WordPress Widget Review
This is a video about some of the most used wordpress widgets.
I take a look at the Archive, Category, Tabs, Recent Comment, Recent Post and Links widgets.
It helps to know what they are and more importantly how some folks use them.
So we take a look at some sites that are using them to get a better fix on how and what you can get out of them.
So take a look at the video.
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Here’s the transcript of the video if you prefer reading the post. Enjoy.
Hey Claude Pelanne of Affiliate Starting Line. Welcome. This is going to be
video 5 on the WordPress Widgets video series and this is going to be the
last one for this part for a while. And then I’ll come back and do some
updates if we need to, but here are some widgets that we didn’t cover in
the first 4 videos and you should be aware of. The first one is called
archives. By the way, the widget dashboard page displays differently on
this particular website. It looks like this on my blog, it displays a
little bit differently. So you get used to that and depending on the theme
you’re using and the version of WordPress that’s in there it may display
differently, but the basic availability of the same Widgets are there
anyway. So archives, remember you can drag them over. In some of these new
formats you don’t drag them over, a dialogue box opens up and then you
click it to move it over. Archives will give you information on your
website organized by date. So if you have a website that’s been around a
long time it will organize it by year, by month, by day, and it allows
people to access their information chronologically and we’ll see a sample
of that shortly.
A lot of people use categories to display on their sidebar. It
allows people to see what their website is about and it organizes things
very clearly by category. So they can access information based on how you
have your site organized. Now you organize your categories by going up to
the posts tab here, clicking on the categories page when you design your
site and then you name your categories and you organize your site on the
categories dashboard. When you drag the widget over to the sidebar it will
then access that information and display it just how you’ve laid it out on
your category dashboard page. What’s another good one? Links. Links are
links to other sites that you find interesting, better known as a blog roll
and you organize your links, again the widget will display the links as
they have been organized up here in your links page. So if you have a links
page and you organized your links it will show you what they are, you add
new links to the links page by clicking add new link, filling in the name,
the web address, etc. So that’s how the links get organized and your
widget. Then there are some others here that people do use. Recent
comments, people like to put recent comments. This is a widget that will
organize the comments that come onto your blog from the comments dashboard
page and put them in here and you can organize the number that you have.
You can title all of these widgets, custom title them if you want, so it
doesn’t have to say recent comments, it can say whatever title it is you
want. Recent comments, recent posts.
People like to put samples of their most recent information in the sidebar
so that people can gain access to it, so you just drag it over and then tag
cloud. The tag cloud is another one that comes in handy. It organizes the
information on your website by keyword. As you create the content on your
website one of the things you should do when you’re creating a post is put
some tags that are relevant to whatever that post is about and that way if
you put the display the tag cloud and people click on the tag they will
access your posts. Those are some of the samples of the widgets that we
didn’t cover that you should be aware of. Tags, tag cloud, recent posts,
recent comments, links, categories, archives. Let’s take a look and see how
some people use them. Here’s a website, sugarrae.com, a very prominent
well-known expert in SEO and affiliate marketing. She has the categories
here laid out so you can see how her site is organized and if you want to
access information related to those categories you can just click on the
categories. She also has top posts. These are the posts that she wants to
highlight, popular reviews or reviews she has made.
Glenn Allsop, he’s got popular posts. So you just see how the recent posts
or popular posts, you can rename these as you want, will emphasize
information you want to make available to your viewers. Topics is just
another way of calling them categories, and you can see how it’s organized
here on his sidebar. Eric Nagel, another well-known affiliate marketer and
SEO expert. Now here he has the tags, so if I were to click on data feeds
it’s going to take me to all of the web posts that relate to data feeds if
I were interested in that subject. Recent comments, he’s got them there.
Categories, he’s got his stuff organized so you can see how his website is
The most recent comments, blog roll, so now these are all the people that
he recommends that you know about. Recent posts, this is the most recent
information he has and then his guest posts where he has written
information on other posts. So you can see how those widgets are working.
Then Guru Bob, another SEO expert. He’s got categories, he has the blog
roll, he has his most recent posts and then here you see the archives
organized by year. It takes you right down the line and if you can click on
any one of these and delve in, he’s got his tags. His tag roll is right
here, so you can see the way these widgets and the way this information is
organized. Some of these widgets can be dragged into the sidebar and some
of them can be dragged into the footer depending on the type of
configuration or theme you are using and we’ve just seen samples of that.
All you’ve got to do is just drag and drop. So that’s it. These are some
of the samples of widgets you should be aware of. I hope this video has
been helpful. This is Claude Pelanne at Affiliate Starting Line. Stay with
it, stay well and we’ll talk to you soon.