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Widgets are used to add features and functionality to the sidebar (usually) of your blog. Widget placement is dependent on themes.

If you change themes your widgets and settings might not be preserved. You can drag your widgets to the Inactive Widgets section of the widgets page in your dashboard to preserve their settings.

Block Themes, such as Twenty Twenty-three and Twenty Twenty-to do not support widgets. The functionality is taken over by block that you can add to page templates.


This blog has just been created with a standard set of widgets.

Screenshot sidebar with Widgets

Widgets Dashboard

You can access the widget dashboard from the Appearance section. You may have to show that section using the drop down disclosure arrow.

Screenshot Widgets Dashboard

Adding Widgets

On the Widget page of your dashboard you add widgets to the sidebar by dragging them.

After adding widgets many need to be configured. For example adding a text or about widget will need some text filled in. The Widget will need to be Saved [1] too.

Screenshot Adding a Text Widget

Text Widget

The above widget on the side bar. We have also added a Tag Cloud Widget.

Screenshot Text Widget on sidebar

Pages about specific widgets:

2 thoughts on “Widgets”

    1. Hi,
      There is a Milestone Widget that will let you do exactly that. I’ve just added an example to the righthand side of this site.
      You need to:
      1. Activate the Jetpack Plugin if it is not active
      In Jetpack settings (which will be in the dashboard once the plugin is active) Turn on extra sidebar widgets.
      In Appearance->Widgets add the Milestone Widget and configure.
      I’ll drop you an emai lwith this information too.

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