Do you want to learn how to add and use widgets in WordPress?
Widgets allow you to add different functionality to your WordPress sidebars and other widget-ready areas, all without writing any code.
In this article, we’ll show you how to add and use widgets in WordPress, so you can quickly customize your site.
What Are Widgets & Why Do You Need Them in WordPress?
Widgets are blocks of content that you can add to your WordPress sidebars, footer, and other widget areas of your website.
You can find your widget area by going to Appearance » Widgets in your WordPress admin dashboard.
Here you’ll see a list of your available widget areas. In the example below using the Astra theme, there are multiple areas you can add widgets, including the sidebar, header, and footer.
The areas you can place widgets are defined by your WordPress theme, so it could look different depending on the theme you’re using.
With that said, let’s show you how to add widgets to different areas of your WordPress site easily.
How to Add a Widget to a Sidebar in WordPress
There are multiple ways you can add widgets to your WordPress sidebar area.
The easiest way is to navigate to Appearance » Widgets and then click the ‘Arrow’ in the sidebar widget section to expand the widget section.
Then, click the ‘Plus’ icon to bring up the widget block menu.
Here you can search for a widget by name. Or, click the ‘Browse all’ button to bring up a menu of all the available widgets.
To add a widget to your sidebar simply click on a widget and it will automatically be added to your sidebar.
Then, all you have to do is click ‘Update’ and the widget will now be live on your website.
The widgets page isn’t the only way to add widgets to your WordPress blog.
You can also add widgets by using the WordPress theme customizer. First, navigate to Appearance » Customize and then click the ‘Widgets’ menu option.
This brings you to a page where you can customize your widget areas.
To add a widget to your sidebar, simply click the ‘Right Sidebar’ menu option.
After that, click the ‘+’ add block icon to bring up the widget block menu.
Then, select a widget block and it will automatically add to your sidebar.
The process of adding a widget is the same as above.
Once you’re done making changes to your widget area, click the ‘Publish’ button to push your changes live.
How to Remove a Widget in WordPress
Removing a widget in WordPress is as easy as the process of adding them. Simply navigate to Appearance » Widgets in your WordPress dashboard.
After that, click on the widget block that you want to delete.
Then, at the top of the widget block, click the three dots ‘Options’ button. This brings up a menu that lets you move and delete the widget.
To delete the widget, simply select the ‘Remove block’ option.
Deleting the widget will remove it from your sidebar and delete the widget settings or any options you selected.
Sometimes you might want to remove a widget, but save the settings and changes you’ve made for the future.
To do this, click the ‘Drag’ icon at the top of the widget.
Then, drag the widget to the ‘Inactive widgets’ section.
Before you exit the page, make sure to click the ‘Update’ button to save your widget settings.
If you want to use that widget again, then simply drag the widget block from the ‘Inactive widgets’ section to an active widget section.
What Kind of Widgets Are Available for WordPress?
A default WordPress installation comes with built-in widgets like, recent posts, tags, search bar, categories, calendar, and more.
However, most WordPress plugins and themes also comes with their own widget blocks that you can add to your site.
For example, the WPForms plugin can be used to create contact form pages, but it also has a widget that lets you add forms to any widget-ready area of your site.
Similarly, countless other themes and plugins add widgets, so their users can add things to their WordPress widget areas without writing any code or HTML.
You can even create your own widget to add completely custom widget to WordPress. For more details, see our guide on how to create a custom WordPress widget.
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