Do you have a WordPress blog or website with long pages and a sidebar with ads or other similar content? Do your readers have to scroll down quite a bit in order to read a full post? Chances are if your visitors are scrolling down, the ads or social media links you are promoting at the top of your post are not right in your visitor’s face when they finish reading the article. They may have even forgotten that the ads were there, even if they were interested in clicking on them. Instead of the traditional sidebars, why not have a fixed WordPress sidebar that scrolls along the page with your visitors.
Q2W3 Fixed Widget (Sticky Widget) is a great plugin that allows you to have fixed WordPress sidebar widgets that stay put when your visitors scroll through your pages. Here’s a short video showing how the plugin works:
While the video uses a bunch of social media links, you could really use whatever content you want with this plugin.
- Keep advertisers happy by making their ads follow the reader throughout the page.
- Have an email newsletter signup form stick in the same spot on the page as your visitors scroll down.
- Force some content to scroll off the page while others stick with the reader.
How to use Fixed WordPress Sidebar Widgets
To use the Q2W3 Fixed Widget (Sticky Widget) WordPress plugin, first install and activate the plugin like you would any other WordPress plugin.
Next, navigate to Appearance > Widgets in your WordPress dashboard. There, you can find a check box on any widget’s options to enable the widget to be fixed on the sidebar. Check the box and click Save.
Since every theme has different top and bottom margins to deal with, this plugin allows you to set how far the widgets should stay away from the top and bottom of the page. For example, if you have a header with a navigation bar that comes down 150px, you could set the top margin to 150. Likewise for a footer that is 150px tall, you can set the bottom margin to 150 and the widgets won’t overlap the header or footer.
These settings can be made in the Appearance > Fixed Widget Options page.
For responsive or mobile friendly sites, you can disable the plugin whenever a visitor is browsing on a smartphone, tablet, or whenever their browser is less than a certain width that you specify.
Do you use a fixed WordPress sidebar on your site? Show it off in the comments.