WordPress Widgets (WPW) is like a plugin, but designed to provide a simple way to arrange the various elements of your sidebar content (known as "widgets") without having to change any code. The Widgets SubPanel explains how to use the various Widgets that come delivered with WordPress, and the Widgets page at Automattic explains how to 'widgetize' themes and plugins.

Using Text Widgets

In many cases, the built-in Text Widget can be used to add new abilities to your sidebar. The Widget Plugin allows you to specify how many text widgets you need. Once you have specified the number of text widgets you need, each of those widgets is added to the "Available Widgets" column in the Presentation, Sidebar Widget Administration Panel.

Clicking on the icon on the right side of the widget allows you to enter the widget Options. There you can enter a description or title for that particular widget and also enter (in the large text box) the text or HTML code for the widget.

Here's a list of content known to work via text widgets. Each of these content providers supplies the necessary code for you to copy and paste into your widget to display their content on your blog.

Using RSS Widgets

The built-in RSS Widget can be used to add feeds to your sidebar. The Widget Plugin allows you to specify how many RSS widgets you need. Once you have specified the number of RSS widgets you need, each of those widgets is added to the "Available Widgets" column in the Presentation, Sidebar Widget Administration Panel.

Clicking on the icon on the right side of the widget allows you to enter the URL for the feed, a description of the feed, and how many items from the feed you want displayed..

 

 Posted on : October 15, 2011