15 Popular WordPress Widgets For Sidebar

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Customizable WordPress Widgets and WordPress Plugins can go a long way to enhance the usability and user-friendliness of a WordPress theme. They can also make a theme look more attractive and reflect the creativity of the blogger.

WordPress themes feature a side bar that you can use to add or remove WordPress Widgets according to your requirements. Having quality widgets and plugins in the sidebar gives a positive impression and help your blog stand out.

In this post we have selected for you 15 popular WordPress Widgets for the sidebar to make your WordPress blog more attractive and alive.

1. Top 10

WordPress doesn’t count page views by default. Top 10 will count the number of page views on your single posts on a daily as well as overall basis. You can then display the page view count on individual posts and pages as well as display a list of most popular posts based on page views. Includes a sidebar widget to display the popular posts. And, all settings can be configured from within your WordPress Admin area itself! You can choose to disable tracking of author visits on their own posts.

2. FV Community News

Many blogs out there can only produce a couple articles a week while their visitors ask for loads more. It’s sometimes a good idea to add related articles from other blogs to your sidebar. Adding them manually takes lots of time we don’t have. With this new Community News plugin you allow your visitors to add articles to the sidebar. Complete with moderation panel and a settings page, you can sit back while you have full control about the look and articles that being posted.

3. Side Content

Side Content enables you to create widgets which have different content on different pages.

It enables you to define a set of widgets which are effectively placeholders. Each one is empty until you assign content to it when editing a page. This enables you to extend the content of the page into the sidebar.

4. Better Tag Cloud

A better tag cloud. Lots of configuration options, a widget and a shortcode to add tag clouds to posts and pages.

5. Gengo

Gengo is a full featured plugin that provides multi-language blogging for WordPress 2.5+.

Gengo is a full featured plugin that provides multi-language blogging for WordPress 2.5+. It allows for an unlimited number of translations and summaries for any post and provides template tags to display language information. It allows you to edit translations side by side, detects and filters by language automatically when a visitor comes to your site and automatically generates semantic information for links and content blocks. It is configurable via an options page.

6. Quick Shop

QuickShop is a WordPress Shopping Cart with both Paypal and Email functionality built-in.

7. RelatedPosts

This WordPress plugin provides multiple options to show the via tags related posts of a post (for example via a sidebar widget).

8. Subscription Options

Adds subscription option icons for your RSS Feed; your FeedBurner Email Service; your Twitter Stream and your Facebook page. Totally user-defined.

9. Google Ajax Search

Adds a Google AJAX Search box on your site. Options include searching your site through Google Blog Search and/or straight up Google, a second search

10. TwitterWidget

Displays your Twitter timeline in the sidebar of your blog. The plugin is widget ready and comes with many configuration options!

11. In-Series

Gives authors an easy way to connect posts together as a series.

In Series provides a way for you to manage stringing together posts in a series. You can add and remove individual posts from series, and reorder posts within a series, all from the post writing screen. The plugin also allows you to customize how series information (like tables of contents and next/previous links) are rendered across your site. Best of all, In Series does not require any template hacking, or knowledge of PHP — it will work just fine right out of the box.

12. List Authors

A widget to display a list of site authors.

A widget to display a list of authors in your WordPress blog. Includes widget options to configure the features mentioned below. Completely updated to use the new widget API and is multi-widget enabled. Fully XHTML compliant.

13. Weather Widget

Shows the current weather of your location or the weather of the visitors location via widget in the sidebar of your wordpress blog.

14. Query Posts

A WordPress widget that gives you unlimited control over showing posts and pages.

15. Kramer

Kramer will add inbound links to a post on your weblog as pingbacks by checking Technorati and by monitoring incoming referrers.

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  • http://iminlalaland.com iminlalaland

    Great collection! I have none of these with me at the moment.

    • http://www.thedesignwork.com The Design Work

      Thanks for appreciating the collection.

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  • http://www.efunmania.com Samardeep

    Thank you for this nice collection of sidebar contents. It is fun to try many of them.

  • Mike

    What about The Graceful Sidebar Plugin. This simply amazing plugin enables you to customize the content of your sidebar for each post or page.

    Enjoy!
    Mike

    • http://www.thedesignwork.com The Design Work

      Thanks for your contribution mike. It’s a good one too.

  • http://twitter.com/k_fanpages Korean Fan Pages

    Nice blog u have :)
    please i want to know the name of the widget in your blog that shows the popular , latest , comments and tags please
    Thank you :)

    • http://www.thedesignwork.com The Design Work

      Thanks, This is not a widget that are coded elements.

      • http://twitter.com/k_fanpages Korean Fan Pages

        aha , i saw it in other blogs so i thought that it a widget.
        Thanks

  • http://timeoutmultimedia.com/ time out multimedia

    Thanks for sharing!! Whats your sharing plugin at the botom?

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  • http://www.heroictuts.com HeroicTuts

    Thanks for this article ! Great website btw.

  • http://207Rewind.com/ 207Rewind

    What is the sidebar widget you are using the displays in tabs: Latest, Comments, Tags