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How to Add WordPress Widgets in Post and Page Content

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Do you want to add WordPress widgets to your blog posts and landing pages?

Widgets make it easy for users to add different functionality to their posts and pages without having to write a single line of code. You can use the default widgets offered by WordPress or the ones offered by different plugins on your site.

In this article, we will show you how to easily add WordPress widgets to post and page content.

Add WordPress widgets in post and page content

Why Add WordPress Widgets in Posts and Pages?

WordPress widgets are blocks of content that you typically add to your sidebars, headers, footers, and other areas. They offer a lot of flexibility to add different functionalities and features to your WordPress site layout.

For example, you can show your latest posts, add a contact form using a widget block, and more. The best part is that you don’t have to edit code to add them.

Previously, WordPress widgets could only be added to widget areas like a sidebar, header, or footer. However, with the WordPress block editor, you can now easily add widgets to your blog posts and pages.

By default, WordPress offers different types of widgets for archives, calendars, categories, custom HTML, shortcodes, latest comments, recent posts, RSS, search features, social icons, and more. Many WordPress plugins and themes also offer their own WordPress widgets.

That said, let’s look at how you can add WordPress widgets to posts and pages.

Adding WordPress Widgets to Post and Page Content

First, you will need to edit an existing WordPress post/page or add a new one.

Once you are in the WordPress content editor, click the ‘Add Block’ (+) button to add a new widget.

Next, scroll down to the Widgets section and drag and drop the widget block that you want to add to the content.

Select a WordPress widget

Let’s say you want to show your latest WordPress blog posts within your content and increase engagement.

To do that, simply click on the Latest Posts widget, and your recent articles will appear in the content.

Latest post widget block

You’ll see more settings in the block panel on your right to edit and customize your widgets options.

Using widget blocks, you can also add shortcodes and custom HTML to your content without writing code. This makes it super easy to add advanced customization and gain more control over how your site looks.

If you also want to add a custom widget to your page/post, then see our tutorial on how to create custom widgets in WordPress.

Similarly, you can also use a widget block for any WordPress plugin you are using on your website.

For instance, if you are using WPForms, then you can use the WPForms block to add your form to the content.

When you add the WPForms block to your post and page content, simply select your form from the dropdown menu in the block itself.

Add the WPForms Block to Any Post or Page and Select the User Login Form

Once you are done, go ahead and publish your blog post or page on your WordPress website.

Bonus: Useful Widgets for Your Site

Now that you know how to add widgets to your pages and posts, you should also keep in mind to add selective widgets only. If you add unnecessary widgets, then your pages can look cluttered, resulting in poor user experience.

For example, you can install and activate the WP Call Button. After that, you can configure the plugin settings and then add its widget to your contact page to add a call now button.

For details, see our tutorial on how to add a click-to-call button in WordPress.

Add the WP Call Button widget block in a page or post

Similarly, you can add a RafflePress widget to add a giveaway, a Compact Archive widget to display your archives, a WP Simple Pay widget to add a payment form, or a Social Count widget to display your social media followers.

All of these options can help boost engagement, generate leads, and increase conversions on your site. For more information, you can see our expert picks for the most useful WordPress widgets.

We hope this article helped you learn how to add WordPress widgets to posts and page content. You may also want to see our beginner’s guide on how to get a free SSL certificate or our expert picks for the best WordPress themes for SEO experts.

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    • WPBeginner Support says

      You would want to first ensure your widget you’re trying to add works in a regular widget area


  2. Pat Walter says

    THANK YOU SOOO MUCH FOR THE amr shortcode any widget. I have tried and tried to get other shortcodes working, but could not. But your plugin really helped me. Thanks again.

  3. Hannah says


    Is there anyway you can show us how to do this WITHOUT using a plugin? Please let me know, thank you.


    • WPBeginner Support says

      We will be sure to add that to our tutorials where it would make sense but writing out the code for a custom plugin would act the same as if you were installing a plugin to handle this. :)


  4. Chris Beller says

    Hi I just tried doing this in block editor and I cannot find a way to get the widget block to the right of my posts…. Like how the sidebar looks on my blog page. How can I do this?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      If you mean you want your widgets on the side widget area, you would want to reach out to your theme’s support for if there is a widget area there for posts and pages.


    • WPBeginner Support says

      It should use that name, if not you would want to reach out to the plugin’s support and they should be able to assist.


      • Danny says

        Another thing:
        I tried testing it on sidebar and I got something like: There is nothing to see here (meaning there are no new posts, or so i thought)
        Is there a way to show my most popular posts, no matter the date it was published?

        • WPBeginner Support says

          You would want to reach out to the support for the popular posts widget that you are using for what they use for showing the posts.

  5. marsha says

    guys….please help me….
    what should i do to make wordpress download manager and easy digital download run into native worpress post…i dont want to make a post into their plugin but wanted to post something in my native wordpress post…what should i do then???
    so i can get the valuable thing both of this plugin just in my native wordpress

    help me please

  6. karyn says

    Hi I really don’t understand these codes and html things. I want to add the categories widget in my archives category page. I also want to add the monthly archives widget to the very same Archives page wjat do I do? I am really lost.

