Using WordPress Widgets to Add Banner Graphics to a Blog

Customizing WordPress Blogs with WordPress Widgets and WordPress Plugins

Recently, several friends and visitors asked how I added the graphic banners to my WordPress Blog pages. Here are a few tips to help any interested reader in adding free graphic banners, text boxes or other special function boxes using WordPress widgets.

Keep in mind that self-hosted WP blogs can also be enhanced with WordPress Plugins; a topic for a later Hub ….

Each WordPress theme provides the blogger with a basic format that typically provides areas for Posts, Pages, as well as a few additional features included in the sidebar(s) such as a Calendar, Recent Posts, Archives, etc. These additional features are added as “Widgets” that either includes a “standalone” feature (Calendar, Search, etc.) or are “customizable” usually by adding and a “Text” widget then entering the appropriate text or HTML code. An excerpt from my blog is shown in the following figure that includes examples of how different types of widgets are displayed in the sidebar of my opening page.


WordPress Widget Examples

Adding Banner Graphics Code via Widgets


As for adding the banners and other widgets to your pages, you need to access the appropriate areas of your Dashboard (“My Dashboard” selection on the top bar of the screen when first logged in).


Once the Dashboard page is open, you should note that there are three sections of menu options running down the left side of the Dashboard window. The top section is labeled “Dashboard” and has sub-headings like Blog Stats & Blog Surfer. The second has sub-headings like Posts, Media, etc. while the third has sections entitled Appearance, Users, etc. (which is where you go to add the banners).


In order to create a text box or banner (in the manner that I did) you have to add a “Text Widget” which is located as a sub-page under the “Appearance” tab. You can access the sub-pages (including widgets) by clicking the drop-down arrow to the right of the word “Appearance” (it’s lights-up when you run the cursor over it).


Open the drop down menu and then click on “Widgets” tab and a new window opens with a listing of the widgets that can be added and those already added to your post sheet and pages (see the annotated figure below).


You add a text message or banner graphic by:


1) adding a “Text” widget to your side bar;


2) clicking on Save Changes;


3) Opening the “Text” box by clicking on “Edit” in the Widget once it places it on the Sidebar;


4) Copying in the “Text” for the ext message or “HTML code” for the banner you want to display into the “Text” widget box;


5) after pasting the text or HTML into the text box, click the “Done” button on the lower left corner of the Text widget box; and


6) click the “Save Changes” button below the Widget you just closed and that should display the banner on the page.


Once you have saved the edits, click on the “Visit Site” button and examine the fruits of your labor.

You are also invited to a posting on one of my blogs that provides access to a video showing the steps to install text and HTML-based graphics using WordPress Text Widgets. (<== Live Link to the Video!)



WordPress Widgets Page Screen-Shot

A Note Of Caution

At the time I originally wrote and posted this Hub, I had a budding blog at WordPress.com.  As a matter of fact, the images above were captured from that very site.  Those images also show graphic banners associated with thrid party affiliate sites (in other words, if people went there and ended up purchasing anything from those sites, I stood to make a few dollars). 

It seems "Big Brother" at WordPress.com doesn't approve of such practices. 

Though those banners and a few other links existed on my former blog site, it is now a former blog since WordPress.com suspended it (aka killed it) for Terms of Service (TOS) violations this past weekend.

Understand that 90+% of the content on the blog was value or training oriented but that did not matter. 

It seems that if you conduct such activities on your blog, the "Big Brothers" at WordPress.com won't approve and kill the site without warning.  Be sure to read the TOS carefully and be conservative in your interpretation; if you think your post maybe selling something or trying to fool Google, don't add it! 

A Little About Jim Hickey


Jim is helping home and small business owners to utilize attraction marketing and relationship building methods to grow their Internet presence. You can access additional information resources and tips to propel the growth of your business by visiting Jim's blog or my Wordpress Tutorial PDF site.


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prasannasutrave 7 years ago from mumbai( india )

Very useful information.I am searching for the same kind of information.Thanks a lot.It will help me to add banners to my word press blog.Thank you very much sir.


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Jim Hickey 7 years ago from Maryville, Missouri Author

You are very welcome, I'm glad you found it useful.


