Sidebar plays a vital rule in the management of a website and also helps in information architecture. WordPress come with a default sidebar and widgets used in sidebars which make WordPress the best CMS on the internet today. There are also many free and premium widgets available for the WordPress sidebar. In this post i have mentioned 12 of the most popular WordPress widgets for your WordPress sidebar. Enjoy!

Testimonials Widget

Testimonials Widget plugin allows you to display random or rotating portfolio, quotes, reviews, showcases, or text with images on your WordPress blog. You can insert Testimonials Widget content via shortcode, theme functions, or widgets with category and tag selections and having multiple display options such as random or specific ordering.

WP Filebase Download Manager

WP Filebase is an advanced file manager for WordPress. It keeps files structured in categories, offers a template system to create sortable, paginated file lists and can sideload files from another web site. The Plugin is made for easy management of many files and consistent output using templates.

The Events Calendar

Create and manage events quickly and easily with The Events Calendar plugin. Show off your events on your website in a calendar or an event list. This advanced templating system makes it simple for you to integrate the calendar seamlessly with your website. Other features include Google Maps integration and an upcoming events widget.

Skype Online Status

This WordPress plugin allows you to add one or multiple, highly customizable and accessible Skype buttons to your site. You can pick any of the available Skype button themes that will show your online status and place them in your in your sidebar via widgets (unlimited number) or anywhere in your theme template files.

Related Posts

Quickly increase your reader’s engagement with your posts by adding Related Posts in the footer of your content. The plugin also delivers statistics about Pageviews and Clicks. It supports different styles, thumbnails and is fully customizable.

Add Link to Facebook

Automatically add links to posts or pages that are being published to your Facebook wall, pages or groups. Simple one time setup and forget. The way links appear on Facebook can be customized.

Simple Image Widget

Simple Image Widget provides the absolute easiest method to quicky add an image to a sidebar or any other widget area. Despite its simplicty, it can be extended by developers via the various built in hooks to create additional image based widgets.

Quick Adsense

Quick Adsense is an Ads management WordPress plugin. It offers a quicker & flexible way to insert Adsense or any Ads code into a blog post. Besides, it can randomly place the Ads anywhere within a post. It comes with a simple setting page, and it does not overwhelm you with complicated customizable options.

Xhanch My Twitter

Xhanch My Twitter is the best WordPress plugin to show/hide or include/exclude your latest tweets, replies from other members to you, replies from you to other members, retweets, and direct messages from your Twitter account(s). You can customize it with our predefined flexible settings/options easily and it can be displayed via sidebar, post or page with advanced tweets filtering system.

1 Click Retweet / Share / Like

Adds Facebook Like, Facebook Share, Twitter, Google +1, LinkedIn Share, Facebook Recommendations. Automatic publishing of content to 30+ Social Networks.

Dynamic Widgets

Dynamic Widgets gives you full control on which pages your widgets will appear. It lets you dynamically show or hide widgets on WordPress pages by setting conditional logic rules with just a few mouse clicks. No knowledge of PHP required.