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How to Customize Your WordPress Widgets

The WordPress widgets add new layers of customization to your WordPress website and contribute to beautiful and functional design, along with improved user experience. However, sometimes the pre-installed set of widgets might well be insufficient for your particular needs. This is why in this article you will read how to customize your set of widgets.

If you are new to the topic, then read more about what widgets are and then proceed with this article.

How to Customize Your WordPress Widgets

Many widgets allow customization and thus showcase even more personalized content – for example, you can add dedicated text to your buttons or text boxes. Doing so requires only a few clicks here and there.

Via your WordPress Dashboard, go to Appearance->Customize:WordPress Widgets Customize Menu


This will open your WordPress Theme personalization options. From there find and open the Widgets page:WordPress Widgets Tab


Once you have opened the Widgets page, have a look at all the options. On the left, you should see the available places where you can add widgets, and on the right of the screen, you will see several blue pencil icons. These show that this particular widget can be edited in a certain way:WordPress Widgets Customization


For this example, we will change the text in our dedicated Search Widget:WordPress Widgets Search Box


When we click the blue Pencil icon right next to the widget, a dedicated menu with options appears. There we can find an option to add a custom label:WordPress Widgets Custom Text


There we add our custom text and then hit the blue Publish button at the top left of the screen. This will apply and save the changes we’ve just made:

WordPress Widgets Publish Button


Once we’ve done so, we load our site to see how it looks:WordPress Widgets Apply Changes


How to Install and Use New Widgets

Adding an additional number of widgets to WordPress is possible via installing WordPress Plugins. There are tens of thousands of different plugins and many of them offer a set of useful widgets. One of the best things about WordPress Plugins is that they offer enhanced versatility and abundance in choice, so it is highly likely that you instantly find the widget (or widgets) you search for.

If you are interested in the topic, then definitely check out our WordPress plugins related articles:


Conclusion: How to Customize Your WordPress Widgets

Customizing the WordPress widgets might well contribute to numerous site benefits, among which better user experience, more functional web pages, and also more traffic.


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