Widgets comprise various on-page elements which can be displayed in the sidebar on your WordPress blog or website as well as in any other widget areas defined by your currently active theme. Some themes include widget areas in the header or footer of your page among other locations. A default installation of WordPress comes with a number of widgets which can add additional functionality to your blog, such as a tag cloud, search box or even just a simple text box containing text, media or HTML code. Certain plugins also add widgets to your WordPress blog. For example, the popular WP-Polls plugin allows you to create and configure on-site polls which are displayed on your website by way of a widget. This guide takes a look at how to use and configure widgets.
1 – Using Built-in Widgets
WordPress comes with many widgets already, including a calendar, recent comments and recent posts.
2 – Installing Additional Widgets
Additional widgets usually come with relevant plugins. Many plugins which add additional user interaction to your blog provide a widget feature.
More advanced users can configure widget areas and the way in which they are displayed by editing the code found in the widgets.php file. This is accessible from the Appearance > Editor page or from the Themes folder of your WordPress installation.
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