WordPress widgets seem to be shortcode’s poor cousins. Perhaps it’s because they are a little more “black box”, a little trickier to code or thought of simply as a sidebar component.However the prevalence of drag-and-drop builders is freeing widgets from the confines of the sidebar and turning them into an increasingly crucial tool in the WordPress site building process.Learning how to build your own WordPress widgets is going to enable you to create sites that are quick to build and easy to manage.The WordPress Codex widget page starts with the following line:WordPress Widgets add content and features to your Sidebars. Share on Facebook Tweet it Share on Google+ Sign up for more WordPress wisdom
With so many resources available on must have / essential WordPress plugins, it can be hard to decide which ones to use. So we asked 40 blogging and social media experts about their 5 favorite WordPress plugins.