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Add an Image Widget in WordPress

How to Add an Image Widget in WordPress Sidebar

by Waseem Abbas on February 8, 2018

Do you want to create a sidebar widget with image or photo slider? Displaying an image in the widget areas of your site is useful to promote products, services and icons/logos. In this tutorial, we will share how to add an image widget in WordPress sidebar.

By default, the image widget in WordPress is simple with less or no features.

Add Image Widget

We recommend you to use a plugin like Soliloquy that has tons of amazing features to create beautiful image widget on your site.

To add an image widget in WordPress sidebar, you’ll need to follow these 4 steps:

  • Step 1. Install and activate Soliloquy plugin
  • Step 2. Create an image slider in Soliloquy
  • Step 3. Go to WordPress widgets section
  • Step 4. Add an image widget in the sidebar

By the end of this tutorial, you’ll be able to create an image widget in the sidebar that will look like as shown in this image below:

Add an Image Widget

Ready to get started? Let’s go!

Step 1: Install and Activate Soliloquy Plugin

The first thing you need to do is install and activate Soliloquy slider plugin on your WordPress website.

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Wondering how to do it? You should check out this complete Soliloquy installation guide for assistance.

Step 2: Create an Image Slider in Soliloquy

Upon activating the plugin, you should go to Soliloquy » Add New from your WordPress admin backend. Add a title and drop the photos in the Native Slider section.

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To learn more about the settings, you should check out this guide on how to create an image slider in WordPress.

Step 3: Go to WordPress Widgets Section

Soliloquy plugin has its own widget that you can use on your site in the widget areas.

After creating the image slider, you need to go to Appearance » Widgets in WordPress to add the image widget in sidebar.

Step 4: Add an Image Widget in the Sidebar

In this section, simply drag and drop the Soliloquy widget in sidebar widget area.

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If your theme has more widget areas, then you can use this widget in any of these sections to display the image/slider.

It allows you to change the slider settings for width, height, transition and more anytime. Simply visit your site to see the image widget in WordPress sidebar that will look like as shown in this image below:

Add an Image Widget

We hope this tutorial has helped you to learn how to add an image widget in WordPress sidebar. You may also want to check out our guide on beginners guide on how to add images in WordPress. In case, your images are loading slow in WordPress, you should check this ultimate guide to boost speed and performance.

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Waseem Abbas is a content writer for SoliloquyWP and Envira Gallery.


    Ali Nateghi

    April 1, 2019

    the Sliloquy widget does not appear in “Widget” section of “Appearance” tab after publishing slide. Anyone to tell me why !?


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