A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side.
Go to Appearance > Widgets in the WordPress Administration Screens. Choose a Widget and either drag it to the sidebar where you wish it to appear, or click the widget, (select a destination sidebar if your theme has more than one) and click the Add Widget button.
A website sidebar is a unique, creative, and useful component of website navigation design. In most cases it is a column with typography, color palette, or icons and appears by the side of the main content – either on the left or on the right, depending on the website layout and structure.
A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme.
In writing, a sidebar is a shorter piece of text that appears next to and accompanies a longer article. Sidebars can appear in publications such as magazines, newspapers, websites, or blogs. Sidebars can feature dissenting opinions, additional resources, real-life examples, or expert viewpoints.
Creating a Custom Sidebar
When you are finished downloading and installing the free plugin, head over to Appearance → Widget Areas in your WordPress admin area. Then click on the Add New (1) button to create a new sidebar.
An example of a sidebar is a more detailed list of notable dates in his presidency printed next to an article about Barack Obama. An example of a sidebar is when a judge wants to have a prosecutor step over to the side of the courtroom and explain the relevance of a piece of evidence.
In the single sidebar of a typical website, you may see (and yes, I have seen a website with all of these in a single sidebar):
- A search box.
- Social media icons or links.
- List of blog categories.
- List of recent posts.
- List of recent comments.
- A testimonial.
- Blog subscribe form and RSS link.
- An upcoming event.
1a : a short news story or graphic accompanying and presenting sidelights of a major story. b : something incidental : sidelight a sidebar to the essay’s central theme. 2 : a conference between the judge, the lawyers, and sometimes the parties to a case that the jury does not hear.
Technically, a sidebar can appear below the main content or above it and be either in the form of a row or a column, but the most common usage is a column to one side of the main content.
Sidebar menus have been used as a directory for Related Pages to a Service offering, Navigation items to a specific service or topic and even just as Links the visitor may be interested in.