Notice: as of the newest changes to widgets with WP 5.8, please install the Classic Widget plugin if you prefer to use the widgets in their original form. Otherwise, the widgets are available in the new widget block editor under “Legacy Widgets”
Navigate to Appearance > Widgets in your WordPress Dashboard. Here you can drag your available widgets from the left side of your screen and drop them into your theme’s “widget areas.”
If you are new to Widgets in WordPress and need some help on how they work, please see wordpress.org’s documentation on the Appearance > Widgets Screen.
Using the Theme 500 Widgets, you are no longer limited to a single content editing screen or a single predetermined layout. Instead, you are free to easily create a beautiful and unique home page. Each block of content can have its own layout and its own text styling and background image.
A great example of the Theme 500 Content Widgets in action is the home page of our Theme 500 Enterprise demo site. On this page, the areas above and below the Project Grid are populated with custom content consisting of a combination of images and text. All of this content was created using the 500 Content Widgets.
The 500 Content Widgets
The image shown here is an example of how we used the 500 Content Wide Widget above our main page’s Project Grid to create a beautiful banner area with custom images and text styling.
We placed this in our Widget Area called Home Top Content Widgets, which appears above the Featured Project or Project Grid on the Home Page.
Widget height, images, text-color, copy, and padding are all set easily within the widget.
The text area of the 500 Content Widgets support all the same HTML that WordPress posts/pages do.
NOTE: The 500 Content Widgets do not support Shortcodes with their text areas, since Shortcodes must be executed within the WordPress Loop (inside an actual post, page, or project).