After installed a new theme, you will need to set up the sidebar. The sidebar are built by the widgets such as: About me, Archives, Categories… To manage them, you navigate to Appearance –> Widgets 

You will notice there are many widgets here, but there are only a few of them are customized by the Every Weekend theme, the others are maybe created by WordPress or a plugin on your blog.

For reference, this is the list of widgets that i added for the sidebar on live demo:


About me

A premium blog theme always come with the About me widget, you click on the About me widget or drag it to your sidebar, then fill your informations.

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You notice at the box Your photo URL, you will put a link of the photo, example: http://….

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The link should be got from your blog: you navigate to Media –> Library

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You click on a photo that you would like to display as a About me photo, look at the right, you will see the URL link of that photo, highlight it –> right click and select copy

media-image-link

Do the same for the signature image, i used a free font titled “Notera” to make the signature, you can download it free here.


Subscribe & Follow

Add the “Subscribe & Follow to you sidebar, then check the boxes to show the social media icons that you want.


Recent Posts with thumbnails

Like as the About me widget, we will add the Recent posts with Thumbnails widget to the sidebar. After do it, go to your homepage to see the result, if you don’t see the images on the Recent Posts widget at your sidebar, there are commonly 2 reasons:

  • Maybe you added a wrong widget, Recent posts (a default widget of WordPress) instead of Recent Posts with Thumbnails (customized by the theme)
  • Your posts have not the Featured image, click here for the instruction

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Popular posts widget

We use a free plugin called WordPress Popular Posts to show up the Popular posts widget. If you have followed step by step the instruction on the documentation, this plugin is already install on your blog. If you missed it for some reason, you go to your Dashboard, navigate to Plugins –> Add New –> Search for term “WordPress Popular Posts” > Install Now > Activate Plugin.

Once installed, navigate to Appearance –> Widgets –> add the WordPress Popular Post widget to your sidebar. There are many options, but if you would like to make it show up like as on the demo, you set it up exactly like this:


Instagram Feed for the sidebar

We use a free plugin called Instagram Slider widget to show up the instagram feed. If your blog have not this plugin, you go to your Dashboard, navigate to Plugins –> Add New –> Search for term “Instagram Slider” > Install Now > Activate Plugin.

Once installed, navigate to Appearance –> Widgets –> add the Instagram Slider widget to your sidebar

We recommend setting:

  • Number of photos to be 6
  • Template to “Thumbnails
  • Number of Columns to 2

Important!

  • Ensure your Instagram profile is set to “public“. The images will not show if your profile is “Private“.
  • Do not place the @ symbol in front of your username in the widget.

Subscription Form

The subscription form will be managed by Mailchimp – an email service at mailchimp.com where you will manage the subsribers, create email template and create a weekly newsletter Campaign…

Step 1

  • Go to your dashboard, navigate to Mailchimp for WP, click the “Get your API key here” link.
  • At the Mailchimp.com page, you sign up an account and get the API key, if you can’t find the API key, take a look to this article tutorial

Step 2- Navigate to Mailchimp for WP –> Forms –> Clear default form code in the big text box, then replace by the following code instead:

Be sure to save changes when you’re finished.

Kindly Note: If you’d like to change the text from “Never Miss a Post!” and “Subscribe for latest stories and promotions” to something else, you can do so on the 1st and 2st line of the above code, but it should be a short texts.

Step 3 – You navigate to Appearance –> Widgets –> Add “MailChimp Sign-Up Form” widget to the Sidebar. Leave blank for the widget title, then Save.