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The best free WordPress widgets

febrero 2, 2020

 

This article will explain some of the best free WordPress widgets you can use to your web.

the number of widgets that there is huge and each meets a different need but today I want to present a list of the 9 + 1 better than I recommend for one of the most popular CMS today.

Let’s see them!

Table of Contents

  • What is a widget
  • List of 9 + 1 best free widgets for WordPressBlack Studio TinyMCE WidgetImage widgetRecent Posts Widget ExtendedSocial Icons Widget by WPZOOMMeks Easy Photo Feed WidgetSimple Social Page widget & shortcodeCustom twitter feedsFive Stars Business ProfileSiteorigin Widgets BundleWidget options
  • Black Studio TinyMCE widget
  • Image widget
  • Recent Posts widget Extended
  • Social Icons widget by WPZOOM
  • Meks Easy Photo Feed widget
  • Simple Social Page widget & shortcode
  • Custom twitter feeds
  • Five Stars Business Profile
  • Siteorigin
  • widget Widgets Bundle options
  • Conclusions
  • Black Studio TinyMCE widget widget
  • Image
  • Extended Recent Posts widget Social Icons widget
  • by WPZOOM TG_0 20
  • Meks Easy Photo Feed Widget
  • Simple Social Page widget & shortcode
  • Custom twitter feeds
  • Five Stars Business Profile
  • Siteorigin Widgets Bundle
  • Widget options

What is a widget

But before you start with the list of widgets, we need to understand what a widget.

Widgets are small blocks with various functionalities that can be placed in different parts of the web. They can be placed in sidebars, footer or even, depending on the template in any other part of the web.

Widgets allow you to add text blocks, images, links, menus and other content on the web in a fast and easy way to edit.

widgets are managed from the menu Appearance > WordPress Widgets. WordPress has a few widgets default, some quite useful as the Navigation menu or Categories .

To the left are shown all available widgets and right areas can be placed. Depending on the template (or theme) we use have more or less designated areas.

Operation is simple and involves pricking the widget you choose and drag it to the area where we want to be displayed. Once there it unfolds, we’ll configure and click the «Save» button on the widget itself.

Widgets can be used all the times you want and in any area. Also they can be sorted within each zone by clicking and dragging the widget, or change zone.

If you’re creating your web WordPress and you want an area somewhere widgets by default Do not allow the theme, here you can see how create widgets areas.

There are also some visual layout artists who use widgets on the page layout, as Page Builder by SiteOrigin , which allows you to place widgets almost anywhere on the web.

And how install the widgets? Widgets are part of the plugins. Some plugins only contain widgets and other widgets as plugins offer more functionality in all it offers (for example, an event plugin that adds a widget with a calendar).

So to find and install widgets what we like with plugins.

Listing 9 + 1 best free widgets for WordPress

First, I have to say actually named many more than 9 widgets, but some are variants of the same and others are part of a single plugin, so I have not counted.

For a list of free widgets I based on the needs covering the widget. In many cases a couple of widgets we can solve many of the basic needs. I have ordered more generic to more specific. Let’s see them!

Black Studio TinyMCE Widget

default WordPress has two widgets to enter text and HTML customized. Although it is improving a little short stay in when options.

This widget gives us a text editor such as blog entries, which we can by titles, images, align text, change colors and other options in the editor.

Image widget

At the same happens with the previous widget WordPress already has an image widget, but could be better. With this widget will have more control over the image with respect to size, alignment, link to another page external link or opening it in a new page.

This widget is great for advertising banners, logos or the like.

Extended Widget Recent Posts

This widget not only shows the latest blog entries, also from any type post (portfolio, for example).

has a lot of customization, you can exclude fixed incomes, skip a certain number of entries, showing the extract and also show the thumbnail of the highlighted image, something that greatly improves the presentation.

We also have the plugin Flex posts, with the same settings but with several presentation formats, highlighting the most recent entry.

If instead of a list of the latest entries we want to show them as a slider, nothing simpler than the post slider plugin Widget .