  7. Palla Sridhar says

    I actually have a different requirement.
    I want to add some text and html link inside post content for all posts with the same category. For a different category, I want to include different text and html link. Hope you understand. Please help

  8. Rahul says

    hi there, how can i use text widget in post. i used code [do_widget text] but it isn’t working. i want to insert image slider in text widget please help me with this way or any other way. thanks

  9. channing says

    this isn’t working properly.

    I’ve installed the plugin and pasted the code at the bottom of the page, and when i push preview the widget ends up being the header as opposed to showing up where i put it.

  10. JB says

    Is this supposed to work with the Customizr theme? The widgets seem to work in left and right side bars, but not within content. I even installed a plugin that provides widget IDs, so I can include proper ID in the [do_widget ] short code.

    How can I fix this?

  11. Jeffrey Beckers says


    I’m using your plugin to show the widget of recent topics. But the shortcode isn’t generating in the widget.

  12. Louis says

    Hi, this is a great plugin. Thank you for it.
    Is there a way to change the styles on the widget in the AMR without it affecting the widgets throughout the rest of the site? Mainly I’m concerned with the padding of 20% which centers the content awkwardly on my page. If I change it to 0% in the .widget css it looks great but the widgets on the other pages are all messed up. Is there a way to apply separate CSS to the AMR content without it affecting the other widgets?

  13. Mackenzie says

    Thank you for this, it works great in the content of one of my pages. However, it doesn’t seem to work on my homepage. The homepage edit area IS different since I have to go to theme options>appearance instead of the individual page…Wordpress just gives me a place to add text, although I use HTML there for other things that seem to work fine. I tried adding the shortcode to the “home” edit page also with no luck.

    Another page on this site said to add the following to functions.php in my child theme:
    add_filter(‘widget_text’, ‘do_shortcode’);

    But just adding that doesn’t help either. There must be some setting with the homepage that won’t allow this. Any ideas? Thanks

  14. gmanob says

    I downloaded and activated this plugin then I go to Appearance – Widgets but cannot find Shortcode. Any ideas? Thanks!

  15. Andrea Valgoi says

    Hello, I have this problem. The widget on a specific page (which works perfectly) overlaps the menus if i scroll down.

    Any ideas how to solve it?

  16. Nicole @ The Pixel Boutique says

    Thank you! Just what I needed to make a separate page for Jetpack subscription signup. Great plugin I’ll use often. :)

  17. Jessi says

    This plugin is perfect! I have a question though: How does one align the widget to the left of the post with the text wrapping around it? What is the exact CSS code that needs to be used?

  18. Shonda says

    Love your widget. However, how do you edit a widget to be able to use it on more than one post with different data? For instance, the widget I am using ask what category and how many post in that category I want to display.

    As it stands, I have to edit the widget in the short code area, then I can place it in one page. Now I want to add the widget to two other pages with a different category and # of posts. Thanks in advance.

  19. Sameer Verma says


    Is there anyway to display the widget id in all post. I want to display a widget below post in all type of posts .

    Actually i need a share this site below to all posts and pages .
    How i can??

  20. rianne says

    Hey! I added the widget in the main sidebarthing at the widget page and put the code in the page. I see the widget, wich is really cool, but i also see this message:

    Sidebar Shortcodeswith sidebarid Shortcodes empty or not defined.
    Widget dooodl! not in sidebar with id Shortcodes and with name Shortcodes

    How can i delete that? And why is it there?
    thanks! greetings

  21. Krishna veni says


    Is there anyway to display the widget id in all post. I want to display a widget below post title in all post

    Krishna Veni

  22. Cindy tucker says

    Help! I want to place a subscription widget under each post and I don’t know any code. How do I do this?

  23. Flame Denise says

    How about if mw widget is a Text with a title “Our Services”?
    All these shortcodes don’t work:

    [do_widget Text: Our Services]
    [do_widget Text:Our Services]
    [do_widget “Text: Our Services”]

    • Alexander Bradley says

      Don’t know why the writer didn’t get back to you. I had the same issue but found that the title for the Widget is just called Text. Try that and see if it works. Not sure what happens if you have multiple widgets called Text but I guess I see soon enough.

  24. Daniel Nielsen says


    What to call it if you wanner use the same widget more then one time in one page:

    [do_widget count down]
    [do_widget count down]

  25. Ashish says

    for example
    [do_widget “recent posts”] this one
    how can i align it in such a way that it appears with a specific height and width
    aligned to the right side of the post or in the middle of the post with the text surrounding it ?
    Is it possible ?

  26. Sarah says

    Is this missing any steps? I’ve tried the debug and it still doesn’t work. When I debug, I get a very generic name for the widget “text-4”.

    Is there a way to set the widget I’d manually?

    Is there a problem with the amr shortcode widget plugin? Eg is this still the plugin to use as of aug 2013?

  27. Prashant Ghai says

    This is an amazing tip. My blog has a single column theme and this is just the kind of thing i needed. Thanks a lot.

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