Do I Need Widgets for My WordPress Blog?

If you are the host of a WordPress blog, you may be wondering if widgets are something that could be of a benefit to you. In short, it depends on what you are attempting to do with your blog, but there won’t be much of a difference if you use them and if you don’t.

Widgets can make a blog more aesthetically pleasing or look junky if you go overboard. But for the most part, they are just another way to make your blog more like your own, and make your content more easily accessible to your viewers.

If you have played around with the widgets feature of your WordPress blog, you are probably already aware of which ones are available for your use. Some people are aware of this feature but have no idea what any of it means, however.

As you can see, there are a number of different widgets that can be added to different areas of your blog, but in most cases the sidebar.

These can give you extra areas to list the pages, posts, archives, and categories on your blog so that people can access your old work, seeing as there can only be 5-10 or so posts that stay on the home pages at all times.

Depending on the type of WordPress theme you are using, you may or may not have more widgets available for use.

So, Do I Need These Widgets for My Blog?

Need, no. But if you want them, grab them.

The only thing I have against widgets is that they can also index in the search engines with the rest of your content, and this can be classified as duplicate content which isn’t good if you are looking to rank in Google.

It’s not something that will completely ruin you, it just looks a little sloppy. There are, however, plugins that you can use to prevent this from happening, which I will get to in a later post.

What Are WordPress Widgets?

So you’re looking around your new WordPress blog and see an option for “widgets.” But what the heck are these widget things and how do they benefit me when it comes to my WordPress blog?

To give the full on textbook definition of a widget:

A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user.


Basically, it’s there area on your WordPress sidebar that shows information such as:

  • Recent Posts
  • Recent Comments
  • Archives
  • Categories
  • a Calendar

and there are many more that you can use if it’s your preference. The one’s listed above are just the most popular ones that you see on the majority of WordPress blogs.

Widgets allow you to customize your blog from other ones and can make it stand out. It gives you the creativity to change things up and makes it easier for your visitors to access your content.

There are no right or wrong widgets for your blog, and the way you set them up all falls within your individual taste.

Hello, and Welcome!

Hi there, I am so glad that you are here. My name is Jeffrey, and this is my new blog, Widgets-Blog. What can I say? I’m a WordPress man and love all aspects about it.

On this blog I will be talking about WordPress blogs and some of the cool things I have done with them over the years. I have been building and managing websites on WordPress for 4 years now, so will admit that there is a lot I have learned along the way. There are many people out there that can build a simple WordPress blog but here on WB, I want to show you all how to do a complete set-up along with how to manage and grow it over time.

Hope you look forward to it.