Enable the “Fixed widget” option in the widget settings and it will be always in sight when a page is scrolled down or up. A sidebar is an essential part of a blog. But most of the time it remains unnoticed. See now how to make sticky WordPress widgets.
People come to your blog to read the content. They open the post, scroll, and read the content. By the time they are at the bottom of the post, they no longer can see the sidebar. It’s out of their screen.
And your sidebar doesn’t get noticed. It happened to me. But I was able to fix it by using the “Sticky Widget” plugin.
Sticky WordPress Widgets
The idea is to make any sidebar widget sticky that floats next to the content as the user scrolls down. It’s not possible to make every widget sticky. What you can do is make the most important widget sticky. For example, if you want more subscribers then make your ‘Subscription Form’ sticky.
That is easily achievable if you utilize the proper tools, of course. One of them is WP Sticky which allows you to pick literally any element from your screen and make it sticky in the shortest manner possible. Once you enter their dashboard, you simply → name your sticky element → to choose the element on the screen that you want to make sticky → save changes – viola, the selected component is now sticky. The possibilities are next to endless since you can create a sticky menu, sticky header, widget, navigation, video, about us page, or any other element that you prefer.
There are quite a few customizations available as well. For example, if you’d like to change the opacity of the sticky element, you simply drag it across the 0-100 value where it fits you best. You can poke around the scroll range as well to dictate where exactly will the sticky feature disappear. Furthermore, restrictions are also available, and that can be easily arranged with one simple click of a button if you want to avoid the sticky element on different:
- Post types
Another neat feature that you might find especially useful is in the “Devices” tab, where you’ll be able to control the screen size where a sticky element will appear. The effortless easy usage and various customizations are what makes this plugin so superior in its field.
Q2W3 Fixed Widget
Q2W3 Fixed Widget is the WordPress plugin that allows you to add a floating sidebar widget in WordPress. In this post, I will show you how to make any sidebar widget “Sticky” in WordPress. Before moving to the tutorial, I’d like to give some ideas on how you can use the plugin.
- It makes the “Affiliate Banner” sticky to increase affiliate sales.
- You can make ‘Adsense Ads’ sticky to increase CTR.
- It can make ‘Subscription Form’ sticky to get more subscribers.
- You can make “Like Box” sticky to get more likes.
- In addition, make the “Popular Posts” widget sticky to decrease the bounce rate.
- You can make anything sticky that benefits you.
Sticky Widget will double your conversion rates. Let’s see how to set up the sticky widget.
How to Make Sidebar Widget “Sticky” in WordPress
At first, you need to install the Q2W3 Fixed Widget plugin.
Once you’ve activated the plugin, go to WordPress Admin Panel > Appearance > Widgets. Then click on the widget that you want to make sticky. You will notice the “Fixed widget” option there. Just check the box and click on “Save.”
Now go to your site and scroll down. The sticky widget will be scrolling with you.
Sticky Widget Plugin also allows you to configure the position of the fixed widget. Go to Appearance > Fixed Widget Options and set the margin-top and margin-bottom.
- Margin Top: This property defines the vertical distance from the top border edge of an element to the edge of its containing block. You have to optimize the margin-bottom properly to prevent widgets from overlapping with the footer.
- Margin Bottom: This property defines the vertical distance from the bottom border edge of the element concerned to the edge of its containing block.
You can go with default settings for other options.
You can make multiple widgets sticky by using the plugin. But make sure your sidebar is not annoying. I prefer making one widget sticky.
Tip: Another WordPress plugin I am using with Sticky Widget is Thrive Clever Widget. It allows me to add relevant widgets to the relevant posts/pages. It’s better to show highly relevant widget content on sidebar rather than showing the same widget on every blog post. It converts like crazy.
A Q2W3 Fixed Widget Alternative
A lot of people complain that Q2W3 Fixed Widget is not working on their WordPress site. If you are one of them, here is an alternative for you.
Theia Sticky Sidebar for WordPress is another plugin that allows you to make the existing sidebar sticky and keep it permanently visible. It’s compatible with all WordPress themes. It’s a premium plugin that will cost $18 for you. I’ve not used the plugin on my blog. But I think it will work for you. This plugin is rated 4.26 out of 5 stars.
I hope this post helped you add a floating sidebar widget to your WordPress blog. Do let us know if you find any issues while using the plugin. If you find this post helpful, please help me by sharing this post on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.