WordPress is a free and open source blog publishing application. It has a template system which includes widgets that can be reorganized. Moreover this can be done without editing the PHP or HTML code. Widgets are a buzzword that has been given to the sidebar chopping plug-in in WordPress themes. Widgets are gadgets or gizmos that can help personalize your WordPress theme, and enable the user to add or rearrange different components without using HTML.
There seems to be a widget revolution that is going around on the internet. Everywhere you look, you are bound to find news widget, stocks widget, RFF feeds widget, content widgets, photo widgets, video player widgets, etc. It is an application that can be put on a blog, social profile or web page which provides visitors user specific and user friendly information, extra functionality and some fun!
They come in a ready to use format and are visually very attractive in the form of graphs, photos, statistics, numbers, pictures or just anything. It is a simple HTML code which is available on the websites that hosts free widgets. You can copy the HTML code and embed it on your web page.
With so many widgets, how can you choose the right widget for your blog? Read further to find out.
The first thing to look out while choosing the right widget for your blog, or web site is customization. If the widget is customizable, it would be able to fit your blog or website. A customizable widget will make sure that the widget will not clash with the layout, design or color of the blog or the web site. Plus you will be able to maintain some symmetry with the content as well. If your chosen widget cannot be customized, it is best to make sure that it fits with your blog or web site, and does not look different.
The next thing that needs to be considered while choosing the right widget is price. If you have price constraints, you are most likely to choose from the thousands of free widgets that are already available on the internet.
It is also important to study the kind of people and their demographics who would be visiting your blog or website. It is best to choose widgets that would be liked by them. Also make sure that your widgets would work with all browsers.
An important factor in choosing the right widget for your blog or web site, would be one that is relevant to your topic and content, and shares the same display and look of your existing blog or web site. While choosing the right widget for your blog, make sure that the widget can add substance to the existing content. For example, you would not like personal photos on a stock or technology website, or a stock sticker on your photography blog. It is also important to decide which out of the 6 standard sizes of widgets should be used.
Finally even though it may be very tempting to put numerous widgets on your website, do not make the mistake to do so. Only add those that you really need and you would really use. Too many widgets on a blog or a web site, could make it confusing and less efficient to use.
A recent research carried out by means of polling states the top 10 widgets on blogs and web pages are:
• Bookmark This
• Email Subscription
• Picture Badge
• Recent Visitor
• Search Blog
• Snapshot widget
• Twitter Update
• Playlist Video Widget
• Web Poll Widget
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