Understanding widgets

WHAT ARE WIDGETS?

Widgets are small, pre-styled content blocks that perform specific functions. 

WordPress has a number of native widgets that are available on the platform, no matter what theme you are running. However, many themes—ours included!—create special widgets specific to a theme that provide extra functionality, and/or layout options. 

Curious what different widgets look like? View visual examples in our library of theme widgets, here.


WHAT ARE WIDGET AREAS?

Widgets can be added into any widget area. In our themes, that usually includes sidebars, footers, and interstitial content blocks. However, using the WordPress block editor, you can also install some widgets directly into blog post content, and/or page content.

When most users think of widgets, they're thinking of widgets added to sidebars, footers, and interstitial content blocks. Widget areas for these sections can be found by navigating to Appearance > Customize > Widgets, or by going to Appearance > Widgets from your WordPress dashboard.

Here's an example of what widget areas look like within the theme Customizer environment:


HOW TO ADD WIDGETS TO AN EMPRESS THEME

You're in luck—we've written an article about exactly that!