What are widgets?

The term widget refers to any tool or content that you add, arrange or remove from the sidebar(s) of your blog — these are the blocks that make up your sidebar.

Widgets are used for a wide range of purposes including:

Examples of widgets on class blogs

The most popular widgets used on class blogs are widgets from other websites that are pasted into a text widget in the sidebar using embed code.

Widget Demo blog

Widgets and blog design

There are hundreds of different widgets you can add to the sidebar of your blog using embed code in a text widget but when adding any widget you need to think about the design of your blog.  Widgets can be noisy, take up a lot of space and may distract readers.

When adding widgets think about does it add to your blog OR does it distract readers from your posts.  You need to have a balance between widgets and your blog content; you want people to read your posts!

How to add widgets

Adding a widget is as simple as follows:

1.  Go to Appearance > Widget.


2.  Click on the arrow on the desired Sidebar to open up the sidebar (so you can add the widgets).

3.  Drag the widget from the Available Widgets into the desired Sidebar.

You drag by click on the widget with your left mouse and moving the widget.

4.  Drop the widget when you see a dashed line appear – this indicates the widget is in place.

Add widget

5.  The widget will automatically open — just configure, click Save and then Close.

Widget Video tutorial


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