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Lesson 9 – Understanding and using widgets in your new business website

This lesson is from our older Start Building Your Website Here series, for updated content please go to the new lessons.

This video tutorial shows you how to use and configure widgets in your WordPress website. Widgets provide you with almost unlimited opportunities for customizing your site. They are a small program or bit of functionality that you can install onto your website.  In this lesson we will take a tour of the widget panel including the default widgets that are already installed. They are divided generally into two categories. The first is blog specific or blog-related and the second is more general. Some general widgets that are not related to the blog are Google Custom Search, Links, Meta, Pages, RSS, Subscriptions, and Text. These are all widgets that are not specific to blog posts but can be used throughout the website related to the website itself.

Next we will add specific widgets to the website including a search and an announcements widget. We also cover the differences and between the Available and the Inactive Widgets.  It is important to note that Inactive Widgets allow you to remove a widget yet save information that you had originally entered for you to reuse again later. Finally, we look at using the text widget to display plain text, HTML and Google Gadget code, and images. It is perhaps the most flexible and powerful of all of the standard widgets.

In this lesson you will learn about:

Understanding the widgets panel in WordPress- Watch the Video

  • What is a widget?
  • Blog related widgets
  • General type widgets

Using widgets in the pages – Watch the Video

  • Adding a Search widget
  • Adding an Announcements widget
  • Widget placement in WordPress and Thesis
  • Available vs Inactive widgets
  • Widget titles

Adding text widgets – Watch the Video

  • Using HTML in a text widget
  • Use HTML formatting without knowing it using the text editor
  • Adding code to a text widget
  • Adding Google Gadgets to your site using a text widget
  • Adding a Google calendar to your site