All WordPress.com themes are widget-activated. This is the main link to all the available widgets that WordPress.com provides – Widgets & Sidebars. Clicking links on that page for individual widgets will get you to specific descriptions and instructions for each one.
Getting rid of unwanted widgets
When you first begin your blog and go to your dashboard you won’t see widgets in your sidebar because you are viewing the default display.
Every theme has a “default sidebar display” which does not contain actual widgets. The first time you move a single widget in any theme here > Appearance > Widgets the “default display” which does not contain actual widgets will disappear.
Activating the widgets you want to use
Simply go here > Appearance > Widgets and drag and drop the widgets you want to use into place. To activate the widgets:
- Click each widget to open it;
- Configure where required;
- Set up widget visibility settings that determine which blog pages they display on;
- Click “save” and click “close” inside the widget.
Eliminating the display of all widgets
If you do not want any widgets to display in any sidebar(s) at all (or footer widget areas) you place an empty text widget at the top of each sidebar or footer area. Then click to open, add no title, add no body text, click “save” and click “close”.
A different sidebar on each page or in each parent page
In most WordPress.com themes, widgets are displayed on all dynamic pages (main posts page, archives, category pages etc.) as well as when you view a static page or a single complete post. There are some exceptions or special cases found in Widgets on static pages or single posts.
Sidebars and other widget areas: number and position
Each theme is uniquely designed and the number of sidebars, other widgets areas and their positioning is determined by the theme designer. That said, widgets have “visibility” settings so we can select which pages they display on.
Changing themes and Re-activating Widgets
Go to Dashboard > Appearance > Themes
- browse themes until you find one you like and click “activate”
- or type in the name of the theme you want to use and click the “activate” link when it appears.
After you change your theme all you need to do is go here Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets > Inactive Widgets and re-install them where you want them to appear. The widget contents and settings will be the same as they were prior to changing themes.
Posting third party widgets
Sidebar and widgets displaying below your posts
Sidebars and widgets in them do not fall to the bottom and display below posts, and/or posts do not appear in sidebars, and/or fonts do not suddenly become blog or italicized unless
- content has been imported into the blog
- the blogger has been copying and pasting content from elsewhere, without using either icon 5 or icon 6 in Row 2 of the visual editor
- or the blogger has copied and pasted invalid HTML into a text widget or left an HTML tag open.
First, go here and enable this > Settings > Writing
_ WordPress should correct invalidly nested XHTML automatically
Then see Sidebar at the bottom and related layout issues for sorting this out.