Widgets are another name for tools or content that you can add to sidebar(s) in your site. Different themes have different numbers of sidebars, but all themes should have at least one. Widgets may also be placed in the Footer areas of some themes.

You can access your widgets from the Appearance > Widgets area of your Dashboard. You can also access Widgets from the Customizer.

Widgets Tool

Adding Widgets from the Dashboard Tool

In the Widgets tool, you will see a list of widgets in the Available Widgets panel. There are two ways to add widgets, drag and drop or add widget button.

Drag and Drop

  1. Hover over the widget you want to use and until you see the cursor change into a hand icon.
  2. “Grab” the widget and drag it to the sidebar or other widget area.
  3. When you see a dashed line appear, you can drop the widget in place.
    Drag to add widget
  4. You can change the order of the widgets by dragging and dropping them in the desired location.

Add Widget Button

  1. Click once on the widget you want to add.
  2. Select the widget area where you want it displayed.
    Add Widget Button
  3. Click Add Widget
Adding Widgets from the Customizer

Configuring Widgets

  1. Each widget has configuration options. Click the triangle in the right corner of the widget to expand the options.
    Expand Widget Options
  2. Each widget will have different options. Here is an example of the Archives widget.
    Archive Widget Options
  3. If you make any changes, click Save.

Removing Widgets

  • If you would like to remove a widget, expand the widget options and click Delete.
  • If you want to remove the widget but retain the settings, drag the widget to the Inactive Widgets pane below Available Widgets.

Accessibility Mode

If you don't like dragging and dropping widgets, you can turn on Accessibility Mode.

  1. Click Screen Options
  2. Click Enable accessibility mode
    Accessibility Mode
  3. This will allow you to add and edit the settings without using drag and drop.

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