Ok, so what exactly is a sidebar?
Sidebar is a feature that was introduced in WordPress in version 2.2. To put it in simple words – it’s a column displayed either on the right or on the left side of the webpage. In some cases, you can find websites with two sidebars – one of the left and one on the right.
It can include additional information – like new posts, recent comments, contact information, about us sections, banners, pictures, social media feeds and much much more.
To insert new field to the sidebar you will need to use the widget option. Currently, it’s much easier than it used to be. You can just drag and drop the desired widget to the sidebar area – save the changes and voilà it’s there.
Before you had to know at least basic HTML and CSS to be able to edit and customise your sidebars. Each sidebar had the own code and to make changes you had to edit the HTML code inside the widget field.
Sidebars can be displayed on selected pages only – you can display them only on the main page or only on the post pages. Nowadays it’s really common to display different sidebar for each page or post to make it more suited for the users.
For example, let’s say you have visitors from UK and Canada on your page. If you are selling products you would like to display different currency for UK customers – GBP and different for customers from Canada – CAD.
You can adjust the sidebar to display correct currency based on the GEO location of the customer. You save the hassle for the customers to convert the prices by serving them the correct currency right away.
Sidebars can be also used for product recommendations. If someone buys a mobile phone on your website you can suggest additional accessories like cover, charger or screen protector.
The more user-friendly your site is the more users will actually visit and interact with it. After all, the site is not created for robots but for real human beings. It has to be clear and easy to navigate – and sidebars make it much easier as it allows you to adapt the displayed information.
With our sidebars, you will be able to adjust each widget to your needs – no need to hassle with HTML, PHP or CSS. Everything comes in ready to use – with one click installation.
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