Widgets are simple content blocks which allow you to customize your sidebar easily. Our themes often use widgets, not just for sidebars but also for the front page template and footer areas.
You can also check out the WordPress Widgets tutorial on WordPress.org for a more detailed explanation about WordPress widgets.
You can add and configure your widgets on your WordPress admin panel → Appearance → Widgets.
Adding widgets is easy. Simple drag the widget from the Available Widgets area on the left into the Sidebar area on the right in order to add a widget. You can also change the order of the widgets in the sidebar with drag & drop.
You can add and order widgets of other widgetized areas of the theme in the same way (like front page and footer widgets).
You can configure widgets by clicking on the triangle on the right side. It will open the widget configuration options, which is different for each widget. For example the ‘Recent Posts’ widget has other options than a ‘Text’ widget.
Adding Widgets video tutorial
In case you have a ThemeZee.com account, you can also watch our Adding Widgets video tutorial.