Blog Structure: An Overview Part 3

Posted by Neville on January 14, 2011 under Blogging, How To | Comments are off for this article

The SideBar

Basically the sidebar holds widgets that perform a range of different functions.Sidebar

Text Widget

Many of the functions can be placed in a text widget, and the method for doing that is outlined in this earlier post.

Examples of the things that could be added in a text box include:

  • Widgets from other sites, such as the APSense and Networked Blogs widgets on this blog.
  • Advertising such as AdSense, and similar services.
  • Affiliate¬† and other ads. An image with a link.
  • Photos
  • Links (eg the RSS feed on this blog).

Links and Blogroll

The process for adding links and editing them is discussed in this post.

Other Widgets:

Other widgets that can be added to the sidebar include:

  • Search box, to help readers locate particular search terms in the blog.
  • Categories, to show the different categories for posts and provide links to them.
  • Tag Cloud. Similar to categories, with links to tags used in posts.
  • Comments and Recent Posts. Show excepts from the latest comments and posts.
  • Calendar, with links to posts made on highlighted dates.
  • Plus others.
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