All you need to enter is the title and category where display entries (default all categories) and display images with your title. Speed ​​between slides and the transition is automatic and can not be modified, but still the result is very good.

And if you still do not convince any of the above widgets can choose to display them in tabs with Tab widget plugin WP . The tabs available are recent posts, popular, reviews and labels. Also they show thumbnail entry among other features.

Social Icons Widget by WPZOOM

be accessible on social networks is critical nowadays and it is important that users accessing our web know where to find you. With this widget icons show our social networks linked to the different profiles so that they can easily reach and with a little luck follow.

The widget is very comprehensive as it allows you to customize the icons of social networks in position, size, spacing, color and decide the order shown.

Meks Easy Photo Feed Widget

If you have an account and want to show your Instagram content on your website, this widget makes it a very easy way. Only you need to know the name of the account or hashtag. Select the number of images to display, columns and maximum size and how often you need to recharge contents.

also includes a button to follow you.

Simple Social Page widget & shortcode

with this plugin can connect with your Facebook account. You need to work to create an app ID (has a link that takes you to your account to create it). Once you put the ID in your settings page and can use the widget.

The widget has many customization options. The first thing you have to enter is the URL of the page you want to display. And then a series of options for displaying content or not.

Custom twitter feeds

completing the part of social networks have this widget to show twitter. This plugin has a configuration page where completely customize the widget.

To able to use it you must first connect it to your twitter account. Is simpler than Facebook, you just have to press a button to connect by entering your login details.

contrast has more configuration options and is in English only. You can show tweets from your account or hashtag, the number of tweets to show and how often have to look for new content on twitter.

The other sections the use to maquetarlo as you want to show and what colors. Once you have everything in the widgets you can add it wherever you want.

Five Stars Business Profile

This widget allows you to display your business information such as address, phone, contact page, email and schedule. It also includes the Google map.

This widget is very useful in the footer, common space for this type of information. The plugin has a previous page where all data are filled. After the widget you want to show fields are marked.

Siteorigin Widgets Bundle

So far I have shown individual widgets to meet specific needs. This plugin is a pack of widgets designed for use primarily with visual layout designer Page Builder by SiteOrigin but most can also be used in the section Appearance > your WordPress widgets.

Once installed first thing we have to do is set the plugin to activate the widgets you want to use. There are more than 20 widgets, which is fine.

The setting is found in the Plugins > SiteOrigin Widgets menu.

going over them above, it first say that there are some who do the same functions as other widgets from the list, as the Editor SiteOrigin , image SiteOrigin (has the option to add a caption above or below the image), SiteOrigin Carousel tickets or Social Networking Buttons SiteOrigin (more layout options).

Now let’s see the new widgets the highlights:

  • Accordion SiteOrigin This layout mode is widely used in FAQs, where several questions are listed and to the press on a response unfolds.
  • Accordion SiteOrigin This layout mode is widely used in FAQs, where several questions are listed and to the press on a response unfolds.
  • Accordion SiteOrigin This layout mode is widely used in FAQs, where several questions are listed and to the press on a response unfolds.
    SiteOrigin

  • Features. This widget lets us make a composition combining an icon with a title, a description and a link to «see more» .One example use could be put in a store where a horizontal strip «Secure payment», «Free shipping» and » back guarantee «, each with an icon and a link to the page where the conditions of each are explained.
  • SiteOrigin Features. This widget lets us make a composition combining an icon with a title, a description and a link to «see more» .One example use could be put in a store where a horizontal strip «Secure payment», «Free shipping» and » back guarantee «, each with an icon and a link to the page where the conditions of each are explained.
    SiteOrigin

