Lesson 11 of 20
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Using Plug-Ins and Widgets

Your theme accounts for much of your blog design, but you can also add an almost endless number of options to your web page to customize it. For example, you can add buttons that make it easy for readers to “Like” your posts, send these “likes” to Facebook, re-Tweet your blog on their Twitter feeds, add a +1 button on Google+, and all kinds of other things.

You can scroll through these options by clicking on the “Tools” button in the left column of your dashboard. You can add and remove these add-ons and widgets as often as you like. Most of them are free to use. 

Widgets are free tools that can be dragged and dropped on to your blog page and include such things as customized archive menus, calendars, grids of author avatar images, calendars and a wide variety of other free tools. Scroll through the free widgets by holding your cursor over the “Appearance” button and then clicking on the “Widgets” button on the drop down menu. 

While many of these tools can make your blog unique and encourage your readers to interact with your blog, too many can be distracting. So be careful not to overfill your blog page with a bunch of clutter that is going to distract from your content. A good idea is to look at other people’s blogs and pay attention to the widgets they use, then add only those you like and think are cool to your blog page.