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WordPress Create Widget Area for Child Theme (Part 1)

WordPress Widgets provide an easy and simple way to add features, for example, Calendar, Search Box, etc., to any location of blog. The procedures in creating widgets for parent themes or child themes are almost the same. Let’s continue with the alexten child theme that we created in previous posts.

Take a look at the WordPress blog with alexten child theme:

wordpress create widget area for child theme

The contents at the Sidebar, Recent Posts, Recent Comments, Archives, Categories and Meta are actually WordPress widgets.

WordPress widgets can be manage in the Admin Control Panel. Log in the Admin Panel and navigate to Dashboard -> Apperance -> Widgets.

On the right side is the Widget Area. The upper side shows the widgets that are already inserted into the blog. The lower side shows other widget areas.

wordpress create widget area for child theme

A widgets can easily be removed from the widget area, or insert into a widget area. To remove a widget, simply drag it away from the widget area back to the Available Widgets or Inactive Widgets. To add a widget, drag a widget from the Available Widgets or Inactive Widgets to an empty widget area.

wordpress create widget area for child theme

The default WordPress Twenty Ten theme has 6 default widget areas, namely the Primary Widget Area, Secondary Widget Area, First Footer Area, Second Footer Area, Third Footer Area and Fourth Footer Area.

Sometimes the default widget areas are not suitable to use. For example, we wish to add a widget to the header or navigation menu. Therefore this is necessary to know how to create new widget area.

Remember that all WordPress themes may have different number of widgets and different widget areas. Therefore if you switch to other WordPress themes, some widgets feature may be lost.