Using Widgets

WordPress Widgets add additional content and features to your WordPress site. Examples of widgets are search bars, a list of post categories or tags, and custom menus.

WordPress Widgets add additional content and features to your WordPress site. Examples of widgets are search bars, a list of post categories or tags, and custom menus.

One of the great things about WordPress and Providence College custom widgets is that they require no code experience or expertise. Thanks to WordPress, they can simply be added, removed and rearranged.

The actual location of widgets on your site depends on your WordPress theme. Most WordPress themes offer several different page templates that decide where widget locations are in the page design, such as in the sidebar of your blog, or at the bottom of your home page.

In addition to the default WordPress widgets, WordPress plugins often add their own widgets as well. Some may add additional options for customization features.

To see how widgets work, log in to your WordPress site and visit the Appearance > Widgets panel. On the left side of the page, you’ll see all available widgets. Default widgets will be visible here, plus the additional Providence College custom widgets created.

To add a widget to a location, simply drag the widget from its place on the left into the right section to activate them. To remove them, simply drag the widget back or click delete.

Adding Widgets to your Page or Post

To add a widget to a Page or Post, simply follow the instructions below:

  1. In the “Left Sidebar Settings” or “Right Sidebar Settings“, check-off the “Show Left Sidebar?” or “Show Right Sidebar?” to show the WebParts area.
  2. Click on the “Add WebPart” blue button and choose “Widgets WebPart
  3. Click “Add Widget” blue button
  4. Two fields will appear will appear for each Widget:
    1. Remove Title?: If this is checked off, the title of the Widget will not appear.
    2. Select Widget: This is a dropdown list of all of the Widgets created and in the “Sidebar” area
  5. If you want to add more than one, just click “Add Widget” after selecting the widget. You can drag and drop to change the order.
  6. Once you are done adding the Widgets, you can either click “Update“ or continue editing the page.

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