A few of my friends are not very sure what is [tag]widget[/tag] and why some of the things on their sidebar seem to disappear when they use one of those widget ready theme. Well, this newly launched [tag]Wordpress version 2.2. Getz[/tag] will make your blog widgetised. After your upgrading, you will see an extra pane on your dashboard.
See? Under Dashboard – Presentation, you get an extra page for Widget.
To explain simply, Widget is like little drawers in your cupboard. Your sidebar is the cupboard where you store a lot of things. To make things easy, you put them into individual little boxes. Some of the plugins you download may be widget ready and they normally appear as little boxes which you just drag to where you want it. There are widgets like RSS, Recent Comments, Categories, TextLinkAds and etc.
This is the bottom of the page with all the little drawers or widget. Do you note that there are some just call Text? This is where you insert your stuffs like Google Adsense codes or something like your links etc. To do it, just drag one Text box to where you want it appear. Then, you click on the Text box. A small window will appear.
Then, just copy over the codes that you want. For example, in the above little box, I added my Feedburner button.
Click save changes and voila, the thing will appear on your sidebar.
Once you are used to using Widget, you never want to add codes to your sidebar anymore. It is all drag and drop. This means, you can add as many things as you like or take away whatever without having to delete the code.
Just the other day, one of my friend accidentally deleted a php function and her whole sidebar disappeared. Now, with widgets, the risk is less.
So, go on, download WP 2.2 and enjoy the ride.