So now you have finally started dealing with WordPress and you are dealing with it in a proper way, but is there any option for making it much more easier and effective?
The answer is definitely YES.
Here we will be talking about every best WordPress widgets which will help you for a better experience with the WordPress.
What is a widget on a Website?
Basically, a widget is a small program designed to perform some particular task. You can easily drag and drop the widgets in any of the area (sidebar, footer, left-sidebar, header section).
WordPress has some set of standard widgets which is applicable for any of the theme you are using. Generally, you can add the widget in the sidebar on your website. These widgets can also be in the header and footer. It basically performs its task in a less area. There are multiple widgets provided by the WordPress and here we will be discussing some of the best WordPress widgets.
Why do we need widgets?
The next question which might be popping up in your mind might be, why do we need these widgets?
Well, the answer is quite simple, it provides a easy access to the viewers in a less amount of space. Just think about it, if your website has a static widget (means the widget is found in every page of the website) containing the contents of your articles.
Now if I am a viewer of your blog than I would love to choose the variety of your article just by seeing the sidebar of your blog rather than moving in the previous page, again and again, to search for the content.
I hope you got the idea of why widgets are required.
Top 5 best WordPress widgets
Though WordPress provides a huge variety of widgets in this article we have discussed some of the best WordPress widgets. We have also mentioned some of the WordPress widget tutorials in the following list.
Let us get started.
1. Recent post widget with Thumbnail
It is a default widget provided by the WordPress. Basically, a plain list of the recent post is shown on the side of the website. It basically allows showing the recent post with thumbnails. It also provides the control to adjust the size of the widget.
Generally, the featured image or the first image is used as a thumbnail.
2. Social Count Plus
This one allows you to show your followers in the social media platforms. It basically shows the number of people following you in social media, hence it improves a better relationship with your viewers.
3. Simple Contact Info
Basically after filling out a particular form where you add all the required information, which you can show in your site. It generally provides a drag and drop option, making this widget easy to use.
4. Youtube Channel Gallery
This widget allows you to showcase your youtube videos in the site. The videos are showcased in an attractive manner and it won’t even occupy a huge amount of space.
5. Quick Chat
This free WordPress widget is one of my favorites since it allows the viewers to interact with the members of the website. You can add this widget wherever you want. It also helps in building a good relationship with the viewers.
Generally, these were the best WordPress widgets which are comfortable for every single user.
WordPress also gives you the power to create your own custom widget. Let’s see how it can be done.
How to create a custom widget in WordPress?
All you need to do for creating your own custom widget is you just have to type a few lines of codes
Follow this tutorial to know how you can create a custom widget in wordpress.
Get the code from above url and Follow these steps to create a custom widget in wordpress.
- Paste your code in the function.php file
- Once you are done with the above-mentioned steps, Login to your wodpress and go to Appearance and then click on the Widgets option
- You will find the widget called "WPBeginner Widget"
- Darg and drop your widget in the sidebar or any secion of your page. (As per theme settings)
- As per the code you will get title as "NEW TITLE" and description as "Hello, World!".
These were the technique for creating a custom widget.
Well, this was some of the information regarding the best WordPress widgets.
Let us know which widget helped you the most. For any queries hit us in the comment section.