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How to add a widget to your blog

 

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What is a widget? | Why add widgets? |Add widgets in Wordpress| Add widgets in Blogger |
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What is a widget?

A widget is an extra item of content to add onto your blog's sidebar. A widget operates on its own and won't affect your posts or any other features of your blog. A widget could be a badge, a button, a subscribe feature or a Twitter module. You can add several widgets to your blog, and you can decide where you want them to appear on your blog.

Why add widgets to a blog?

Blogger and Wordpress offer inhouse widgets that bloggers can find really useful, including a 'subscribe' button, an archive and a widget displaying most popular posts. These widgets can make your blog easier to sift through, or offer your readers extra information or activities to engage with.

Widgets from external websites help you weave your blog into the web and increase your online presence. For instance, the Mumsnet Bloggers Badge is a widget, and Twitter also offers a widget showing your most recent posts.

How to add a widget to your blog in Blogger

  • Log into Blogger.
  • Click 'Layout' from the dropdown menu.

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  • Choose where you want your widget to go, and click 'Add a Gadget'.
  • You now have a range of options to choose from, starting with 'Basics'.
  • Click on the widget you want, then click 'Save'.
  • You can move your widgets around by dragging and dropping them on the layout page.
  • Press 'Save Arrangement' once you've finished.
  • Remember that some of these widgets have been built by amateur programmers and may not be error-free.

 

How to add a widget to your blog in WordPress

  • Log into WordPress.
  • Go to 'Dashboard', click 'Appearances' and then 'Widgets'.
  • Scroll down and find the widget you're looking for. Drag and drop it into your 'Main Sidebar' on the right-hand column (see below)
  • Give it a title and click 'Save' on the individual widget. It should now appear on your blog.

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Last updated: 15-Apr-2013 at 3:01 PM