  • Features. This widget lets us make a composition combining an icon with a title, a description and a link to «see more» .One example use could be put in a store where a horizontal strip «Secure payment», «Free shipping» and » back guarantee «, each with an icon and a link to the page where the conditions of each are explained.
  • Eyelashes SiteOrigin. It allows us to display information in horizontal tabs, so it is a very useful widget. We can customize the colors of the container, the tab title and información.Como panels within each tab has a full text editor you can enter any type of content.
  • Eyelashes SiteOrigin. It allows us to display information in horizontal tabs, so it is a very useful widget. We can customize the colors of the container, the tab title and información.Como panels within each tab has a full text editor you can enter any type of content.
  • Eyelashes SiteOrigin. It allows us to display information in horizontal tabs, so it is a very useful widget. We can customize the colors of the container, the tab title and información.Como panels within each tab has a full text editor you can enter any type of content.
  • SiteOrigin Carousel. This widget I like it because you can add a slider (carousel) image anywhere on the web without creating a previous gallery, or complicated configurations as they usually have most of this add plugins tipo.Puedes links in images and layout navigation controls. Allows even add videos.
  • SiteOrigin Carousel. This widget I like it because you can add a slider (carousel) image anywhere on the web without creating a previous gallery, or complicated configurations as they usually have most of this add plugins tipo.Puedes links in images and layout navigation controls. Allows even add videos.
  • SiteOrigin Carousel. This widget I like it because you can add a slider (carousel) image anywhere on the web without creating a previous gallery, or complicated configurations as they usually have most of this add plugins tipo.Puedes links in images and layout navigation controls. Allows even add videos.
  • simple SiteOrigin Masonry. With this widget we can make a mosaic of images distributed within a grid. We can choose the number of columns for computer, tablet and mobile, and each image we tell how many columns and rows utilizará.Os give you an example that always understood better. I will use 4 columns and will put 3 photos. The first photo I occupy 2 columns and 2 rows. And the other 2 images 2 columns and one row. The result would be this: the result is very good for the simplicity it has.
  • simple SiteOrigin Masonry. With this widget we can make a mosaic of images distributed within a grid. We can choose the number of columns for computer, tablet and mobile, and each image we tell how many columns and rows utilizará.Os give you an example that always understood better. I will use 4 columns and will put 3 photos. The first photo I occupy 2 columns and 2 rows. And the other 2 images 2 columns and one row. The result would be this: the result is very good for the simplicity it has.
  • simple SiteOrigin Masonry. With this widget we can make a mosaic of images distributed within a grid. We can choose the number of columns for computer, tablet and mobile, and each image we tell how many columns and rows utilizará.Os give you an example that always understood better. I will use 4 columns and will put 3 photos. The first photo I occupy 2 columns and 2 rows. And the other 2 images 2 columns and one row. The result would be this: the result is very good for the simplicity it has.

The result is very good for simplicity what’s wrong with it.

  • SiteOrigin reticle image. This widget is more basic than the last, you can place images defining the image size and máximo.Las size images are distributed horizontally until no more fit and placed underneath. Images are displayed centered and with a separation that can also be defined.
  • SiteOrigin reticle image. This widget is more basic than the last, you can place images defining the image size and máximo.Las size images are distributed horizontally until no more fit and placed underneath. Images are displayed centered and with a separation that can also be defined.
  • SiteOrigin reticle image. This widget is more basic than the last, you can place images defining the image size and máximo.Las size images are distributed horizontally until no more fit and placed underneath. Images are displayed centered and with a separation that can also be defined.
  • SiteOrigin Google Maps. Enter the Google map with the location of your business, you can enter multiple bookmarks or even start a route and destination. Have many configuration options, zoom from computer or mobile icon marker or style of the map.
  • SiteOrigin Google Maps. Enter the Google map with the location of your business, you can enter multiple bookmarks or even start a route and destination. Have many configuration options, zoom from computer or mobile icon marker or style of the map.
  • SiteOrigin Google Maps. Enter the Google map with the location of your business, you can enter multiple bookmarks or even start a route and destination. Have many configuration options, zoom from computer or mobile icon marker or style of the map.
  • Contact Form SiteOrigin. It is the most complete I’ve seen you allow to create a contact form directly from the widget.Eso itself has many layout options that may seem excessive, but from experience I know that the end plugins that do not offer as many options end up showing a form that is not much like the rest of the web, and you have to take care of the widget details.This allows you, apart from setting up the mail, automatic answer and fields to use, maquetar both the container of the form as labels, fields and buttons, text size, error messages and even put antispam protection with recaptcha or akismet.
  • Contact Form SiteOrigin. It is the most complete I’ve seen you allow to create a contact form directly from the widget.Eso itself has many layout options that may seem excessive, but from experience I know that the end plugins that do not offer as many options end up showing a form that is not much like the rest of the web, and you have to take care of the widget details.This allows you, apart from setting up the mail, automatic answer and fields to use, maquetar both the container of the form as labels, fields and buttons, text size, error messages and even put antispam protection with recaptcha or akismet.
  • Contact Form SiteOrigin. It is the most complete I’ve seen you allow to create a contact form directly from the widget.Eso itself has many layout options that may seem excessive, but from experience I know that the end plugins that do not offer as many options end up showing a form that is not much like the rest of the web, and you have to take care of the widget details.This allows you, apart from setting up the mail, automatic answer and fields to use, maquetar both the container of the form as labels, fields and buttons, text size, error messages and even put antispam protection with recaptcha or akismet.

