Creating a WordPress Widget to Show a Random Post
Making a widget to show a random post uses two underlying concepts you need to get familiar with to be good at WordPress development: making use of WP_Query objects, and making widgets. If you’ve not checked them before, check out our Quick Guides which more thoroughly introduce both:
How to Customize Your WordPress Sidebar
This video and text tutorial will teach you how to customize WordPress widgets, including how to edit your WordPress sidebar.
Add a Yelp Widget to Your WordPress Sidebar
Yelp is a force to be reckoned with in the local-reviews space. They’re my go to place to find general opinions about restaurants in a new city, and they also have listing for other things like salons and dentists. If you’ve got a client who does any of those things, or are one of those building a WordPress for yourself, showing off your Yelp profile on your site can make a lot of sense. And it’s pretty quick and easy to do with the free Yelp Widget Pro plugin.
Hey, Cool Widgets! or: What’s New in WordPress 4.8
Powerfully Editable WordPress Widgets with the TinyMCE Widget
Widgets are a powerful and useful part of the WordPress administration experience. But by default WordPress doesn’t allow you to make them with the TinyMCE/Visual editing experience that you’re able to use when writing WordPress posts, pages, etc. This is fine for those of us that speak HTML, but if you’ve got a client who doesn’t just figuring out how they can bold or italicize a few words in a widget area can be a lot to ask.
Feature-Full Widgets with Widget Options
Making Your First WordPress Widget
Sidebars were one of the oldest features of WordPress as a publishing platform, and widgets have been in WordPress for years. This little quick guide walks through the process of making your own widget. Why would you want to?
Widget Visibility Without Jetpack
Sometimes you just want to display different widgets per page. Jetpack has a great module for this, but taking on all of Jetpack can be a lot if you just need one thing.
Page-Specific Widget Areas with Simple Page Sidebars
It’s not always true, but it is sometimes true, that plugins that start with “Simple” do in fact perform an important task simply.
All You Need to Know About Making Widget Areas in WordPress Themes
Some of the best features of WordPress are the ways in which any user, once he or she learned the WordPress interface, can quickly change complex site features. Sidebar widgets are a great example — and one which is increasingly used and useful across many other areas of a WordPress site besides the sidebar. With a little dragging-and-dropping, you can quickly and easily change the appearance of your site.