Add a Sub Footer Widget to Your Site with this WordPress Plugin

Add a Sub Footer Widget to Your Site with this WordPress Plugin

When widgetized footers took off a few years ago, many theme designers began incorporating them in some very creative ways. Suddenly your footer became a much more important part of your site.

That was a good thing.

But the downside to this was that it caused “the footer” to disappear. By that I mean what we used to think of as footers – the very bottom of the page where often necessary but not immediately vital information was placed: copyright information, disclaimers, links to privacy policies, etc.

With new widgetized footers, this “necessary but not immediately vital information” now often gets placed on the same level as information that IS more vital, such as category links, sales messages, and recent posts.

Add a Sub Footer

The solution to this problem is to bring back the old-styled “footer,” and yet keep the new more useful footer at the same time. The way to do this is to add a footer below the footer – a kind of “sub-footer.”

This can be done with a plugin called BNS Add Widget. Although it bills itself as a “footer widget,” in truth it’s a “sub-footer widget.” It will automatically place a widget area at the very bottom of your site, even below your theme’s original footer.

The Plugin in Action

After activating your plugin, you will see a new widget area titled BNS Add Widget automatically appear on your widget page. (Appearance > Widgets)

You can then drop whatever widgets you like into it.

Styling the Widget Area

The one piece of “work” to this plugin is that you will most likely want to do is a little styling for it in your CSS file. If not, depending on what you put in the widget, your content may run well past the margins of the content area of your site.

For example, look at this text (placed in a text widget) before styling.

With a little bit of simple styling, however, you can fix that problem. Simply go to your stylesheet (Appearance > Editor > Stylesheet – style.css), and then add CSS styling.

There is a little more information about other options on the plugin page, but most likely, you won’t need much more than the following:

Add .bns-add-widget to your CSS file and then style it as you like.

For example, in order to get my widget to be centered and to make the content area 600 pixels wide, I put the following into my stylesheet.

 margin-left: auto;
 margin-right: auto;
 width: 600px;

And here’s the result.

Bringing the Traditional Footer Back

As mentioned, this is an especially convenient plugin for sites that want to put “out of the way” content truly out of the way. It lets you keep your theme’s widgetized footer areas free from all that stuff that really should be there but feels like clutter when it is.

You can download the BNS Add Widget plugin here.

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