WordPress Wednesday – Clean Up Those Sidebars

by Susan Murphy

shutterstock_192394451One of my favourite WordPress features is the ability to add stuff easily to the sidebars of your blog. It’s great to be able to add functionality to the sidebar, and the Widgets feature makes is super simple. However, there are so many sidebar plugins available now that it’s also really easy to go overboard!

Keep your sidebar to the bare essentials. That means only the stuff you really want people to click on. Trust me, just because WordPress lets you put a link cloud in your sidebar doesn’t mean you should do it. Keep it simple, adding only what’s necessary to realize the goals of your site. That could be simply your social media icons and a search bar, or maybe your recent posts. But that’s it.

Sidebars are not meant to be catch-alls for your site. If it needs to be said, create a separate page with a link in the navigation menu. If it’s a piece of functionality your readers can’t live without, include it. Otherwise, go to Appearance & Widgets and remove everything that’s cluttering up that sidebar!

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