Top 10 WordPress Widgets that Bloggers must Know
Widgets allow you to add static and dynamic content to different areas of your WordPress theme such as your sidebar, header, and footer which makes it one of the best features of WordPress. Widgets allow you to easily customize your site layout. There are many WordPress plugins and themes that allow you to add different widgets that provide some cool features to your website.
Simple Social Icons is a customizable way to display icons that link visitors to your various social profiles. It is a really simple widget to add social icons to your sidebars. All the configuration options are in the widget’s settings. You can also modify the icon by choosing background and icon font color.
This widget allows you to display a Google map in your site’s sidebar. It can display a single image, super-fast loading Google map in a widget. When a user clicks on the map, a larger map opens in a lightbox popup.
Adding an image to a sidebar requires writing the HTML in a text widget. However, many beginners are not comfortable with HTML and cannot properly style an image. With this widget, you can solve this problem by allowing users to add an image using the media uploader in WordPress. It also provides a graphic UI to add caption, alt text, and select the image size.
This widget allows you to display latest videos from your YouTube channel on your WordPress site. This plugin uses the YouTube IFrame player API that allows YouTube to serve an HTML5 player, rather than a Flash player, for mobile devices that do not support Flash. It displays your videos in a nice grid layout, which takes less space and looks more interesting.
Category Posts Widget allows you to display the most recent posts from a certain category. You can change the ordering of posts, show post thumbnail and set dimensions by width and height.
With this plugin, you can easily display an event calendar on your WordPress website. You can create your events using Google Calendar and then sync the calendar with the plugin to display the calendar on your website.
By default WordPress comes with a categories widget. There is no default widget to display custom taxonomies in the sidebar of a WordPress site. This widget creates a simple menu of your custom taxonomies and their associated terms, ideal for sidebars.
Easily add social proofing to your website with Testimonials Widget. You can list or slide reviews using functions, shortcodes, or widgets. Testimonials allow you to show off your satisfied clients and customers. Testimonials Widget helps you easily create testimonials and display them using a widget or shortcode.
Using this plugin you can write contact information, social links, google map and display on your website where you want by simply filling out a form. After that you can simply drag and drop contact info widgets to your sidebar to display this information.
Just like the name suggests WordPress Popular Posts plugin allows you to display your website’s most popular posts in a nice widget. It is a highly customizable widget that allows you to display popular posts by number of views or display popular posts by number of comments.
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