WordPress widgets are independent components that offer particular functionality to your WordPress website. You can add these widgets in sidebars, footers or any widget-ready area of your theme. For example, WordPress Twenty Sixteen theme provides default widgets such as category, archives, recent post, recent comments, calendar, gallery, etc.

Initially, widgets were designed to give an elementary control over the WordPress theme’s designing. But now widgets are available on properly widgetized WordPress themes.

If your WordPress theme does not offer the widget you require or any widget at all, you can create a custom widget manually by writing some blocks of code. For the existing widget, you can simply drag and drop wherever you want to show it.

How to add a widget?

WordPress Widget option is available in the WordPress Admin Dashboard Appearance >> Widgets. WordPress widgets can be easily added just by following simple steps given below:

Step 1: Login to your WordPress Admin section and go to Appearance -> Widgets.

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Step 2: Choose a widget from the ‘Available Widgets‘ section present on the left side and add it to the available widget-ready section(sidebar, footer, etc) on the right side. There are following two ways to add

  • Simply drag the widget to the widget-ready section on the right side.
  • When you select a widget, a list of areas where you can add the widget will appear. Check the section where you want to add it and click the “Add Widget” button.
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Step 3: After adding the widget to the respective section, when you click on the arrow present in the right corner of the widget, you get options to edit widget settings. For example, if you have selected Recent Posts widget, you will immediately get options to write title and select “number of post”. Click on save button to save the customization.

How to remove a widget from a particular section?

Removing widgets is as simple as adding them. Following are the steps:

Step 1: Navigate to Appearance>>Widgets in the WordPress Admin Section.

Step 2: Search for a particular widget and expand it by clicking on the arrow. At the end of the widget settings, you will find “delete” option. Click on it to remove the widget from that section. This will also delete the widget settings.

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Note: If you want to remove the widget without losing your settings, just drag that widget to the inactive widget section on the left side. You can always add a widget again from the list of available widgets or inactive widgets.

Widgets are flexible tools in WordPress which developers can make use of in their own creative ways. If you are not comfortable with the code, you can also create you own custom widget and use it.

Widgets can make your website more interactive. They are also highly customizable, and you can achieve practically anything you want through a widget.

We hope this article helped you learn about widgets and how to add and use them in your WordPress websites.

wpCentral Launched

After 6 months of hard work, the Softaculous team is proud to announce the launch of our product wpCentral – A very simple central dashboard to manage all your WordPress installation in one place.

wpCentral is a new software SaaS offering by Softaculous Ltd. It helps you manage unlimited WordPress installations across multiple hosts and servers, from a very simple centralized dashboard.

We at Softaculous have helped millions of users install and manage WordPress over the past few years. With wpCentral we want to help many more millions to do so.

Interested ? Sign up now for free ! With wpCentral you can do the following :

Manage Multiple Blogs from one location

If you manage multiple WordPress installations, keeping them up-to-date is one big problem. Managing the plugins and themes is all together another level of issues. Its really time consuming to login into so many installations and make sure your WordPress is up-to-date and also your preferred theme and plugins are installed and up-to-date. With wpCentral do the following in a few clicks :

  • Single Click login to access your WordPress
  • Update all your WordPress installations with a single click
  • Install and update themes
  • Manage all your plugins from wpCentral

Backups

They say backup is the best security one can have ! With wpCentral you can ensure that your WordPress site is always protected.

  • Automate your WordPress Backups by scheduling them
  • Keep multiple backups
  • Restore with a single click
  • Backup to remote locations like Dropbox, AWS, FTP, SFTP and even on wpCentral servers

Install WordPress

Well we at Softaculous have been doing that for quite some time and we are pretty good with this.

  • Install WordPress by giving your FTP / SFTP and MySQL details. No need to download, upload, unzip, etc. Let wpCentral take care of that
  • Choose from multiple free themes while installing WordPress. Your WordPress will be installed with your preferred theme
  • You can install WordPress Multisite or single site

Manage Plugin and Themes Sets

We all have our favorite set of plugins and themes for WordPress. Its always a task to install all our favorite plugins and themes when we install WordPress. This problem is compounded when you have to manage multiple WordPress installations.

In wpCentral you can now create sets of your favorite plugins and themes which will be installed when you install WordPress via wpCentral. Even when you add your existing WordPress site to wpCentral you can apply your plugin and theme sets.

Is wpCentral free or paid ?

wpCentral is a freemium SaaS offering. Most of the features are free. Features like remote backups, clone, 1 minute uptime monitoring are available at a small cost ranging from $1-$2/month

Can I request a feature ?

We would love to a know what features you would like to see in wpCentral and how we can improve your user experience. Just email us at sales@wpcentral.co

About Softaculous Ltd.

Softaculous Ltd. is a software company established in 2009. We have various software products like Softaculous, Virtualizor, Webuzo, SitePad, AMPPS, Pinguzo, Deskuss, PopularFX, WPCentral, Serverly and Repositery. Our software and SaaS products are used on thousands of servers by millions of users.