Widgets and Plugins?

WordPress widgets and plugins add functionality to your website.

Widgets can be found on the WordPress Dashboard under Appearance. Choose the widget you want from the list on the left and then drag and drop it to where you want the widget to appear on your sidebar on the right.

Standard widget functions include search boxes, text boxes, calendars, Akismet (to prevent spam), links and categories.

Plugins (found under Plugins) are special functions that go beyond the widget functions that come with your WordPress theme. There are plugins for just about anything under the sun. Use the Search Plugins on the Upload Plugin page to find what you are looking for. Be sure to choose carefully: check the number of stars and the number of downloads to see how the plugin has been rated and how many individuals have downloaded it.

Keep in mind that you will need to keep these plugins updated. You will find which  plugins have updates available by looking at your Installed Plugins page.

Before you update your WordPress the first time, make sure that you have created a child theme, so that your WordPress site will not be overwritten when update are made.

Learn more about WordPress child themes.

About Christopher Merrill

Christopher Merrill is a Chicago freelance website designer, doing business since 1999. Specializing in website design for small- to mid- sized businesses and individuals, Christopher Merrill works closely with his clients to provide high-quality website design at an affordable price. Mr. Merrill has designed over 200 websites for his clients in Chicago and nationwide during the past decade. Christopher Merrill prides himself on providing an honest, hands-on approach with each individual client, in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Turnaround and response time are kept to a strict minimum, and Christopher Merrill is always ready to respond to all of your questions, whether you are looking for a Web design solution, or working closely with him to update your already-existing site.
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