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Adding Widgets to WordPress.com

  1. Hi, Im new to all of this and want to add some extra functionality to my site.
    Can I add additional; Widgets to those that come with the theme?
    I am using the 20-11 theme but want to add a few things to the side bar or footer.
    I also want to add a contact form on the contact page?
    Can anyone please point me in the right direction?
    Tx Graham

    The blog I need help with is exoticgardenssvg.wordpress.com.

  2. Graham,

    You can add a variety of widgets to the 2011 theme. In your Dashboard go to Appearance > Widgets and drag-and-drop any of the widgets on the left to the appropriate area for either the Sidebar or Footer Sections.
    Here is a more detailed look at how to use widgets: http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/

    The Contact Form is so simple you probably missed it. Just go to the Page in the Dashboard where you want the contact form and click the little square icon next to the 'Add Media' Button. The Contact Form has many options so you may want to give this a look. http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact-form/ (There's even a short video at the bottom of the page!)

    Have fun!

  3. Thanks Jonathan for the info, but Im trying to add ADDITIONAL widgets to that list. Can I do that?

  4. It depends. You can post HTML code to text widgets, although some code will be stripped out for security reasons.

  5. Many companies have code that you can copy and paste into a Text Widget specifically built for WordPress.com.

    There are thousands of widgets available in if you self host a WordPress.org site but we're a little more limited here.

    :)

  6. Tx guys - id there a site for these HTML/Text type Widgets? or do they have a specific name if I do a Google search?

  7. @grahamwiffen
    We cannot use any iframes or JavaScript widgets for security reasons. http://en.support.wordpress.com/code/ The thousands of widgets referred to that can be used must contain only pure HTML. If you find Flash widgets you want to use then there is a gigya code workaround that can be used. http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2010/07/22/gigya-shortcode-3-widgets/

    Bottom line: I don't think searching the internet for widgets is a productive use of your time. Simply state what you want the widgets to do and we regular Volunteers will most likely be able to save you a lot of time and energy.

  8. No.

  9. Two I would like are :

    To bring a random 'comment' into the widget space, in text format. The comments to be added via the dashboard.

    To bring in random images into the widget space, from either a gallery or tagged image collection, or possibly even from an external source.

    These 2 areas to be refreshed/renewed every time that page is loaded.

    Thanks
    Graham

  10. To bring a random 'comment' into the widget space, in text format. The comments to be added via the dashboard.

    Not possible on a free hosted WordPress.com blog.

    To bring in random images into the widget space, from either a gallery or tagged image collection, or possibly even from an external source.

    Not possible on a free hosted WordPress.com blog.

    Please read this comparison: WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org
    http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

  11. OK, Im getting the picture
    I'll seriously think about a .org site

    Can you recommend another theme, similar to 20-11 that allows sidebars on the blog?

  12. Are your referring to a WordPress.COM theme?
    All of the older themes have sidebars on every page in the blog.

  13. Can you recommend an older one that maybe has a slider?

  14. The themes with post sliders are all newer themes.
    http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/features/post-slider/

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