How to Create a Widgets in WordPress Step-by-Step:

Widgets are snippets of content containing information, navigation or media that is separate from an individual post or page.

WordPress widget allow you to add different kinds of extra content to your website outside the body of your post or the page.

This increases the functionality of your page. The users can get information, follow links and take actions.

In most cases, the WordPress theme has a widget area in the sidebar and footer. To add a widget to your site, you need to add it to a widget area.

Widget Areas and Themes – The widget area is encoded in into the theme template files and the theme function file.

Use Widget Screens to add Widgets

Widgets in WordPress

To add the widget to your WordPress go to the Appearance Tab and click on Widget. You will be directed to the Widget Screen.

To add a widget you can:

  • Either drag and drop the widget to the relevant area, or
  • Click on the widget you want to add and from the dropdown list, select the relevant area.

Once that is done, just click on the “Add Widget” button.

Note: You can add as many widget as you want to add but don’t add more than 2-3 widgets. Or else you will overload the website with codes.

WordPress has a bunch of widget preloaded so you can use them without installing any plugin or writing any code.

There are mainly two ways to get widget:

Using the Widgets that already come with WordPress

There are tons of widgets available on the WordPress Site. You can access these Widget on the Available Widgets option.

Here is a list of pre-installed WordPress Widgets:

  1. Archives
  2. Calendar
  3. Custom HTML
  4. Image
  5. Navigation Menu
  6. Recent Comments
  7. Tag Cloud
  8. Video
  9. Audio
  10. Categories
  11. Gallery
  12. Meta
  13. Pages
  14. Recent posts
  15. Search
  16. Text

Adding Widgets using Plugins

If you want a particular widget that is not available on the WordPress Site, you can access the WordPress Plugin directory which has thousands of Plugins with many widgets.

To find the right WordPress widget for you, you first think about the functionality the widget has to offer. Then search up the WordPress Plugin directory with keywords that match the functionality you are looking for.

Do some hit and trial. Most probably you will find the widget on the WordPress Plugin directory free of cost.

If you can’t find anything useful here, you can try looking for premium plugins.