Widgets are add ons for your sidebar, footer and possibly other areas for your site depending on how your theme is set up. You can add almost into into these from text to add codes to plugins you have have installed on your site.
To edit your widgets you will need to go to “Appearances” in your dashboard and click on “Widgets” which will lead you to a page similar to this (note some widget items may varey depending on your theme or setup). If you have a theme from Pixel Me Designs it most likely has this same setup as above.
Each box is set for a different area of the site and most are self explanatory. Header Right adds items to the right side of the header, primary sidebar adds items to the site’s sidebar, and so on and so forth. Clicking the small arrow located on the right of the widget area drops it down to show what is active there.
On the left hand side you will see an assortment of add ons like recent posts, categories, archives, user profile, text and more. There are many that come standard and many that come when you install a plugin so each person’s widget area may be different. To add any of these items simply drag and drop them to the corresponding widget area and release. At that point you can edit any settings that widget may have and click save, after you save it the item will appear on your site. To remove an item from the widget area simply click the small grey arrow and select “Remove”.
A few widgets and to use them:
If you need to place adsense codes or other ads/scripts onto your sidebar or another widget area you will want to use the “Text” widget. This allows for any regular text or HTML text to be placed.
This will display a drop down or list of your monthly archives on the website, many sponsors and companies want to see this for easy access to previous posts.
This will display a drop down or list of all the categories on your website, great for quick reference for readers
This is a must on all sites, you want your readers to easily be able to find posts or pages by keywords or topics
This will display a link list of recent posts on your website, this does not include thumbnail options however. You will want to use a plugin to include thumbnails or use Genesis Featured Post widget if your site is built on Genesis Framework