Updated on May 18, 2023
Displaying your top content in the sidebar as featured posts can help drive more traffic to your pillar articles. This article will demonstrate how to easily display featured posts in the WordPress sidebar using various methods.
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Sidebars represent your website's non-content area. Most users use this area by including an email newsletter form, social media buttons, banner ads, and so on.
Another way to use the sidebar is to display your most popular articles as featured posts. That increases traffic to those articles, and your users can discover your best content without having to search for it.
There are two ways to do this without using the Gutenberg block editor. One is via a widget, and the other is via a menu. Both methods are relatively simple and do not require installing any plugins on your website. Your theme must support widgets, menus, or both, for these methods to work.
After you have logged in to your website's administrative dashboard, please follow these steps:
You should now be able to see your featured posts in action by visiting your website.
It is important to note that how the featured posts appear when adding them this way depends on the theme your website is using and the widget formatting itself.
This method is more indirect but allows you to manage your featured posts more effectively. Rather than putting the featured post list in a Text widget, we'll make a navigation menu and place it in the sidebar. The benefit of this method is that you can easily add new posts without editing the widget and reorganize the list using a drag-and-drop interface.
Your menu is now complete and ready for use. All that is left is to include the menu in the Sidebar.
Remember to save your widget settings. You should now be able to see your featured posts list by visiting your website. This method allows you more freedom when it comes to adding or rearranging your featured posts.
This method takes advantage of the Gutenberg block editor. This editor gives you many more options when it comes to building your website. It also makes building your website much more straightforward.
To begin, edit a WordPress post or page to display your featured posts. Then:
One helpful feature of the block editor is the ability to save a block as a 'Reusable block' and reuse it in as many posts or pages as you want.
Now, you can do so whenever you edit a post or page where you want to re-display the featured posts. Click the add new block button and type the name of your reusable block to find it. You can also edit reusable blocks; the changes will be reflected everywhere.
The methods we discussed above all required a more hands-on approach from the user. However, some plugins can make featuring your popular posts a more straightforward experience. Here are four free ones which will display your most popular posts in your website's sidebar:
Each of these plugins approaches the task in a similar way. We recommend you look at each of them individually, test them, and select the one that best suits your specific needs.
We hope this article has shown you how to feature posts in the WordPress sidebar easily. As you can see, it is a simple task to add the posts to the sidebar, especially when there are plugins that can do that for you. Having your most popular posts in the sidebar should help user engagement on your website, which should, in turn, help your website grow. It also looks professional.
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