“Widgets” are segments of code you can add to your WordPress blog to provide extra features and functionality. To edit widgets, click on “Appearance” in your WordPress dashboard, then select “Widgets”. Drag the widgets you want to use on your website into the sidebar (or elsewhere on your website, depending on its theme) then customize them as necessary. You can also add widget areas into your WordPress theme.
The WordPress site hosts thousands of widgets, and if you’re creating a WordPress blog or website for the first time, you might not know where to look first. The list below covers the top five WordPress widgets that are essential for every website.
The text widget allows you to add plain text and HTML to your blog or website. Whether you want to use the text to welcome visitors, or for promotional purposes, the text widget is versatile and enables you to add a range of mediums. Since it supports HTML, you can also add videos, images, and custom lists.
The subscription options widget allows you to add icons for your RSS feed, email, Twitter and Facebook to your site. Visitors can then click on one of the links to connect to the relevant subscription page.
The links widget (also known as the ‘blogroll’) is a dedicated section where you can link to other people’s blogs and websites. With customizable titles, this widget gives you a chance to share your favorite blogs or affiliate sites with your readers.
Widget Logic is technically a plugin, rather than a widget. However, it does enable you to customize where you place widgets on your website, so that not every widget displays on every web page. When you install widget logic, you have complete control over your widgets and can make sure they are only showing up where you want them.