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cindyschulson 7 years ago from San Diego, CA

Thank you Jim. I am starting a second blog and was thinking about using WordPress. Your tips will surely help me!


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Jim Hickey 7 years ago from Maryville, Missouri Author

Hi Cindy,

Very welcome .... I'm really enjoying this whole blogging thing :)

Best always,

Jim


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Renegade Coach 7 years ago from Langley, BC

Thanks Jim. Wordpress is on my todo list. I'll bookmark this for future reference.


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Jim Hickey 7 years ago from Maryville, Missouri Author

Thanks Irene, I'm glad you found it helpful :)


Kevin 7 years ago

Hi Jim

Thanks for the posting. I find blogging interesting but somewhat confusing. My blog is hosted through my Viral Networks membership - does that mean that I wouldn't be able to add the graphics that you're talking about here? (being as how it isn't self-hosted)

Kevin


paintgirl2011 7 years ago

WOW,it was very useful!!thx :D :D


How to monetize your blog 7 years ago

Very enjoable hubpage. Personally I think that the widgets are one of the most powerful features of Wordpress and if you go looking you will find many great plugins that can improve your blog considerably.


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Jim Hickey 7 years ago from Maryville, Missouri Author

Hello How To .....

Thanks for stopping. The dual widget and plugins features of WordPress truly makes it a phenomenal blogging platform.


Dianna 7 years ago

This was just what I was looking for. Thanks. Great information. If you see a banner on my blog sidebar, it was because of this post!


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JessicaR1211 7 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

Bookmarked to try this out later!


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Jim Hickey 7 years ago from Maryville, Missouri Author

Thank you Dianna and Jessica!


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sunforged 7 years ago from Sunforged.com

I had a wordpress.com site killed too, and it was mostly quality content with affiliate banners, they allowed me to remove aff links and kept it, it was worth doing as I had great traffic and backlinks generated by it.

maybe it isn't to late?


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Anamika S 7 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

I just started with wordpress self hosted blog and have been looking for this info. Thanks for sharing.


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Jim Hickey 7 years ago from Maryville, Missouri Author

Hi sunforged ....

Glad it worked out for you. Since the blog was less than five months old, plus I had all the content backed up and I was in the process of setting up a self-hosted blog, I went the other direction with it.

Jim


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Jim Hickey 7 years ago from Maryville, Missouri Author

Hi Anamika S ....

You are very welcome. I am glad you found the info helpful.

Jim


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EWealthGuide 6 years ago from Vancouver

thanks for the good tips, cheers


Ricky 6 years ago

Look! Word press having the so many collection of themes among them few are very very attractive and here providing tips are really very informative and good.


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blackhatworld 6 years ago from Belize

i use WP a lot and it is easy to understand those widgets that they have. easy to configure and edit. you can do anything on your WP blogs. just anything.


Razvan 6 years ago

Hey useful info thanks :)!


finallygettingtoeven.com 6 years ago

Thanks for all the info. I am new to this whole thing and i need all the help i can get. I am slowly learning this stuff but it's a little hard for a computer idiot like me...Thanks again!


Jim HIckey 6 years ago

Howdy finally and Razvan ... you are very welcome and I am glad it helped!


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bizchickblogs 6 years ago from Tucson

Great post, Jim. It's something you get used to doing as a developer and you forget that it comes very foreign to people unfamiliar with websites and code. A client of mine wanted to do this this week and I walked her through it. Now I will have a page to show to people! :) Thanks.


wp programming 6 years ago

Wow!!! Great article. Am learning slowly. But this would help me to learn fast.

Thank you Dianna and Jessica


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HealthFreak31 6 years ago

Hi Jim,

I am completely new to all of this and it sounds like you know what your doing. When i get approced for an affilite program. Can i use them on all of my blogs or only one? And if that's the case do i have to keep reapplying?


Great Job 6 years ago

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Cobrafan 6 years ago from Nowhere

Great post, great info. This is my favorite method of inserting ads when I don't want them to be "permanent." When I have no plans of changing them for some time (or want them in areas that widgets can't be placed) then I'll actually go into the coding and insert the code where I want it but that's a little more advanced. For most people, using the Text widget is an awesome way to add ads to their WP blogs :)


Bart Zahn 5 years ago

Very helpful Jim.Its nice to find people like you willing to help others.I look forward to using more of your advice,thanks so much. Keep up the good work and have a great day.


