What Is A WordPress Widget For? How Is It Used?

what is a wordpress widget for

What Is A WordPress Widget For?

You need to know what is a WordPress widget for when you are building your website.

Widgets!! What on earth have they to do with WordPress?!?

Before I joined Wealthy Affiliate, I thought that a widget was something which was found at the bottom of a beer can!!

But what is a WordPress widget?

For along time I had absolutely no idea, I had just heard of them! They were a foreign country to me. I should have learnt what they were through the brilliant trainings at Wealthy Affiliate, but they sounded just too complicated to me, so I put that training on one side.

Big mistake!! They can do so much to improve the appearance and efficient working of  your website. So I finally bit the bullet and knuckled down to try to understand them!

In very simple terms, widgets are used to put text and images into the sidebars and the bottom of your site, amongst other things.

For example, you can add menus, pages and banners to your sidebar, including advertisements for anything you are offering for sale through Affiliate Marketing. You can also add links to any pages which you do not want in your main menu, such as your Privay Policy or your Affiliate disclosure, to the bottom of your site. You can also add a “Search bar”.

This can help greatly with the navigation of your site for your visitors.

When you go to your WordPress dashboard, click on “Appearance” and then on “Widgets.

That will bring you to a page which looks like this:

what is a wordpress widget for

Those tabs labelled “texts” etc are movable. When you want to add an image or some text to the sidebar or bottom of your site, you drag and drop the text boxes into the position where you want them: sidebar or bottom, and you can arrange them in whatever order you like.

Into those text boxes you need to put HTML text.

HTML text! I don’t understand what that is you, are probably saying!

Don’t worry! You can learn exactly how to find it and where to put it in this brilliant training by Steph Hill on the Wealthy Affiliate site.  I found it invaluable. Please feel free to click on the link and see it too.

That is just one of the trainings on HTML, you will find more on that and every other subject you may need to know at Wealthy Affiliate

More Training Available On Wealthy Affiliate

Here is a list of the other superb trainings on Widgets and how to use them that you will find in Wealthy Affiliate. There are trainings on the different kinds of widgets, and I am sure you will find one which covers whatever you need:

what is a wordpress widget for

The Best Way To Learn

By far the best way to learn all about Internet Marketing, including all about everything to do with WordPress including what is a WordPress widget for is to join Wealthy Affiliate. You can put away your credit card, because it is Free to Join. There are some trainings available elsewhere which cost thousands of dollars, but you will find that none of them is anywhere near as good as at Wealthy Affiliate University!

There are two levels of membership. Take a look at the following table to see what you get for each:
what is a wordpress widget for

The free training is great for anyone just starting out, and if you wish to remain as a free member, then that is fine. But if you decide that you would really like to learn more, then there is a special bonus for you if you upgrade within the first seven days of joining: a special rate of just $19 for the first month!

But do take advantage of the free membership to start with, then you can really have a chance to look around inside and see if Wealthy Affiliate is a good fit for you. I have learnt everything I know about Internet Marketing since I became a member earlier this year. Before I joined I was completely clueless!!!

If you would like to know more about Wealthy Affiliate University, here is the link to my post about it on this site.

I really look forward to meeting you on the inside when you join, and I will contact you very soon after you join.

Many thanks for reading this, and if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them in the box below.

Till next time


what is a wordpress widget for


2 thoughts on “What Is A WordPress Widget For? How Is It Used?”

  1. Widgets are basically a function you can literally “paste” onto your site. Its very convenient. Sometimes it can be a calendar, a search box or some other stuff.

    Wealthy affiliate is a great training ground to help people learn the ropes of working at home.

    Online is the new thing and the best thing. Thank you for the good read.

    1. Thank you so much for your comments Blame.

      I know that I tried to build a website using WordPress before I found Wealthy Affiliate, and I failed miserably because there was no one to explain it to me!! Now, with the help I found there, I know what I am doing and the difference is immeasurable!

      Chrissie 🙂

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