Introducing Widgets and Plugins

Widgets and plugins may sound like games, but they are seriously useful bits of code that extend your WordPress blog beyond the basics of writing and posting information on a regular basis.

Widgets for Sidebars

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Widget is the term that WordPress uses for items that appear in the sidebars of your blog — and sometimes in other locations such as the footer. Both hosted and self-hosted blogs come with a few standard widgets. If your theme supports widgets, your Dashboard prompts you to configure the widgets when you activate the theme.

Plugins for Everything

Plugins, available only on self-hosted blogs, are like ...

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