Using WordPress Widgets

WordPress widgets are useful little applications that can be added to your site. These are simply pieces of content inserted into the page or post using shortcodes. You can use these shortcodes to insert entire widget areas or specific widgets. They work in both the Gutenberg and classic editors. The plugin styles them based on the theme you’re using. Using a WordPress widget requires learning shortcodes for each widget. Once you’ve memorized the shortcodes, simply paste them into the Visual Editor.

WordPress widgets can include settings like the title of the widget, the number of posts that it displays, and more. Depending on the plugin, you may need a separate settings page for these. The developer of the plugin will likely provide you with the documentation for this feature. You can also move or delete the widget from your site. You can also change its location by going to your widget’s settings screen. You can also edit the widget’s title, description, and color.

A WordPress theme will normally have widget areas in the sidebar and footer. Some themes even have multiple widget areas. The screenshot above shows a sample of the widgets on a WordPress site. You’ll find that the majority of themes have a pre-loaded selection of widgets. By installing plugins or coding your own widgets, you can add more widgets to your site. If you use a premium plugin, it will contain widgets.