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Manage Blog Plugins & Widgets

Widgets and plugins are optional features that can be added to your blog. Plugins add functionality to a blog, while widgets provide design elements or supplemental content (e.g., add navigation for linking to archived blog posts and pages, add a list of links to other Web sites).

Note: Some plugins (such as the Flickr plugin) initialize sidebar widgets which can be added to a sidebar in your blog. Other plugins (such as the Google Analytics plugin, which monitors traffic on your blog) are not visible to visitors, and run as part of your administrative tools.

Activate Plugins

  1. Log in to your blog, and on the Dashboard toolbar, click Plugins (at left). The Plugins screen will open, listing all available plugins. Active plugins are highlighted white, and Inactive plugins are grayed-out.
  2. To activate a plugin, click Activate below the plugin name. The screen will refresh with a Plugin activated message (at top). The plugin will no longer be grayed-out in the list of available plugins and the link below the plugin will read Deactivate. If available, a configuration link will appear at left.
  3. To remove a plugin, click Deactivate (below the plugin name). The screen will reload with a Plugin deactivated message at the top of the screen. The deactivated plugin will be grayed-out and the link below its name will read Activate.

Configure Plugin Settings

Some plugins (e.g., Google Analytics) must be configured in order to work.

  1. Log in to your blog, and on the Dashboard toolbar, click Plugins (at left). The Plugins screen will display a list of available plugins.
  2. Configuration links are not available for all plugins and will only appear when a plugin is active. If available, the configuration link for a plugin will appear on the toolbar (at left), under Plugins.
  3. Configure the settings and click Update Options. An Options Saved message will appear at the top of the screen (You may need to click Plugins in the Dashboard toolbar to return to the Plugins screen).

Add & Remove Widgets

In order to appear on the Widgets screen, some widgets require activation on the Plugins screen (see the Plugins section above).

Note: Widget arrangement is shared with each theme; if you change themes, you may need to reconfigure your blog's widgets.

  1. Log in to your blog, and on the Dashboard toolbar, click Appearance (at left), then Widgets. The Widgets screen will open, showing at least three panels:
    • The Available Widgets panel (center), holds a Widget box for each widget you can add to a sidebar.
    • There is a Sidebar panel (at right) for each sidebar area provided by your current theme. A two-column layout has one sidebar, a three-column layout has two sidebars.
    • The Inactive Widgets panel (at bottom) lets you store configured widgets you have removed from a sidebar without losing the settings.
      Note: To collapse or expand a panel or widget box, click the arrow (at top, right).
  2. To add a widget to a sidebar, the Sidebar panel (at right) must be expanded (click the Arrow to expand).
  3. From the Available Widgets or the Inactive Widgets panels, drag and drop a widget box into the sidebar panel. A copy of the widget box will appear in the sidebar panel.
  4. Configure the widget as needed and click Save (if available) at the bottom of the widget box for each widget you add.
    Note: You may have to click the arrow on the widget box to see Save. Not all widget boxes have a Save option.

    Remove Widgets from Sidebars

    There are two ways to remove a widget from a sidebar:

    • To remove a widget from a sidebar, but preserve its settings, on the Widgets screen, drag the widget box from the sidebar into the Inactive Widgets panel (at bottom, left).
    • To remove a widget from a sidebar without preserving its settings, expand the widget box and click Delete, or drag the widget box back to the Available Widgets panel.

    Configure Widget Settings

    1. To configure preferences for a widget, the widget must first be added to a Sidebar panel (see above). You cannot configure a widget located in the Available or Inactive Widgets panels.
    2. To see the widget options, expand the widget box (click Arrow).
    3. Make your changes, then click Save (at bottom, in the expanded widget box).
      Note: No confirmation message will be displayed.

    Use Widgets with Multi-Sidebar Themes

    Some themes, have more than one sidebar where you can place widgets, in which case more than one sidebar panel appears on the right side of the Widgets screen.

    Sidebar Names

    Depending on your blog's theme, the sidebar panels may be named differently (e.g., Main Sidebar and Right Sidebar, or Sidebar 1 and Sidebar 2).

    Sidebar location on the Dashboard Widgets Screen vs. on Your Blog Page

    Sidebar panels will always appear on the right side of the Widgets screen and will not necessarily correspond to the layout of blog pages.

    Moving Widgets Between Sidebars

    To move a widget from one sidebar to another, on the Widgets screen, drag and drop the widget box into another sidebar panel.

    Re-arrange Widgets within a Sidebar

    To re-arrange widget placement on your blog’s sidebar, on the Dashboard toolbar, go to Appearance > Widgets, then drag and drop widget boxes within the Sidebar panel(s).