Last week, WordPress.com blogs were given more widget options to choose from. Widgets are those features (usually on one or both sides, but sometimes on the bottom–mine are to the right –>) that add a bit more information to your site. They include: about me widgets, social media links and updates, RSS feed buttons, search bars, and much, much more. The nice thing about these little additions, is that they will work–regardless of what theme you have installed.
While WordPress.com sites typically have fewer widgets to choose from, the great thing is that the widgets that are available are pretty well thought-out and implemented by WordPress; making it easier for those who simply want a basic blog without spending a lot of time. All of the following are available via your dashboard; go toAppearance –> Widgets.
Posts I Like– Similar to “Blogs I Follow”, this widget allows you to list by picture or link others’ blog posts that you have liked. It’ll automatically update itself as you wander around the community of WordPress.com blogs, liking posts as you go.
My Community — This option will show the activity on your blog: comments, likes, and follows.
Gravatar Profile — Your Gravatar profile (picture, about me section, links, etc) will automatically be feed into this widget.
Top Posts & Pages — Although not a new widget, this one has been edited to allow options in displaying top posts by views or likes–either with text or photos.
More Widgets — These widgets have been either recently added or modified, but they are not your only options out there. Check out your Dashboard –> Appearance –> Widgets for plenty of others to choose from!
These new widgets were highlighted by Justin Shreve from WordPress; further details on all of these new features can be read by going to his post on the matter: “More Widgets For Your Blog”.
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