Essential WordPress widgets
Once you understand what widgets are, you will likely need more of them for your site. As we mentioned earlier, WordPress doesn’t come with much choice of widgets. The good news is there are plenty of free and premium WordPress widgets using plugins. The options may be overwhelming to newbies, for this reason, we’ve compiled a list of core widgets useful for all WordPress sites.
Image widgets provide a simple way to display an image in your WordPress websites sidebars. Adding images to sidebars is an easy way to add some visual interest to your site. HTML knowledge is needed to add an image to a sidebar, to avoid using HTML we recommend the Image Widget. With this plugin users can add an image using the WordPress Media uploader, you may add captions, alt text, and select the image size the easy way with their graphic UI. Look to Envira for one of the most powerful and user friendly image plugin compatible with widgets. To showcase more images, consider a slider widget such as Soliloquy, a powerful and user-friendly WordPress slider plugin.
The WordPress text widget is one the most flexible, anything you can form with HTML can go into this widget which is designed specifically to hold text and code. Insert text, links, images, video, the possibilities are endless. You don’t need a plugin, this is included with your WordPress installation.
WordPress comes with a pages widget which adequately displays your pages in your sidebar making it easier for your readers to navigate around, alternatively, the Flexi pages widget is highly customizable, include and exclude pages, show as dropdown boxes and Sort by preferences.
WordPress comes with a basic categories widget that shows all recent posts from a selected category. For expanded functions, we recommend the Category posts widget, this displays categories elegantly. The premium version features eye catching extra from vertical and horizontal sliders, Categories, Custom Post Types, Taxonomies, Events, Products, responsive grid layouts and more.
The pre installed WordPress Calendar Widget is a straight forward calendar which displays links to your posts by date. This is quite basic, you can’t create or display calendar events or anything similar. There are many calendars with more functionalities such as Google Calendar and plugins which display more complex booking and ticketing systems such as Booking Calendar.
Social Media widget
Social media widgets let your visitors connect with you through your preferred networks including Twitter, Facebook and Google. Use the Social Icons Plus widget to display buttons linked to your social media accounts in any widget area of your theme.
RSS widgets provide an ideal way of integrating outside content into your site. The WordPress RSS Widget allows you to integrate an external feed for recently published content from any source into a Widget area of your site.
Add from any RSS feed such as your Twitter account, Facebook posts, Google+ posts, or other blogs, useful if you want to bring attention to these sources in your sidebar. The WordPress RSS Widget displays either the post title, limited characters of a Tweet, a link to the original source.
The footer area is a key component of a site generally not considered important, on the contrary, a good footer area incorporates helpful data about the site. You might include T&Cs, delivery charges, sitemap, contact us and once in a while promotional banners in this segment adding valuable data to connect with your visitors. Footer widgets are used to tweak the presence of a site or to execute extra usefulness in it. Utilizing footer gadgets such as Add Inserter Plugin spares you time to execute extra components.