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 theme, the others are maybe created by WordPress or a plugin on your blog.
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.
You notice at the box Your photo URL, you will put a link of the photo, example: http://….
The link should be got from your blog: you navigate to Media –> Library
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
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
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 Apearance –> Widgets –> add the Instagram Slider widget to your sidebar
We recommend setting:
- Number of photos to be 9
- Template to “Thumbnails“
- Number of Columns to 3
- 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.