8 excellent resources to enhance your WordPress sidebar

by Jean.

Sidebar is a very important part of your blog. Though, it can quickly look the same than in many other blogs. I’ve compilated 8 excellent resources to help you buid a better sidebar for your Wordpress blog.

WordPress Sidebar Turned Apple-Flashy Using jQuery UI


Apple have always been Gods in terms of the way they present themselves and their products. I just love the sidebar on the Apple Startpage, and if you love it too, you might check out this excellent tutorial, brought to you by Nettuts.

Adding Tabs to Your Blog Sidebar


One of the most recurent problems in sidebar is probably its height: You put some ads, your (long) blogroll, your last post, comments…and so on. Then you end up with a very long sidebar, which can be unesthetic and not very user-friendly. Happilly, tabs are here to help. This cool tutorial explains all you need to know to start creating your WordPress tabbed sidebar.

Building a Better Blogroll: Dynamic Fun with SimplePie and jQuery


A traditional blogroll is a simple list of other sites, often in the sidebar, that are related, owned by, or otherwise friendly to the home site. Blogrolls are a great idea and on-point with the spirit of blogging, but how is a casual reader to know if any of these sites are truly of interest? This tutorial show how to improve upon the concept of a blogroll by not just listing sites, but dynamically pulling recent headlines from them, and using some fun jQuery animation.

Create a login form for your WordPress sidebar


Recently, I heard many times about WordPress users which wanted to show a login form in their sidebar. If you want to do that, this plugin is for you. I haven’t tested it myself since I don’t want any login form in my sidebar, but it seems pretty good.

Customizing your WordPress Sidebar


Did you ever wanted to know how to style your sidebar widgets with background images or create a rollover effect on your rss feed image? If yes, you should read this excellent tutorial.

How to display Popular Post in your wordpress sidebar


Displaying popular posts on your sidebar is a good thing, because theses posts can make people staying longer on your blog. This article will teach you how to use plugins/widgets to display popular posts on your sidebar and customize it.

Enhanced Sidebars with Dynamic Content


Typically, most blogs will us a standard sidebar for the entire site. WordPress users have a lot of potential functionality that is rarely used in terms of creating various sidebars and displaying them in different situations. This excellent article from Vandelay Design discuss the fact that a static sidebar is boring, and helps you to create a dynamic sidebar. A must see!

73 resources on Best stuff tu put on your blog sidebar


To finish this list, here’s a list of 73 resources to put on your blog sidebar: Del.icio.us badges, adsense, last.fm charts…Almost everything for almost everyone.

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