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25 Most Useful WordPress Widgets for Your Site

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WordPress allows you to easily customize your site layout through widgets. There are many WordPress plugins and themes that allow different kinds of widgets. In this video, we will show you the 25 most useful WordPress widgets for your site.

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Summary of this Tutorial:

#1 is recent posts widget with thumbnails. By default wordpress comes with recent posts, but this widget lets you add a featured image for each of the recent posts and makes it more inviting for the reader.

#2 is the category posts widget which lets you show the most recent posts by category.

#3 is simple social icons. this widget lets you add social icons easily to your sidebar area.

#4 is teh google maps widget. with lets you add a map to your site and when the user clicks on it, a larger map opens in a lightbox popup.

#5 is social count plug which lets you show how many followers each of your socia media accounts have which is a great social proof for your site.

#6 is the image widget which lets you add images to your widget area using the media uploader instead of remembering html code.

#7 is the custom taxonomies menu widget which lets you display custom taxonomies in the sidebar of a wordpress site.

#8 is compact archives with is a beautiful way to show your monthly archives on your site.

#9 is the authors widget which lets you display a list of all your authors on your site.

#10 is the youtube channel gallery which shows all your latest youtube videos from your channel on your site.

#11 optinmonster is a lead generation plugin to grow your email list. optinmonster comes with a sidebar and after post widgets that let help you grow your email list.

#12 is the tabbed login widget which is another way to add a login form to your site.

#13 is the simple contact info that allows you to add your contact information, social icons, and location info just by filling out the form. then you can add the info widget where you want to show your contact information.

#14 is quick chat which lets you add a live chatting system on your site.

#15 is the testimonials widget which is a nice way of showing your testimonials on your site.

#16 is whitles. this widget lets you show information in an accordian or tabbed style on your site.

#17 is neat skype status widget lets you display your skype contact info and your status on your site.

#18 is the random posts widget. this widget will show a random post on your sidebar for users to read.

#19 is soliloquy wordpress slider widget is a responsive slider plugin that lets you add a slider to your sidebar anywhere on your site.

#20 is the feature a page widget that lets you add a page as a featured page on your sidebar if you want.

#21 is envira gallery which is a responsive gallery plguin that lets you showcase your photo galleries in a sidebar widget.

#22 is date and time widget that shows the date and time to your visitors on your site.

#23 is google calendar events that lets you display your google calendar on upcoming events for your visitors to see.

#24 is display recently registered users widget which is great if you have registered users, this widget can show their user name, a welcome message and more.

#25 is wordpress popular posts widget lets you showcase your site’s more popular posts on your site.

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