Widgets and custom menus are two of the many features of WordPress that make it easy for you to edit the content on your site.
Specifically, custom menus allow you to add, remove and edit navigation menus while widet areas give you full control of supplemental content in the header, sidebar and footer using a convenient drag and drop interface.
Menus are used to provide navigational elements on your website, which are essentially lists of different pages that direct your visitors to important sections of the site.
As an example, the primary menu on PennyWebs.net can be seen as a horizontal row of links at the top of every page. The links on this menu can easily be controlled via the menu editor in the WordPress dashboard.
Each gray box represents a link in the menu, and can be easily reordered by dragging and dropping. You can also edit the text each link displays on the frontend of the site.
Widgets are much more versatile than menus and can be used to add virtually any type of content — text, advertisements, images, social media links and feeds, embedded videos, and more.
Widgets can be used in “widgetized areas”, which are areas of your website that are configured to support them — most commonly, this is the sidebar, header, and the footer. Once an area is widgetized, you can add as many individual widgets to that area as you choose.
In the above screenshots, one the left you can see the widget area for the sidebar of this site as seen in the backend, while on the right you can see how what that widget area looks like on the frontend.
Each gray box corresponds to an individual widget; clicking on the small down arrow on the righthand side expands a menu with configurable options specific to that widget.
Adding Widgets & Custom Menus to Your Site
Custom menus and widgetized areas must be specifically coded into your website theme in the areas where they are to appear. In most cases, this is easily done.
If you’re interested in modifying your WordPress site to include additional widget areas or menus, PennyWebs can do so at an affordable price.