A WordPress widget is a small block that adds additional content and features to your website’s sidebars, which are also known as widget-ready areas on your web pages. These widgets perform specific functions. WordPress comes with default widgets like those for post categories, archives, custom menus, search bars, etc.
What’s great about these widgets is that they don’t require you to have any coding experience or expertise. With WordPress, you can simply add, remove, or rearrange widgets by dragging and dropping them into a specific widget area. They provide a simple and easy way to give you design and structure control over your theme.
A lot of themes these days are widget-ready and come with multiple widget areas. However, themes are not required to have widget areas. Some plugins also add their own widgets to give you more control over the display of a plugin’s functions.
You can find a list of available WordPress widgets and widget areas simply by logging in to your WordPress admin panel and going to the Appearance >> Widgets section.
On the left side of the page, you’ll see all available widgets. You can also see default widgets here, as well as any additional widgets that were added by your installed plugins. On the right side of the page, you will see all of the widget-ready areas.
Again, to add a widget to a location, you can just drag the widget from its place on the left, into the right section to activate them. You can also just drag a widget back or click Delete if you want to remove it.
If you want to customize a widget’s features, just click the down arrow in the upper right corner to expand its interface. Once you’re done, click Save.
If you have any questions or need help using widgets, simply click the Help tab found on top of the screen. Here, you will find an overview and more information on reusing and removing WordPress widgets, as well as handling missing widgets if you ever decide to change your theme.