Adding, editing and deleting widgets from the sidebar of your WordPress website or blog is as easy as 1-2-3. If you know how to click your mouse and drag it, you can manipulate the sidebar of your website.

First, log in to your website using mydomain.com/wp-admin. Once you are logged in, on the left-hand side, you will see a menu heading titled “Appearance”. In that menu is a list to choose from. Your list may vary from the screenshot below depending on your particular website. Click on “Widgets” within that menu.

When you are in the Widgets page, you will see a list of all the available widget areas for your website. These widgetized areas are not necessarily limited to the sidebar. Many WordPress website utilize the widget to create editable areas throughout many pages of the website, including the footer. A well-designed WordPress website will have these areas labeled so you know exactly what you are editing on your website.

To add, edit or delete content from your sidebar or widgetized area, find the area you want to change from the list on the right side of the page. Click the arrow to the right of the box to open it up. To put a widget in the sidebar, simply find one that you want to add from the middle section of the page, click on it and drag it into the sidebar box. Once it is in your sidebar, you will be able to edit the contents of that widget.

Now that you have your widget in place, you can start editing it. If you are adding a new widget, it will open up automatically for you to edit. If there was an existing widget in the box, you will need to click the gray arrow on that widget to open it up to get to the editable information. All widgets have different settings. For the purpose of this tutorial, we are just using the basic “Text” widget that allows you to put anything you want in it, including text and HTML. This is an easy way to manually add links, lists, images and videos. Most WordPress websites have specific dimensions for the sidebar. In order to keep your content within the bounds of those dimensions, make sure to keep your content within the size limits. Notice on this widget, the YouTube video dimensions are set to 276px wide, while the height of 187px is automatically calculated by YouTube in order to maintain the ratio of the video. Once you have the content (whether plain text or HTML) for your widget, copy and paste it into your text box and click the blue “Save” button.

It is that simple. You just changed the content on your site without any advanced technical knowledge! And you can change the content on any widget area as often as you like to keep your visitors coming back for more.

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