First off, thank you for visiting this WordPress Video Tutorial on Working with Widgets in WordPress. This tutorial will cover the basics of text widgets, rss widgets and widget ready themes in WordPress.
Widgets and Widget Areas
Consider WordPress Widgets like a plugin, they are designed to provide a simple way to place elements in areas of a WordPress Theme. Sometimes widgets are placed in a sidebar on a theme that can be either on the left or right side. Widgets offer an easy way to place code throughout a site without having to change a lot of code. If you are a theme developer, you might want to check out the section on Automattic on how to “widgetize” themes and plugins.
Adding a Widget to a Widget area
Adding a widget to the widget area allows you to extend your websites functionality by adding code, or coding to areas on the template or theme that extend throughout the whole site. If you are building a custom WordPress Theme for your website, then you would know where exactly the widget areas are throughout the website.
- Login to the WordPress Administration Panel
- Click on Appearance and then Widgets
- Click the widget you wish to add and drop it into the widget area
Inactive widgets are stored in the “Inactive Widgets” of WordPress. They are simply widgets that were once active, but are now inactive. So if you want to drag Widgets that you are not using anymore to this area, to save them for later, then this place to do that.