Create a Custom Image Widget: A How-To for Non-Designers

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The Daily Post

Widgets on WordPress.com are handy features: they display important information and visually enhance our sidebars and footers. For those of you who want to personalize your site a bit more — for free — consider creating a custom Image Widget, which you can use to:

  • promote a book, project, or event
  • call attention to specific links, like your social channels
  • shape your visual identity

Here, we’ll show you how to design your own image, which you can insert into an Image Widget.

Custom Image Widgets can be simple — consider the colored blocks of text for Bethany Meyer’s social media accounts on LifeAbsorbed (seen at left).

Or, you can mix image with text to create an even more personalized Image Widget, like this “2014 Reads” widget that appears at the top of Sasha Martinez’s sidebar at Other Sashas:

Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 3.02.24 PM

The layer of text, the subtle vintage filter, the rounded corners…you don’t need to…

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