10 Useful WordPress Widget Tutorials

WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems in the world and its customizabilityis the key in making it a success. Custom themes, plugins and widgets are the features that make this CMS fantastic tool for businesses, individuals and any other kind of users.

In today’s roundup I would like to share with you some handy WordPress tutorials on creating your own widgets for WordPress. Widgets are widely used on the blogosphere and if you want to add custom built functionality for your own or client’s blog you will be able to do that after completing some of the tutorials listed in this post.

Most of the tutorials are covering general concepts on creating WordPress widgets and are perfectly suitable for beginners while other tutorials are targeted for experienced WordPress developers and will require broader knowledge.

Building Custom WordPress Widgets

Building Custom WordPress Widgets

In this short and easy to follow tutorial by Bilal Shaheen
you will be introduced to the structure of the WordPress widgets and three simple functions that will allow you to create your own widgets.

How to Create a Simple Widget on WordPress

How to Create a Simple Widget on WordPress

Another great and straightforward tutorial on creating WordPress widgets. Dadan Arifin explains you shortly the benefits of object-oriented programming and how it is applied in WordPress CMS to easily create, duplicate and reuse the code for new widgets.

Creating a Custom WordPress Widget with Widget Options

Creating a Custom WordPress Widget with Widget Options

In this more advanced tutorial you will be guided through the process of creating a “About Us” widget with widget options. Tutorial is well written and includes the code examples as well as screenshots to make easy to follow and understand.

How To Create A Widget Plugin For WordPress

How To Create A Widget Plugin For WordPress

RĂ©mi Corson explains in details how to create a widget plugin for wordpress and gives you lots of code examples to better understand the concept behind the theory.

How To Create An Embeddable Content Plugin For WordPress

How To Create An Embeddable Content Plugin For WordPress

In this thorough tutorial by Sameer Borate you will learn to create a plugin for embeddable content on WordPress widgets. You will be able to embed posts, ads, photo gallery etc.

WordPress Tutorial: Create Your Custom WordPress Dashboard Widget

WordPress Tutorial: Create Your Custom WordPress Dashboard Widget

Noel Khasipov shows you how to build your own WordPress dashboard widget for displaying recent tweets from a particular user.

Create A Multi Author About Me WordPress Widget

Create A Multi Author About Me WordPress Widget

Paul Underwood shows you how to create a handy WordPress widget for showcasing multiple authors on your blog’s sidebar or whatever you like.

Inserting Widgets With Shortcodes

Inserting Widgets With Shortcodes

In this tutorial for more experienced WordPress developers Daniel Pataki takes another angle on using WordPress shortcodes and widgets. He will show you how to add widgets anywhere using just shortcodes.

Advanced WordPress Widgets

Advanced WordPress Widgets

In this guide Pippin Williamson will walk you through the process of creating any kind of plugin for WordPress. This tutorial will require some knowledge about WordPress and PHP so before taking a look at this tutorial learn some basics to get the most of the information provided here.

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