WordPress Widgets Create the Exterior

Your house now has its inside walls, a roof, framing, a foundation and the land it sits on. What’s next?

The exterior.

The outside of your WordPress house - widgets

These are your outside walls, windows, siding, etc.

In your WordPress website, you’ll use widgets to create the exterior finishes.

What are widgets? They’re a specific type of plugin. Sure, I could have included them with the other plugins, but they’re specialized enough I thought they deserved their own category.

Originally widgets were used specifically to make specific things happen in a site’s sidebar The sidebar’s the area to the side of the page — it can be either right or left, or both. On this site, the sidebar includes an invitation to sign up for the free autoresponder series, some buttons that will let you connect with me on social media and some extra navigation.

Today, widgets’ role has been expanded. Now they can function inside any “widgetized area.” That includes the sidebar, often a footer, and sometimes other areas on a page as well.

Your theme will include widgetized areas, and you can add more if you need them. For example, my Future Expats Forum site uses a special widgetized area I created for the slideshow on the home page.

On WordPress Building Blocks, we have a footer with three widgetized areas. If you scroll down the page, you’ll see a bit about me, a look at some of my Pinterest pinboards, and readers’ most recent questions. Widgets make each of these happen.

Head on over here if you’re ready to learn how to add a widget.

And, just like other plugins, you don’t have to know anything fancy to use them, you just plug them in.

Once you’re done with your outside walls, doors and windows it’s time to finish off the inside. Let’s move on to Building Block 7.