This widget allows you, apart from setting up the mail, automatic answer and fields to use, maquetar both the container of the form as labels, fields and buttons, text size, error messages and even put antispam protection recaptcha or akismet.

  • Video Player SiteOrigin. This widget will allow us to show videos hosted on our website and external videos like YouTube or Vimeo. It’s simple and the result is perfect.
  • Video Player SiteOrigin. This widget will allow us to show videos hosted on our website and external videos like YouTube or Vimeo. It’s simple and the result is perfect.
  • Video Player SiteOrigin. This widget will allow us to show videos hosted on our website and external videos like YouTube or Vimeo. It’s simple and the result is perfect.
  • SiteOrigin button. This widget lets us create a button that links to any page. It has many layout options, allowing even add an icon in various positions (has an extensive library of icons).
  • SiteOrigin button. This widget lets us create a button that links to any page. It has many layout options, allowing even add an icon in various positions (has an extensive library of icons).
  • SiteOrigin button. This widget lets us create a button that links to any page. It has many layout options, allowing even add an icon in various positions (has an extensive library of icons).
  • SiteOrigin Call to Action. Nothing simpler to make a call to action like this widget, where you enter a title, a subtitle and a button with a link and you are set.

Widget options

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Article 9 widgets + 1, and that actually this is not a widget plugin itself, but adds all a very interesting widgets configuration options.

The plugin has a configuration page where you enable or disable features, but activated by default and you’ll like.

Now the display any widget icons appear flanges.

On the first tab we an eye, and what we can do is show or hide the widget according to the page, or category in which you are.

With this one can be different sidebar widgets as, for example, the blog, a specific static page, the list of products in a category of a store, and so long.

not need to have areas of widgets for each section. With a single zone you can display completely different content in each part of the web.

and the second tab of mobile, we have «the icing on the cake», because we can show or hide depending on the device you can see, PC, Tablet or mobile widget.

For example, you want to show a mosaic of images on the PC version, but in the mobile to switch to a carousel to not take too much.

The next tab is to align the content, which depending on the widget or do not need.

The fourth tab is also useful because it can show the widget to people whether or not logueadas on the web, as private content.

Conclusions

With widgets will be able to enrich our WordPress visually but also adding all sorts of content quickly and easily.

In short, the widgets will allow us to extend the functionality of our template WordPress theme with endless options. And while many templates come with widgets beyond that WordPress offers not often enough.

With this hope article that can improve your website with these widgets that will let you from adding social networks, business information, show categories blog or entries to create forms, banners or buttons call to action and many more functionalities.

But if none of you have told it does what you need’m almost certain that in the WordPress repository will be. You just have to look!