Changing WordPress Widgets

At the time of this writing, I’m using the Thematic Theme Framwork. I’m sure I’ll build my own theme for this blog in time, but for the moment I’m concentrating on other things. The Thematic Theme Framwork has 13 widget ready areas, which is more than plenty. I’m just going to rearrainge my sidebar today, so I’ll show you how it’s done.

1. Manage widgets

Log into WordPress and go to Appearance>Widgets. Mine looks something like this:

wordpress-widgets-1

On the left side is a list of all the available widgets. On the right side is a list of the widgets that are currently in use in the selected widget ready area.

2. Add and remove widgets

Use the drop down list at the top of the right side to select which widget ready area you want to add or remove widgets from. To add a new widget, find the one you want in the left hand column and click Add. To remove a widget that is already in use, find it in the right had column and click Edit and then Remove. Other aspects of the widget can also be changed in the Edit section.

3. Rearranging widgets

Finally, to rearrange the widgets that are currently in use, you can just drag-and-drop them into the order you prefer. It’s pretty handy. Have fun!

Posted June 9, 2009 by Alex Mansfield

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