What is the Difference Between a Widget and a Plugin?

As I have been playing with my new website kathieysworld.com I have found myself wondering what is the difference between a widget and a plugin?

I know there are many plugins and widgets to choose from on your WordPress site. I also know there is a huge learning curve. We should probably start with the basics, the definition of each.

Here are the definitions according to sparklogix.com

Plugins are extensions that must be installed on the server and activated in order to be used on the website. The purpose of plugins varies greatly depending on what it is for, but it will add extra functionality to your website that WordPress does not do out of the box.

Widgets. Widgets are drag-and-drop content areas that can be added to a WordPress site. WordPress has quite a few default Widgets that come with the initial installation, but for added functionality plugins can be installed to add more widgets to the dashboard. Depending on the theme you are using, you can use widgets in specific widget-ready areas of your site, typically in the sidebar or footer, though some themes will add these widget-ready areas to the header and allow you to embed them on pages or posts as well.

I found the definitions above to be very helpful. If you want to learn more check out their link above.

Hope this helps.

Happy Blogging and Writing Everyone!


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