Using Widgets to Add Footer or Sidebar Content

WordPress widgets are small modules that can include HTML, images, categories or other content.

Widgets are a popular way for bloggers to display recent posts, categories, monthly archives and similar features in the right rail of a blog.

Widgets are also useful on organizational websites for including text in the footer of the site.

If you add a widget to the sidebar, it will appear in the sidebar of every page on your site.


Adding widgets

  1. Go to Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets.
  2. On the right side of the screen, click to expand Sidebar or Footer.
  3. Drag the desired widget from under Available Widgets on the left side of the screen to into the desired column – Sidebar or Footer – on the right side of the screen.
  4. To reorder a widget within the Sidebar or Footer, drag and drop it to the desired location.
  5. To customize the widget features, click the down arrow in the upper right corner to expand the widget’s interface.
  6. Click Save.


How many widgets?

Too much “noise” in the sidebar or footer will cause visitors to ignore this content completely. When in doubt about a widget, leave it out.


Include four widgets maximum, and preferably fewer (this site has one).

Note that contact information is added to the footer using the customizer rather than a widget.


Keep sidebar widgets to a minimum; they’re most appropriate if you intend to use your WashU Site for blogging. Rely instead on clear menus that are easy to navigate. If you do add sidebar widgets, keep them shorter than the main body content.


Widget tutorials

Using the Text Widget

Add text, links or other HTML using the text widget

Related tutorials

Editing the Footer Contact Information

Visitors to your site will expect to find contact information in the footer, which appears at the bottom of every page.