When I was little, I remember my father fixing computers for his clients. (Not a surprise my father me computers at a very young age….) And every now and then I would ask him what piece was which. Whenever he couldn’t remember the name of it, he would call it a widget. For me, widgets will always be those things you don’t have a name for. And so it was a pleasant surprise as I started learning to build websites that part of WordPress including widgets.
What is a widget?
Very simply put, a widget is a thing you can put on your sidebar or footer. Some themes will allow you to build your pages with widgets as well. What’s nice about it is you can mix and match which parts go where and how you want it to look. If you are in your dashboard, simply go to the appearance section and click on widgets. You can also usually access the widgets from the customizer in your theme settings.
What are some examples of widgets?
When should you use widgets?
This depends on what you want to do. If you are looking at your sidebar and footer, these are the most common places to use widgets. The new Gutenberg page builder with WordPress allows you to use widgets in your blog posts and pages as well. If you have Elementor on your website, this will also allow you to use widgets on your pages. Many of the Genesis child themes will also use widget areas for the homepage sections.
If you are unsure of when to use widgets, just let me know and I’d be happy to help!
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