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onceuponatime66 5 years ago from USA IL

Thanks for this helpful hub as I just started a new word press blog or web page that I pay for after years of blogging and no comments or followers. SO I am in the learning process and appreciate what you wrote here.


Billigere 5 years ago

Thank you so much. It really did the trick. So easy, I can't believe it..:-) Is it possible to use different banners on different pages with this method? - Ray J.


zafar 5 years ago

i have read all the points very interestingly and found that most of the points are new for me. I am the new comer in blogging field, these points have created more passion for me to read and write for blogs.


zafar 5 years ago

Very helpful Jim.Its nice to find people like you willing to help others.I look forward to using more of your advice,thanks so much. Keep up the good work and have a great day.


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Jim Hickey 5 years ago from Maryville, Missouri Author

Good Evening Zafar, Billigere, Once et al.

Thanks for the comments and support, it definitely makes it all worth doing :)

Best always,

Jim H.


gunawan 5 years ago

I like your article,

I’ve recently started a blog, the information you provide on this site has helped me tremendously. Thank you for all ...


clickbank plugin 5 years ago

Nice to know information about adding banner graphics code via widgets. You make it easy to follow. I find your hub informative and useful. Thanks for sharing your idea. And i bookmarked this for future reference.


tom tom 5 years ago

I'll definitlley use your advices for my own websites. Thanks.


Frost 5 years ago

Thanks for the warnings, just started adding affiliated ads from clickbank and amazon to my wordpress blog to get familiar with the process. Do you have any suggestions on alternative companies to go with that don't have a problem with affiliated ads? Thanks for sharing your knowledge.


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Jim Hickey 5 years ago from Maryville, Missouri Author

Hello Frost,

Glad you found it helpful. As far as blog-type platforms, I use Wordpress, I just do so on my own hosting account as opposed to Wordpress.com...

As far as free platforms go, I believe blogger and blog.com are more forgiving with affiliate links.

I hope that helps,

Jim


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

Thank you for this informative hub.

Very helpful tips Jim - will bookmark


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Jim Hickey 4 years ago from Maryville, Missouri Author

Very welcome missolive; I'm glad you found it useful!


Onyxx 4 years ago

Your instructions are very easy to follow. Thank you. I will bookmark your hub.


wordpress afficio 4 years ago

I found your article, 'old' as it may be, very helpful. I think there are many brilliant plugins and widgets for WordPress, which are easy enough to use even for a non-web designer such as myself. However, I am growing exceedingly impatient with xxx.wordpress.com blogs (for instance, digitoimisto.wordpress.com). It seems impossible to utilize my favourite plugins and widgets for those WordPress sites/blogs.

Any hints or advice? (I would prefer other domains and 'real' WordPress sites to xxx.wordpress.com sites, but am, alas, unable to create one. I.e., I am illiterate in HTML, php, css, etc.)


ussa191 4 years ago

Nice post :) i was not able to add plugins to my wordpress.com blog is there any way to add the "page links to" plugin to dot com wordpress ?


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Jim Hickey 4 years ago from Maryville, Missouri Author

Hello wordpress afficio & ussa191,

One of the big issues with Wordpress.com relates to the fact you can't use plugins therefore lose that level of customization.

Fortunately, most quality hosting services (like HostGator for example), take the hassle out of the install. As far as not knowing HTML, etc., the abundance of themes and plugins mean most WP users just focus on using themes, plugins and widgets to accomplish their goals.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jim H.


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mortgage-news 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

I love using the widgets. it makes life so easy.


robb6669 4 years ago

A lot of people think that you need to have HTML experience in creating a Wordpress blog but actually all you need to have is a computer and ability to learn the Wordpress dashboard. If you pick the right template for your blog you can easily add images without having to install a plugin.

If you are going to have ads on your blog I would then recommend a plugin that specifies ad banners. That way you won't get into trouble with Wordpress. Just make sure that the plugin is a Wordpress plugin and is accepted by Wordpress.


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