There are so many crazy terms when it comes to your website. You honestly need a dictionary to keep them all in your head sometimes. (We’ve got one in WordPress Express for you if you need it.) Today, I want to teach you about one that gets overlooked sometimes. And that is the sidebar.
What is a sidebar?
A sidebar is that column over on the side of your blog. It is controlled with widgets. To edit your sidebar, go to the dashboard of your website and look for the main sidebar. That should be where you can add different widgets for your design.
What plugins do I need for my sidebar?
There are two plugins I recommend for your sidebar. One is called Simple Social Icons. This lets you add fancy buttons to your sidebar with links to all your best social media channels. The other is called Black Studio TinyMCE Widget. It gives you an easy to use visual editor to make areas you love on your sidebar.
Do I even need a sidebar?
Honestly, this is a personal choice. I go back and forth with my sidebar. Sometimes it’s here, and sometimes I remove it. Why? Mostly for design reasons. I make sure to include everything I need to in my blog posts. When you are starting out with a new blog, it’s always a nice idea to include a sidebar, however. Especially when you consider that people are just getting to know you still.
What should I include on my sidebar?
The basics you want to include on your sidebar are your picture with a mini about you section, links to your social media channels, recent blog posts or categories, and a call to action for your opt-in. Some other options include an Instagram feed, advertising, affiliate links, or items from your online shop. If you need help setting up your sidebar, check out WordPress Express. You can get over 60 lessons on WordPress, over 200 guides, worksheets, and checklists, over 100 how to videos PLUS live weekly office hours with Stephanie to work on your website. Your first month is just $1. Join today!
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