I’ll be taking you through a step-by-step introduction to WordPress widgets. We’ll cover how they work, what they are and why you need them in order to help benefit your business online. Find out all of this and more in this quick video tutorial.
So, what is a WordPress Widget? A widget is simply a small block on a Web site that performs a specific function such as an interactive area for a contact form. You can add widgets to mostly any area in your theme. These areas are also known as widget ready areas. Widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy to use way of giving someone control over the design and structure of their website. Widgets give you more control over the design of your WordPress theme.
WordPress widgets are so easy to use that all you do is drag and drop the widget you’d like to use in the specific widget area. To find out which widgets you can use, go to appearance and widgets. Here, you have your available widgets and this is one of the areas where you can place them. This area of my site is the sidebar. This is the area at the sidebar on my website to place a widget all I do is click and drag the widget that I want to use and drop it into the widget ready area.
It’s then ready for me to customize exactly how I want. You can now see the widget I just added here on my website. How easy was that? The widget ready areas that are available will vary from theme to theme. WordPress by default comes with several widgets including categories, calendar, search navigation menu, recent Posts, and tag cloud. Widgets are blocks of code that perform certain functions. So the search widget is the search box which searches your website for the keywords entered by your visitors. The recent posts widget will show your recent posts. And the newest post will be the top so you’re always adding fresh content to your site.
Plugins also add their own widgets to give more control over the display of the plugin functions. So, look out for those when adding new plugin. Widgets give your website much more functionality and it makes it much easier to design your site how you like.
Visitors can then use these widgets when browsing a website so for example you could set up a contact form on the sidebar which asks for your visitors email address in exchange for a valuable piece of information such as a free eBook on how to lose 10 pounds in a week. This is called a lead magnet. It is a fantastic technique to gaining hundreds and thousands of subscribers.
You can learn much more about this over on our website. Widgets are powerful blocks of content and we’ve only scratched the surface of their capabilities. You can learn even more and how to leverage your website’s potential by following our step-by-step tutorials where we take you by the hand every step of the way. If you have any questions at all please comment and we’ll try our best to answer them. Or just give us a shout out! If you have any recommendations on videos that you would like to see then please tell us and will try and make them for you! I hope you enjoyed this video and if you did please give it a quick thumbs up and even share it with your friends. Thank You! Check out the next videos coming up which take you step-by-step setting up a blog and our top 7 plugins of 2015 see you in the next video.