Widget is a term coined that is used to define tools and content that WordPress users add, arrange, remove and control. Widgets are located on the sidebar area of your blog. Widgets can be manipulated and most of all it can be customized and personalized. Through widgets, you can deliver and express any information you wish to convey. However, widgets are theme-dependent, which means some WordPress designs and layouts are not widgets enabled.
You can add widgets on your blog by selecting available widgets found on your blog’s sidebar. The process can be done manually. If the widget comes with its own setting, you will see an “Edit” link wherein you can click on it and execute the adjustments and changes you want to make. If widgets can be created, it can also be removed by simply clicking on the “Remove” option and then “Save Changes” option afterwards.
The plethora of widgets is available on the web and you can start with widgets from del.icio.us, Flickr, Meebo, RSS among others.
Also, widgets can be the best tools and companion for those who are not familiar with HTML.
Finally, since widgets are user friendly, accessible, and very much available you can use utilize your personalized widgets in:
1. Specializing a WordPress theme of your own;
2. Sidebar positioning (whether vertically or horizontally) and configuring of codes;
3. Animation of your sidebar using the ID and class attributes;
4. Making your sidebar draggable and collapsible;
5. Creating your own admin page; and
6. Improving the interface and the overall effect of your blog.