WordPress is a system that is already simple to use. However, it doesn’t hurt to take advantage of some help to make blogging even simpler of a task to do. Widgets are a great time saver. In addition, widgets help your audience navigate your website even better. In return, a better user experience can equal out to more individuals willing to return.
While widgets are great to have, overdoing it can make the experience worst than how it was in the beginning. Take this into account when looking at this list and go through your current list of widgets and trash those that are useless. Your bandwidth will thank you.
1. Latest Tweets
Twitter is an essential service for every blogger out there. It is sort of like informally blogging while still connecting with your readers. In addition, you can promote your website on Twitter as well. For this reason, I really love this widget. It is easy to use right off the bat and from starting up, your audience can see a few of your recent tweets. Latest Tweets is a great sidebar widget.
2. Recent Comments
One thing that can certainly keep your audience around is being able to get involved in a conversation with others. The best way this is done is in the comments. Having a good, simple but useful recent comments widget on your website is essential in doing this. It allows your readers to know what is currently on the discussion table.
3. Search Engine Keywords Related Posts
Along with conversations, you can keep your readers wanting more by providing them more articles that are related to their interests. This can be done well with the Search Engine Keywords widget. The widget shows related posts that are based on what the viewer searches on the site. The widget relies heavily on the keywords you add to each post as well, so make sure those are clean, simple and savory with SEO keywords.
4. Feedburner Email
How do you expect your audience to get involved if they never know when you have your next post? It would be great if we could be assured that they would check out our website every day, however a nice friendly reminder is great for even the best of them. Feedburner is the best email subscription in the blogging world. Feedburner Email is an essential widget for any WordPress user.
5. Widget Logic
Strictly speaking, this is not a widget. But we have included it in the list since this is a great help for your widgets’ placement.
There are times when certain widgets don’t always work with certain parts of the website. For example, you wouldn’t need a related posts widget in your “contact us” section. Widget Logic allows you to pick and choose where on your site would a certain widget be necessary and where it would not be.