Creating Sidebar Gadget Titles

This has been a much requested tutorial, but it’s so easy that I’m a little afraid you’re going to be disappointed– like I’m taking the magic out of Christmas or something.
But you asked, and so I acquiesce :)
Like just about everything else, creating sidebar gadget titles are just knowing how to create an image, copying that image URL, and pasting it into the right bit of code.
1. Create an image (I use Picmonkey) from a white starter image.
  • Make sure the white starter image is sized correctly before adding words or graphics. The width should be about 5px less than the width of your side bar (ie: my sidebar is 300px, so the width of my image is 295px). I usually start out with the height at about 100px to give a little wiggle room, and then crop down to about 65-75px at the end.
2. Get the image URL.
  • You can either get the URL by right clicking on your image in an online album or in a blog post– select “copy image location.”

3. Paste the Image URL into this code:

  • <center><a><img src=”IMAGE URL” /></a></center>

4. Copy and Paste the code from Step 3 into an HTML gadget on your Page Elements (or layout) page.

  • You can sometimes put the code for the gadget title into the same HTML gadget box on the layout page. For example: if your social media icons are in your sidebar (mine are not, so don’t look to my blog as an example)– you can put the title for your icons (like: “Connect With Me”) in the same HTML gadget box as the code for your icons.
  • Sometimes you have to put the code for the gadget title into a separate HTML box. For example, a gadget like a Search Bar (like in my side bar) does not allow you to add any additional coding.

5. Move the HTML box wherever you want the gadget title to appear in your side bar. Be sure to CLICK ON SAVE up top.

  • If the code for the gadget title can’t be in the same HTML box as the gadget itself, just move the HTML box to be right above the gadget box.

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Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.