WordPress Widgets Kathy E Gill 1 February 2011. What Are Widgets? A “configurable code snippet" that makes it possible to modify function and appearance.
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Editing Appearance Note: once you edit a widget area, the default widgets disappear Recommendation: before editing, take a screenshot of your theme Tip: if you don’t want anything to show up in a widget area, try adding a blank text widget.
Adding Widgets To add a widget, drag from the Available or Inactive Widgets area on the left onto the Sidebar area on the right. When you see a dashed line appear, you can drop the widget into place. Single widget area; image from WP.com
Configuring Widgets Each widget has configuration options. Click on the triangle on the right side of the widget to configure. You’ll need to save only if you edit.
Ordering, Deleting Widgets Change the order of the widgets by dragging and dropping them in the sidebar area. Delete by dragging to the left or clicking the “delete” link on the configuration box. Note: design change is immediate – no “save” required
Important Widgets (1/5) Archives Navigation. Provides access to old posts; a key characteristic of blog as a genre Categories Navigation. Provides access to posts by topic; a key characteristic of blog as a genre
Important Widgets (2/5) Links As Blogroll, Background. Provides insight into blog content, author; a key characteristic of blog as a genre Tag Cloud Navigation, Background. Provides access to posts by keyword; requires reasonably large corpus to be useful.
Important Widgets (3/5) Pages Navigation. Provides access to pages; essential if sidebar is primary navigation. Category Cloud Navigation, Background. Provides alternative access to posts by category; requires reasonably large corpus to be useful.
Important Widgets (4/5) Recent Posts Background. Highlights most recent posts; useful when “more” tag not employed. Recent Comments Background. Highlights most recent comments; requires reasonably large corpus/frequent comments to be meaningful.
Interesting Widgets (1/3) Twitter Background. Displays tweets by handle. Flickr Background. Displays photos from Flickr based on an RSS feed. Delicious Background. Display Delicious links by handle.
Interesting Widgets (2/3) Box.net Functionality. Share files with your readers. Meebo Functionality. Enables private IM chat. SocialVibe Functionality. Support a charity.
Interesting Widgets (3/3) Blog Subscription Functionality. Enables email alert when there are new posts. SocialVibe Functionality. Support a charity.
Widgets That Require Content Search Useless unless there is a large corpus. Top Clicks Useless unless there is a large corpus. Top Posts and Pages Useless unless there is a large corpus.
WordPress Widgets List and descriptions at WP.com: http://en.support.wordpress.com/t opic/widgets-sidebars/ http://en.support.wordpress.com/t opic/widgets-sidebars/ Even more widgets available for self-hosted WP accounts: http://codex.wordpress.org/WordP ress_Widgets http://codex.wordpress.org/WordP ress_Widgets
For Portfolio Sites Consider adding links to Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter You will use Text Box. We’ll do one of these on Thursday.
Widgets Are Not Plug-ins WP.com has no user- configurable plug-ins Widgets = content (more or less) Plug-Ins = functionality (usually are back-end, such as Akismet, statistics or Google analytics, but may provide short-code functionality or easy content sharing)