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Using Plugins and Widgets in Your Blog

  • Plugins extend the base functionality of WordPress. They can be used to track statistics, generate random quotes, and more.

  • Widgets are used to add data to your blog. Widgets appear in your blog's sidebar and display information that can be pulled from your blog or from other sources, including social websites like Delicious, Facebook, and more.

Several plugins and widgets are available for use on your blog. You must be using a theme that supports widgets.

Activating a Plugin

  1. Log in to your WordPress blog and click the Plugins link on the left.

  2. Click the Activate link for the plugin you want to activate. If you want to activate multiple plugins, select Activate from the Bulk Actions pull-down menu, and click the checkboxes by each plugin you want to activate.

  3. Once you have made your selection(s), click the Apply button.

Using Widgets

  1. Log in and click the Appearance link on the left.

    Tip: If you see only icons in the left navigation menu, click the arrow at the bottom of the menu to expand your options.

  2. Click Widgets.

  3. Drag the widget you want to the sidebar on the right.

  4. Click the Save button.

To enable a widget, click and drag it to the desired position in the sidebar. Click on the dropdown menu on the right side of the widget to access the widget settings.

Only the plugins, widgets, and themes that are currently available can be used, as software cannot be uploaded or installed on a per-user basis. If you feel that a plugin, widget, or theme would be beneficial to the majority of WordPress users, you can suggest that it be installed.

Last updated June 19, 2012 @ 10:36 am

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