Widgets and How To Use Them
Apart from Posts and Pages, Widgets and Menus are the two most important things on your website. Without either of these things, readers wouldn’t know where posts were or even if they existed.
A Widget is a configurable block of presets already loaded into WordPress that you can implement into your site to increase ease of use. Widgets can be calendars, text boxes, lists of recent activity, or even custom menus (See “Menus and How To Use Them” for more information). To add a widget to your site, access the “Widgets” page in the “Appearance” tab to the left of your Dashboard. Once you have access to the Widget control panel (pictured), expand the boxes to the right in order display which Widgets they are currently using and also to add more Widgets by simply dragging one into the box. Once you have moved the Widget into the box, you have more options to configure. Usually this includes the Title, which is what the Widget will be labelled on the page rather than “Text Box” for example. You can include as many widgets as you like, remembering that you don’t want to clutter the page at the same time.
When you log in as an Administrator, you will have access to the “Appearance” tab on the left navigation menu. If you expand the Appearance tab, you will see pages for Themes, Widgets, Menus, Mobile Theme, Mobile Widgets, Mobile Switcher, and Header.
Making use of a Custom Menu
In the Widgets control panel, scan the available Widgets to find “Custom Menu”. Drag-and-drop a Custom Menu widget to the box where you want to place it. Alternatively, you can just click on the Custom Menu widget and select the box you would like to add it to, however, using drag-and-drop allows you to freely change the order of widgets in each box.
After adding the Custom Menu module it will open up with some information areas that may need to be filled. Eventually you may have more than one menu so WordPress asks you to select a menu. All of your Custom Menus that you have created will be displayed here, and you are asked to identify the one you want in this location.
Filling the Title area is optional, but we recommend giving titles to your menus if you plan to make them available to browsers on mobile devices such as smartphones. Having a Title will allow your menu contents to collapse and will make reading your pages on mobile devices much easier. You can always come back here to add, remove, or change title contents
This menu will appear on every page and post on your blog. You can add as many menus as you need to the left and right sidebars.