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Why Struggle to Add An Image to Your Sidebar When You Can Use This Simple Plugin

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I am not a coder. I didn’t come from an HTML background before I started to build WordPress sites for my clients.

And of course there has been no reason to learn much of it because I only use WordPress. And with WordPress, it’s all built in. Drag and drop this. Drag and drop that. Add a plugin here and there and you’ve got everything you need.

But what happens when you find you DO need to know a little code? Like when you want to add an image file to a sidebar widget?

First I’ll tell you one of the easiest ways to do this.  Luckily, I’ve already written about it here:

How to Easily Add an Image to Your WordPress Sidebar  

There is another way to do this though which I like a little better.

It requires that you add a plugin called Simple Image Widget.

Once you’ve installed it, drag it over to your sidebar and open the options. The part that I like the best about this plugin is that you can easily add a URL if you want the image clickable and to open at another site.

Why would you do that?  Perhaps you have an affiliate ad that you’d like to send the viewer to. You can even highlight a document of your own to send your viewers to.

Your image re-routes the viewer to a document that you’ve hosted elsewhere such as at Bluehost

But I’m sure you can think of lots of uses for this plugin.

Let me know in the comments area.

 

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WordPress Widgets

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What are WordPress Widgets?

Here is how WordPress.org defines widgets:

A WordPress Widget is a tool built into WordPress that is designed to provide a simple way to arrange the various elements of your sidebar content (known as “widgets”) without having to change any code.

So what does that mean exactly? Well WordPress templates have at least one sidebar (or should) and are designed so that you can easily put your very important information into that sidebar.

Some elements that come to mind are your opt-in box, links to your social media sites, affiliate links, your Facebook Fanpage widget, your Ezinearticles.com widget, and subscription links like RSS.

Some widgets come already installed with your template and others need to be added if required/wanted.

What I like about the sidebar generally is that it gives more space “above the fold” (above the fold being everything that a viewer can see before they have to scroll).  You have very little time to make an impression so you want your viewer to see as much as possible rather quickly.  Hence, you usually see opt in boxes in the top right of the sidebar.

For more information about widgets, click here to see my short YouTube video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByIBZZuWe_k