How to Edit the Footer Widgets on a WordPress Website

One of the common requirements when editing your WordPress website is to edit the footer. For virtually all WordPress Themes use Footer Widgets to display key information to your website visitors. For example, here is our footer which currently contains key information that is useful.

 

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To edit the Footer Widgets on your WordPress website simply login to the Administrator area and navigate to the settings page for, Appearance > Widgets. Once you are on this settings page you will notice a handful of Available Widgets on the left hand side along with the Current Widgets on the right hand side. Specifically for the footer, the widgets are titled Footer Area #1, #2, #3, #4. The Available Widgets will vary based on the specific configuration of your WordPress website and the various plugins that are in use.

 

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Keeping things simple, let’s say we wanted to edit the Contact Us footer widget that we currently have in use. For us this is in our Footer Area #4 section as can be seen in the image above. From here, simply click on the section you want to edit and you’ll notice all of the available information appear which you can simply edit and save the updated content as you need.

 

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As mentioned earlier, depending on what you have configured in your Footer Widgets, the settings you see in the screenshot above may be different depending on what content you have visible. For example, the newsletter section you can see in our footer, the settings for this are being driven by a Plugin which is designed to collect customer details and send this information to MailChimp. Hence when the Footer Widget settings are viewed for this part, they look as follows;

 

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There are a variety of Footer Widgets available which can be extended to anything you could possibly need. Whether that is through some custom tweaks or through the many Plugins that are available. Have a test with the various Available Widgets that are on your WordPress website to see how you can tweak the footer to suit your needs.

How to Stop WordPress Removing Words From the Page and Post URLs When Publishing Content

What you may notice happening is that when you publish a blog post such as https://www.creopressto.com/blog/show-full-length-blog-post-not-excerpt-divi-theme-wordpress/, the actual title of the blog post is ‘How to Show Full Length Blog Post Not Excerpt with Divi Theme on WordPress’ which you’ll notice that there are words missing from the URL which may make some of the content difficult for people to understand what the page is about when you are sharing this online. As such, you may want to include all of the words in the URL rather than just a few of them.

The reason why this is happening is likely due to a plugin being installed such as Yoast SEO which has options automatically configured which will remove what are called ‘Stop Words’. Some people like to use this, others don’t. So if you want to turn this feature off so that the Page or Post URL is generated automatically based on the full title of the content you are publishing, then this is possible within the settings.

To turn this off, navigate to the Yoast SEO settings at, SEO > Advanced > Permalinks then set ‘Stop Words in Slug’ to ‘Keep’ so that they remain. Or set to ‘Remove’ if you do not want them to be there. Simple.

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How to Show Full Length Blog Post Not Excerpt with Divi Theme on WordPress

By default WordPress manages this information under the Settings > Reading Settings page in the administration area. If you have the options set below, the following actions will happen;

  • For each article in a feed, show…. Full text: This will show the full blog post when someone views your main Blog page
  • For each article in a feed, show…. Summary: This will show the summary blog post when someone views your main Blog page, this is called the Excerpt in WordPress language

 

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With Divi though, they like to do things their own way. They actually ignore these settings and use their own settings which can be found within the Divi > Theme Options > General tab. Within here you will see an option for enabling or disabling the “Blog Style Mode” which is the same thing as above. When the “Blog Style Mode” is set to as follows, this happens;

  • Blog Style Mode Enabled: Is the same as showing as ‘Full Text’ so the whole blog post will display on the main Blog page
  • Blog Style Mode Disabled: Is the same as showing as ‘Summary’ so only a snippet, the Excerpt, will display on the main Blog page

 

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Make sure you have these options set to how you prefer. It is recommended to keep these two settings in Sync so that you don’t get confused when changing things in the future.