Ever wondered how to add a sidebar on your Wix Website showing your trending, featured or recent posts like the ones you see on the popular blogging or news Website?
Look no further as I am going to share an easy tutorial on how to create it yourself on your Wix Website like the one of this website.
Let us first of all understand the importance of sidebar particularly on a blogging website and how it boosts your website earnings.
What is a Sidebar in a Website?
You must have seen the popular blogging ( tech, fashion, creative etc) and news websites displaying the related posts or the trending posts in the right sidebar of their websites which shows you the relevant content and you cannot resist yourself to not check the other blogs on their websites.
The sidebar usually contains the posts with headings such as Popular posts, Related Posts, Recent Posts, Featured Posts, sponsored content, Marketing Ads, Subscribe forms among various other stuff which you can put into it.
Importance of Sidebar on Your Website
You might have succeeded in listing your website page on the top pages of Google search results by improving your website's SEO settings, however it will not convert into high earnings if your website visitors just visit one page to get the information and leave your website to never come back.
Having a sidebar containing your website's related content for the users landing on a particular page keeps him engaged by displaying to him other relevant content as he will most likely spend more time on your website than leaving after just reading a single page.
This will help reduce your website's bounce rate significantly, which in turn will improve the conversion rates for the various ads placed on your blogs.
In addition, you will not only get the returning users on your website but can also get more users to subscribe to your blogs and become the recipient of your mail newsletters.
Every popular website use the sidebar design to keep the visitors stick to their website.
Wix Blog Posts default page design
The default layout on the Wix Blog post page comes with the recent posts feed at the bottom of the posts, which might be of some importance to your blog readers.
However, think of how many times you have visited a website blog to read a story or find a solution to your problem and have left the page without reading the full blog since you might have got the solution in mid way or you would have found the blog content not appealing to you. Now, think of a blog that features some of their other best posts on the right hand side of the page which diverts your attention and instead of leaving the website, you just click on the other interesting post to have a look.
So, as I emphasised earlier the sidebar keeps your users engaged and stick to your website.
How to Add a Sidebar in a Wix Website?
Wix website does not have any widget or app on the market place to show the content on the right hand side of your website page unlike the other web design platforms (Wordpress or Blogger), however you can use the Wix Blog Custom feeds to serve the purpose.
New Wix Blog custom feeds come with attractive layouts with different sizes of posts thumbnails and designs
The custom feeds are fully customizable which let you choose between different layouts (minimal, postcard, magazine, side by side) , various designs and you can also customize the border opacity and width of your posts feed.
Check the sidebar on this page which I created using the Wix Blog custom feed minimal layout and by limiting the number of posts according to the posts category. You can either display all of your posts or choose a category of the posts to display to your users.
Follow the below Wix tutorial to create a sidebar for your website using the new Wix Blog feed released in 2020.