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This Intermediate level WordPress tutorial shows how to use a text widget to customize a WordPress sidebar. To see the final product of the tutorial in the Business Blogging 101 website and the HTML code used in this example, go to http://mcbuzz.wordpress.com and search for “text widget”.
Widgets are a very useful feature of most new WordPress themes. These are called “widget enabled” or “widgetized” themes or “widget enabled” or “widgetized” sidebars. They allow you to add custom content to your sidebars with little or no knowledge of HTML or other code.
In an earlier tutorial, I showed how to add Flickr photos to a WordPress sidebar using the Flickr photo widget.
The example I use in this tutorial shows how to create a custom text box with a short biographical note and part of that text is a link.
In PART TWO of this tutorial, I show how to insert an image into the same custom sidebar box, along with a LinkedIn profile “badge”.
You can use these techniques to put whatever you want into your own WordPress sidebar.