WordPress Tip #1 for the complete ignoramus: Learn how Widgets work. Widgets are one of the most powerful tools in WordPress, even though they seem buried halfway down the menu on the left side of your Dashboard screen.
Once you have selected a WordPress Theme and have your blog running, open Dashboard and go to Appearance and then to Widgets.
Click the down arrow on one of your “Widget Areas” on the right side Doesn’t matter which one, but make it “Primary Widget Area.” Now click and drag one of the widgets displayed in the center of the screen — doesn’t matter which one, but for now grab “Text” — drag it to the Primary Widget Area. A rectangle outlined with a dotted line will magically appear. Drop the Widget in the Widget Area. Now type something in it, either in the title or the text box.
Now look at the change in your blog’s appearance by clicking on the very top of the page, your web site name.
Do you see the text you typed? You have just fooled with a widget.
Remember: widgets are good, widgets are dear.
Now Go Back to Dashboard -> Appearance -> Widgets (you can’t change widgets from anywhere else as far as I know, which is not much). To see the widget you made, click on the arrow on the Primary Widget Area, then grab your Text widget and drop it in the Inactive Widgets area. Experiment like this with other widgets. Nothing can go wrong unless you delete or remove a useful widget from your theme.
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