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One of the things I started customizing after installing a theme is the Primary Sidebar.
A sidebar is an area on your site provided by a theme where you can display other information aside from the main content. Think of it like a side menu which helps visitors navigate or find out some relevant information on your site.
Depending on the theme, it can be displayed on the left, right, or both side of the content and can be customized by using widgets.
A widget allows you to easily add content and features to your sidebar. The theme I installed was set up with a primary sidebar located on the right side of the main content area which already had some widgets configured by default.
There were like six of them and I didn’t think I would need them all to show up at that time. So I had decided to keep only those I would need, add a few more useful widgets, and rearrange them to my preference.
Customizing the Primary Sidebar
To start customizing, click on Customize > Widgets > Primary Sidebar.
Make sure you’re logged in to your WordPress dashboard. Click on Customize from the top left menu bar.
Next, click on Widgets from the customize pane.
Then, click on Primary Sidebar to continue.
If you noticed, there were six widgets already configured on the primary sidebar. At that time, I only needed the first two – Search and Recent Posts so I deleted the rest.
To remove the unnecessary widgets, just click on the widget’s down arrow button to show its settings and click Remove.
When you’re done, hit Publish to save the changes.
Right now, I have four widgets active on my site – Search, Genesis – eNews Extended, Recent Posts, and Genesis – User Profile.
- Search – This is to allow site visitors to search for relevant keywords or content on the site.
- Genesis eNews Extended – To provide visitors an opt-in form which links to my ConvertKit account.
- Recent Posts – To view recent posts on the site.
- Genesis – User Profile – To show a preview or link to my about page.
If you want to add more content or features, just click on Add a Widget and browse through the list of available widgets. You can also install some plugins to add specific widgets to your site like the ones related to my theme/framework – Genesis.
There you have it! I hope you learned from this tutorial. If you have some questions, please feel free to drop me a comment below.
Thanks for reading!