One of the crucial element of your blog is the Sidebar. The sidebar is where we can showcase essential stuff like banners, recent posts, email subscription widget etc. Most of the time, your blog visitors may not notice what are all items listed on the sidebar.
Hence, you have to grab the attention of the visitors and showcase those important things from the sidebar. This can be easily done by showing a sticky sidebar.
If you are familiar with CSS/HTML programming languages then you can easily add the position: fixed; CSS property to any HTML element and make it floating or sticky at any place in your blog. However, that’s an odd way of doing it and there come WordPress plugins.
I tried many different plugins and finally, settled with the Q2W3 plugin.
This plugin simply enables an option “to enable sticky” on every widget of your blog. All you have to enable or disable this option, nothing more.
In this article, I will take you through the exact steps to add sticky sidebar widgets in your WordPress blog.
Step 1 – Install Q2W3 Plugin.
- Go to Plugins > Add New
- Search for “q2w3” and click “Install Now”
- Click “Activate Plugin”
Step 2 – Customize the Sticky Position/Plugin Options.
Go to Appearance > Fixed Widget Options.
Here you can customize the margin top and bottom values to make your widget have some space.
In case, if you are using a floating/sticky menu in your blog – it may not work after installing this plugin. Hence you have to check the “Use jQuery” option.
Don’t forget to click “Save Changes”.
Step 3 – Showing the Sticky Widget.
- Go to Appearance > Widgets.
- Drag and drop any widget that you want and you can see the option “Fixed Widget”, just check it and click “Save”.
Now you have a widget placed on the sidebar with stickiness enabled. When you scroll down/up the page, you can see the widget floating and won’t change its position hence it grabs visitors attention.
This is a simple setup that can bring in lot more effect in your blog especially if you are expecting an action from your visitors.
At the same time, don’t forget to use call-to-action words which can grab more visitors attention.