Question: Can a site survive without using any widget?
Answer: Probably, but something will obviously be missing.
Widgets were not as numerous or as active before. Sites and blogs of today use so many that it is sometimes distracting to the readers. When site owners do not fall into the trap of overdoing it, widget use is one of the most effective ways of maximizing the potentials of a site or blog.
Widgets make sites and blogs more interesting, interactive, and functional. In fact, they can be so entertaining that is is very easy to get carried away and place every available widget offered for use. Site owners have to understand that every widget has a specific purpose and not every purpose will fit the purpose of a site. Putting widgets that do not go with the basic direction of the site just shows the lack of care a site owner has for the readers. Sites which respect their readers do not place anything that will not be useful since doing so only works to make the reading experience unpleasant.
Too many widgets can distract the attention of readers especially those that block a part of the content, move around or is just plain disturbing to the eye. It is always best to determine what the site needs in terms of widgets and then choose only the ones that are most applicable. Site owners should heed the advice of many to err in the side of caution which is to start with a few instead of a single drop of various unrelated widgets since adding as the need arises is very easy to do.
Widgets are usually placed in websites through coding. While it is not exactly difficult to do, users will of course prefer to take advantage of more convenient options. Many WordPress widget plugins have been readily provided without the necessity of coding and this has allowed users to have more freedom in experimenting with their own site.
The reason why WordPress widget plugins are popular is because of the absence of the need to have specific coding skills. Default conditions are typically provided coupled with a good number of application possibilities. Unlimited customization opportunities are likewise available.
Many website owners are under the impression that a custom-made lay-out is the way to go if uniqueness is to be achieved at all. While true to a certain extent, it is of special note that a unique lay-out and functionality can be obtained using pre-designed templates with the proper use of widgets that are widely available. Website developers can easily manipulate their content visibility in any which way that will best support their purposes to promote their site.
It is no secret that web developers regularly update their sites not only with relevant contents but also with other features that could make the total experience of visiting a site a positive one. Relevant widgets help make this happen. Online users are always on the lookout for sites that does not only give them the information they need but also a better reason for them to appreciate the site and come back wanting for more. Widgets provide an image of activity and concern on the part of a website to enhance a user’s visit. The recent posts feature, for example, has been made to be more informative by the display of title, author, date, comment count, and excerpts depending on the provided control.