What Are WordPress Widgets?

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Updated: June 2, 2022
By: RSH Web Editorial Staff
WordPress Widgets

WordPress Widgets

WordPress Widgets add additional content and features to your WordPress site’s sidebars. Examples are the default widgets that come with WordPress. Like those for archives, post categories, search bars and custom menus.

One of the great things about WordPress widgets is that they require no code experience or expertise. They can simply be added, removed and rearranged.

The actual location of widgets on your site depends on your WordPress theme. Most WordPress Themes offer different page templates that decide where widget locations are in the page design.

In addition to the default WordPress widgets, WordPress plugins often add their own widgets as well. Some may add additional options for customization features.

WordPress Widgets

To see how widgets work, log in to your WordPress site and go to the "Appearance" > "Widgets" panel. On the left side of the page, you’ll see all available widgets. Default widgets will be visible here, plus any additional widgets that have been added by your installed plugins. On the right, you will see all of your widget available widget locations.

Installing WordPress Widgets

WordPress comes pre-packaged with a variety of Widgets. If those widgets do not cover your needs, you can install new ones by searching the WordPress Plugin Directory which is accessible from the WordPress Administration "Plugins" > "Add New" screen.

To add a widget to a location, simply drag the widget from its place on the left into the right section to activate them. To remove them, simply drag the widget back or click delete.

For our current active theme, we have several widget locations. Say you want to add a search bar. Just drag the search widget over. Now, if you return to your site, you’ll see that a search bar has been added to the sidebar.

If you ever have questions or need help using widgets, just click the help tab from the top of the screen. Here you’ll find an overview, information on removing and reusing widgets and how to handle missing widgets if you change your WordPress theme.

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