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How to Add a Link to Widget Titles in WordPress

Do you want to add a link to widget titles in WordPress?

By turning your widget titles into links, you can help visitors navigate your website and find related content. This can help improve user experience and increase pageviews.

In this article, we will share how you can add a link to widget titles in WordPress.

How to add a link to widget titles in WordPress

Why Add a Link to Widget Titles in WordPress?

Widgets are blocks of content that you can add to your WordPress sidebars, footer, and other widget ready areas.

Widgets can be an easy way to add image galleries, calendars, popular posts, random quotes, and other dynamic content to your website.

You can even create your own completely custom widget. For more details, see our guide on how to create a custom WordPress widget.

Depending on your WordPress theme, some of these widgets may come with built-in titles. These titles provide useful context about the information the widget is showing to visitors. For example, a title such as ‘Recent Comments’ makes it clear these are the newest comments.

Sometimes you may want to turn these widget titles into links. This can make it easier for visitors to find related content. For example, if you have a widget that shows your most recent posts, then it may make sense to link the ‘Recent Posts’ title to your WordPress blog.

A series of WordPress widgets with linked widget titles

In this guide, we will cover three different ways to add a link to widget titles in WordPress. If you prefer to jump straight to a particular method, then you can use the links below.

Method 1. How to Add a Link to Widget Titles in WordPress Using the Block-Based Editor

Every WordPress theme handles widgets differently. Some themes don’t show any widget titles by default, while others will display titles for specific widgets only.

If a widget already has a title, then you can turn it into a link using the block-based editor. To do this, simply go to Appearance » Widgets.

The WordPress block-based widget editor

To add a new widget to your website, click on the + button.

In this menu, find the widget that you want to add to your WordPress website.

You can then drag and drop it onto any widget ready area, such as the main sidebar, header, or footer bar.

Adding a widget to your WordPress website

Once you’ve done that, just click and drag to highlight the widget’s title. WordPress will now show a row of floating icons that you can use to edit the title.

The next step is clicking on the ‘Link’ button.

Adding a link to a widget title

Now, either type in the link that you want to use, or copy/paste the URL into the popup.

By default WordPress will open the link in the same tab. If you prefer to open the link in the new tab, then simply click to activate the ‘Open in new tab’ slider.

How to add a link to a widget title in WordPress

Now you’re ready to press the ‘Enter’ key on your keyboard, which will save the link.

To add a link to other widget titles, simply follow the same process described above.

When you’re happy with how your widgets look, go ahead and click on the ‘Update’ button. You can now visit your website to see all of your widget titles and links live.

A widget title with an embedded link

Have you added a widget in the Appearance » Widgets menu, but can’t see any place to type in your title?

Don’t panic. Not every theme supports widget titles, and not every widget has a built-in title. Thankfully, you can add a title to any WordPress widget using the Heading block.

To use this trick, simply head over to the Appearance » Widgets editor if you haven’t already. Then, click on the + button.

You can now add a widget to your theme using drag and drop.

Once you’ve done that, find the ‘Heading’ block in the left-hand menu. You can now add this block above your widget using drag and drop.

The WordPress block-based widget editor

Once the Heading block is in place, simply type in the text that you want to use for your widget title.

After that we’re going to highlight the widget title text and click on the ‘Link’ button.

The WordPress Heading block

You can now either type in or copy/paste the link that you want to use, and press the ‘Enter’ key on your keyboard.

This Heading block will now appear alongside your widget on your WordPress website, similar to a widget title.

Are you using a full site editing theme?

Instead of using the block-based editor, you’ll need to add widgets to your website using templates and template parts. To get started, head over Appearance » Editor.

The WordPress FSE editor

At the top of the full site editor, just click on the dropdown and choose the area where you want to add a widget.

The template parts you see may be different depending on the theme you’re using. In the following image, you can see that our theme has a Header and a Footer.

The Full Site Editing editor

Simply click on the template where you want to add the widget, and the editor will scroll to this section automatically.

You can now go ahead and click on the + icon.

The WordPress FSE widget editor

In the left-hand menu, find the widget that you want to add to your WordPress theme.

Then, go ahead and add this widget to your theme using drag and drop.

The FSE Category widget

If the widget doesn’t already have a title, then you’ll need to find the Heading block in the left-hand menu. Then, simply drag and drop the Heading block so that it’s placed next to your WordPress widget.

After that, just type in the text that you want to use as your widget title.

Adding a link to a widget title using FSE

The next step is highlighting your heading text. You can then go ahead and click on the ‘Link’ icon that appears.

Now you can simply type in or copy/paste the URL that you want to link to.

Adding a link to a widget title in WordPress FSE

That’s it. To add more widget titles and links to your theme, simply repeat the process described above.

When you’re happy with your changes, click on the ‘Save’ button to update your theme. Now if you visit your website you’ll see your new widget titles live.

Method 3. How to Add a Link to Widget Titles in WordPress Using Classic Widgets

If you’re using an older version of WordPress, or are using the the Classic Widgets plugin to restore the old Appearance » Widgets menu, then you will need to use this method instead.

The WordPress Classic Widgets editor

First, you’ll need to install and activate the Link Widget Title plugin. For more details, please see our guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

This plugin adds some new fields to the classic widget editor, where you can type in a title and add a link.

The Link Widget Title WordPress plugin

All you have to do is click on the widget to see all settings. You’re now ready to type your new title into the ‘Title’ field.

Then, simply type or copy/paste a link into the ‘Title link’ field.

Add links to widget titles in WordPress

By default, this link will open in a same tab. If you prefer to open the link in the new tab, then just check the ‘Open link in new window/tab’ box.

The Link Widget Title plugin also lets you make the entire title bar clickable, so the visitor doesn’t necessarily have to click on the widget’s title text to open the link.

To make the whole title section clickable, just go ahead and check the ‘Make the entire title bar clickable’ box.

When you’re happy with how your widget is set up, go ahead and click on the ‘Save’ button.

We hope this article helped you learn how to add a link to widget titles in WordPress. You can also go through our guide on the best drag and drop page builders for WordPress and how to increase your blog traffic.

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    • Thanks for letting us know about this, we’ll look into possible alternatives :)

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  1. It looks like this Plugin may no longer be available, as it is not coming up in any searches. Can somebody please look into this, or advise if its name has been changed? Thanks!

  2. Hi! This plugin worked very fine for me, but now the widget’s title have changed their colour. How can I change the widget’s title to their normal colour, but still have them “clickable”?

  3. This plugin has been very useful and still works like a charm, but has not been updated since Wp 3.8.1.
    Is there an alternative?

  4. Not working for me. i’m trying to link to another page on my blog – ie Contact Me to Contact Me page. But the link disappears when I try to save. Any suggestions on what I’m doing wrong or how to correct this? Thanks, Dennison

  5. This plugin works great! The only problem I’m having is that the widget title is now blue (I guess since it’s a link?) and the hover-over color isn’t what I want it to be. . . how do I change this?

    Thanks!
    becca

  6. On a slightly different note… which Google+ plugin do you use? As per the example in you post? Thanks!

  7. After uploading this plugin it reads: ( The plugin does not have a valid header.) and will not extract so what can I do about that. Thanks for your help.

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