Changing your sidebar widgets

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The term widget refers to any tool or content that you add, arrange or remove from the sidebar(s) of your blog — these are the blocks that make up your sidebar.

How widgets are used

Widgets are used for a wide range of purposes including:

  • Help students, parents and visitors find information on the blog e.g. Search widget, pages widget, category widget, tag widget (learn more about categories and tags here)
  • Track visitors to the blog.  Visitor tracking widgets are used to highlight a blog’s global audience.  This can be incredibly motivating for students and provides a built in geography lesson.  e.g. ClustrMaps, Flag Counter,  Feedjit Live Traffic Feed
  • Student engagement e.g. Quiz widgets, Pet widgets
  • Links to helpful resources, student blogs and other class blogs e.g. Links widget
  • Events Calendar for important dates e.g. Google Calendar
  • Book lists e.g. Shelfari bookshelf
  • Email notification of new posts e.g. email subscription widget
  • Displaying comments or posts recently posted e.g recent comments widget, recent posts widget

Widget Video Tutorial

Watch the video below to learn how to add widgets to your sidebar

How to add a widget

Adding a widget is as simple as:

1.  Go to Appearance > Widget in your Dashboard.


2.  Click on the desired Sidebar to expand (so you can add the widgets)

3.  Drag the widget from the Available Widgets into the desired Sidebar.

You drag by click on the widget with your left mouse and moving the widget.

4.  Drop the widget when you see a dashed line appear – this indicates the widget is in place.

5.  The widget will automatically open — just configure, click Save and then Close.

6.  To open and close a widget click the small arrow on the right side of the widget.

How to remove a widget

Removing a widget is as simple as:

1.  Go to Appearance > Widget in your Dashboard.

2.  Click on the small arrow on the right hand side of the widget you want to remove.

3.  Click Delete.

This returns the widget to the Inactive Widget area.

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