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Most Useful Sidebar Widgets for WordPress Website and Blog
As a Blogger we know Blog’s Sidebar is a great opportunity to keep engagement by highlighting your own content or provided some complimentary content ie: showing your popular posts, adding a banner link to a category page, showing weather for a local blog etc. It also serves as a great way to capture visitors (ie: newsletter signup, social media links, etc).
We Know WordPress is the best content management system and helps you to easily customize the site with the handy widgets.
The ability to utilize sidebar Widgets brings an added layer of convenience and functionality to WordPress. Widgets can provide a wide range of functions that help users find their way around, share your content and gain useful information. Beyond that, there are now more ways than ever to expand the way you use and implement widgets on your Website & Blog.
In this post we will discuss about the Widget plugins which we can install on our WordPress website that will improve the flexibility of widgets and sidebars, along with a selection of individual widgets that our Visitors will find helpful.
Recent posts are the best way to show the latest activity on your site. Whenever audience visits your site especially the repeat visitors, they are keen in checking the recent posts. Normally WordPress allows you to show the posts by default. But this widget helps you to display the recent posts along with thumbnail image. You can add the featured image to show and even adjust its size. This will enhance the user experience.
Easily display your contact and social media profile links with Contact Widgets. Just fill out the widget fields and your contact information (complete with a Google map) will display in your sidebar. Social profile links from all the big services are displayed via attractive icons. It’s a simple enough widget, but something just about every site can use.
Social icons play a crucial role to earn the credibility of the audience and building the authority of the site. This widget can be displayed to your sidebars. You can easily display the main social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+, etc. All you need to do is adding the social profile links. This will help to send the audience to your social media accounts and provide a chance to connect with you or your brand. This is also an effective way to grow your Followers base.
While WordPress has its own native RSS Widget, FEEDZY RSS Feeds Lite is a more robust option. It offers aggregation of multiple feeds, the ability to display images and also includes a powerful Shortcode. Feeds can also be categorized to bring together relevant sources.
Adding testimonials is an effective way to satisfy the customers and get a lot of projects. When customers read the testimonials, they can trust your site and buy the products or services from your site. You can select the number of testimonials to be displayed. For better results, you can add this widget in the footer of the site.
Updating WordPress can be a real hassle, especially if you are running several sites at once. The Easy Updates Manager gives you more control over the process.
The plugin is highly customizable. Determine whether to update major or minor core releases automatically as well as themes and plugins for one site or several.
This is a useful WordPress plugin to add the featured page in the sidebar of the site. You can display the page Title, image and excerpt from the page. This is an effective way to showcase your “About us” or “About me” page. Even if you don’t know WordPress development and customization, this neat plugin will help you to fulfill the purpose.
In case you didn’t know, for every image uploaded to your site WordPress creates several versions of it in different sizes. This is so you don’t have to input a pixe size, 5MB image in a place where it will only show up as a 150 by 150 thumbnail.
Image sizes are controlled under Settings > Media. You can change the sizes according to your needs, such as to exactly fit your content area.
However, what about the images already on your site? That’s what this plugin is for. It lets you generate new versions of your images with the updated size.
A star-rating system is an elegant way to let your users provide you with feedback in a matter of seconds. Using the Rating-Widget plugin, you can add star rating systems to your posts, pages, WooCommerce products, and even individual authors.
The Rating-Widget Star Ratings WordPress plugin allows you to create and manage ratings from within your WordPress dashboard. You can embed thumb & star ratings into your posts, pages or comments. All Rating-Widget star ratings are fully customizable, cross-browser, support multi-language, CSS3 compliant. You can create unlimited thumb & star ratings and collect unlimited votes. The reviews editor allows you to fully customize your ratings and their placement on your blog’s layout. You can also avail of the ‘Top Rated’ widget that will allow you to place the widget in your sidebar. This widget will show you the top rated posts, pages and comments.