WordPress widgets have been available through many versions of the WordPress software, and for many years. Even though they’re a well-established feature, casual bloggers who enjoy writing more than digging into WordPress’s features may not give widgets enough attention to keep up with their capabilities. They may even be unaware of the true versatility of the seemingly lowly text widget. Here, DesignSpinners a WordPress Website Design Los Angeles company describe widgets, illustrate what they can do, and point you to resources for more information and for professional expertise. You will also explore the underappreciated text widget.
The Who, Why, and What of Widgets
Together, widgets and widget areas are a way devised by WordPress developers to share design capability with WordPress bloggers who have administrative control of their blog, but who don’t know how to write PHP program code. A widget area is a part of a WordPress page into which a blog administrator can place widgets. The original widget area was the sidebar, but today, WordPress theme developers can place a widget area in the header, footer, or elsewhere on a page template.
The Codex page for WordPress’s Widgets Subpanel describes all of the widgets that come bundled with the WordPress software. I’ll sketch these widgets, because the easiest way to show you the power of widgets is to give examples of what they can do.
- The Archives widget displays links to all of a blog’s posts, grouped by month.
- The Calendar widget displays a calendar with links to the posts for each day of the current month.
- The Categories widget displays links to posts grouped by their assigned category.
- The Links widget displays a list of links, usually outbound, such as a blog roll.
- The Meta widget displays links to items such as the login page, the blog administration page, the RSS syndication feeds for the blog’s posts and comments, and WordPress.org.
- The Pages widget displays a link to each of the blog’s pages (as opposed to its posts).
- The Recent Comments widget displays snippets and links for the blog’s most recent comments.
- The Recent Posts widget displays titles and links for the blog’s most recent posts.
- The RSS widget displays an RSS feed chosen by the blog’s administrator.
- The Search widget displays a text box and a submit button for use in searching the blog.
- The Tag Cloud widget displays the tags most often assigned to the blog’s posts.
For information in greater depth, one place to start is the WordPress Widgets page in the WordPress Codex. That page contains links to some twenty other pages on topics relating to widgets. For professional WordPress website design Los Angeles can turn to my expert staff at DesignSpinners.
The Too Little-Appreciated Text Widget