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How To Edit Text Widgets Without Knowing HTML

Often internet marketers want to include various relevant information, including advertising banners into their widgets. Typically, text widgets are used. Unfortunately, the text widgets are not editable unless one is quite well versed in HTML. Today I will show you how to edit text widgets without knowing HTML and even how to upload images straight into the text widgets.

Sidebars usually take a lot of space on our websites. They are viewed by everyone who visit our blogs and for that reason our sidebars should be well put together, informative and even interactive. Because, normally, text cannot be easily edited within the widgets, it takes a bit of maneuvering to set the text widgets just right. Generally, it is done in the post area and then the content is copied over into the widget.

Recently I came across a free plugin that will eliminate the extra steps and will allow you to do all the editing within the text widget itself. It will also allow you to upload videos or images into the widget straight from the editor and simply be creative as much as you want to be . The plugin is called Black Studio Tiny MCE. In the short video below I’ll show you how it is done.

How To Edit Text Widgets  Without HTML Knowledge – Video



Pretty neat isn’t? In my previous videos I showed you how to use a free Flexibility 3 theme to make your blog look beautiful. Any element, even a simple one, that you can add to your website to make it even more appealing is worth it as your visitors will appreciate it. Knowing how to edit text widgets easily, without resorting to HTML can make the visuals of your website easier to handle. This will allow you to spend more time on doing more important things with respect to your blogging.

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11 Responses to How To Edit Text Widgets Without Knowing HTML

  1. Michael Slater February 11, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    Another useful post Dita. Although I am quite conversant with using html in text widgets this plugin looks quite handy even for me! It will be especially useful for my clients who want to be able to easily edit the content in text widgets on WordPress sites that I create for them.

    • Dita Irvine February 11, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

      Hi Michael,

      Thanks for stopping by. I know what you mean about the HTML. I know quite a bit about it but I prefer to use the editor. Then, if I need to make small adjustments I will go into HTML and make the changes.

      Have a great day,


  2. Panicos Varnava February 13, 2013 at 7:23 am #

    Hi Dita,

    Another useful post, thanks for sharing!


  3. Rob Hegner February 14, 2013 at 7:22 am #

    Hello Dita!

    That looks good and you are right about it being a time saver. But if your WordPress site is starting to slow down because of Plugin “Bloat” , which I have been guilty of before, I generally just keep one draft page and call it my sandbox. Then I write my content in the editor and then when I’m done, switch to HTML mode, then copy and paste into the widget, after which I tweak it manually. You just have to keep in mind the size of your sidebar and adjust accordingly.

    It’s always useful to know some HTML anyway. My favorite site that I use constantly for reference is: http://www.w3schools.com. It’s an excellent site with “try it yourself” editors so you can see your end result right in your browser!

    It is certainly a site to “Bookmark”!

    One question. Rather than digging around your source code, what are you using for the social widget in your sidebar? Looks nice and clean!


    • Dita Irvine February 15, 2013 at 12:56 am #

      Hi Rob,

      Absolutely true. That is the problem with the plugins. I try to keep the number of plugins down. as much as I can.

      As far as w3schools is concerned, that one has been a favorite of mine for a long time. I have learned all I know about HTML there. It is a wonderful resource. Thanks for including it here.
      I am sure many of my readers will appreciate it.

      Take care,


  4. Barry McKillip February 14, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    Hi Dita,

    This was some really great information.I am always happy to learn something to help me with my site.Thanks for sharing this.


  5. Andy Benson February 25, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    Hey Dita,

    Great to see your blog finally! Sorry it’s taken such a long time to visit.

    You really have some great tips on here for beginners! It’s all to easy to assume people know how to set up the foundations when in reality many give up before even completing this part.

    Keep shaing the knowledge and giving value and you will do amazing things I’m sure!

    Keep in touch and look forward to hearing about your progress.

    Best Regards,

    Andy Benson

  6. Lee March 12, 2013 at 5:40 am #

    Hi dita
    Messing about with. HTML and widgets and all that technical stuff always scares me I am always afraid I will make a mess of it and mess up my site. Going to open a new page and have a play around so if it goes wrong I can just delete page.

    Thanks for the info lee

  7. Panos K June 29, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    Dita this post was very useful ..thanks ..ive already signed up in your email list.

    I was wandering if you could write a post about WP sites that have html static pages or static html site that have wp blogs installed in subdirectory (how to ..and sitemap solutions)
    There is not such info in the net (it would be unique)

    Thanks again

  8. Fastbook June 29, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    (This is a copy comment from the first one ”sorry for this” ..because i gave wrong website url in the first one)

    Dita this post was very useful ..thanks ..ive already signed up in your email list.

    I was wandering if you could write a post about WP sites that have html static pages or static html site that have wp blogs installed in subdirectory (how to ..and sitemap solutions)
    There is not such info in the net (it would be unique)

    Thanks again

    • Dita Irvine July 4, 2013 at 1:30 pm #


      I believe the solution is very simple if it is a wp blog on a subdomain. The subdomain is basically a “unique” site just as a regular WP site. Essentially you would add the sitemap plugin to the blog in the dash board.

      With respect to creating a sitemap for your static site (unlike a wp site) it is a bit more complex and you would need to ask a web developer to do this. I do not develop static websites so this is beyond the scope of my knowledge.



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