How to Add Sticky Widget or Floating Sidebar in WordPress

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To grab visitor’s attention, a sticky or floating widget is best because it makes your content float on scrolling. In fact, sticky or floating content tend to have a higher click through rate (CTR) and therefore helps you increase conversion rate, and generate more leads. Basically, primary goal of the sticky widget, which you may have seen on other blogs, is to increase you email list and use for blog subscription. You can also use sticky widget for product promotion or solutions, lead generation, social media or fan list building, ad placement or anything else to grab visitor’s attention and brings value to website readers.

Sidebar though featuring secondary content is a crucial element for any blog or website facilitating blog’s efficiency and conversions. It serve as incredibly valuable space on your blog or website, and when utilized to its full-potential, it can certainly help you in achieving business goals.

In this post, I am sharing two options that I have seen recently for my personal use and I am sure it will also help you to implement floating sidebar widget.

Two options to Add Sticky Sidebar Widget in WordPress

Q2W3 Fixed Widget (Sticky Widget)

This plugin gives you the ability to fix the position of the widget in the sidebar when the page is scrolled down or up. It is a free plugin and requires zero configuration once you have installed this plugin on your WordPress website.

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Once you install and activate this plugin, you will notice a checkbox (Fixed widget) appearing at the bottom of the widget allowing you to make the widget fixed or floating simply by checking this checkbox. This allows content of sticky widget to be always in sight when page is scrolled down or up.

The plugin gives you the ability to fix or stick one or more widgets however there is no limit and you can fix as many widgets located in different sidebar with zero efforts. It’s also suggested to make the last widgets fix to avoid overlapping the content with other widgets on your website sidebar.

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The plugin comes with very minimal but yet useful (optional) configuration screen. You can easily edit the settings from Appearance > Fixed widget options, and make changes.

Sometimes, your website’s footer may have large content featuring posts, links, videos, social notifications and fixed widget can overlap the content. To avoid the problem of overlapping, you can add the height of your footer in Margin Bottom under General Options. This will ensure the important content placed in footer are always visible to the users and not overlapped by sticky widget content. The plugin works perfectly on responsive WordPress themes and there’s even a way to disable it on mobile devices, which is very handy option. When sticky widget are disabled for mobile device, the widget will still appear as normal but will not fix or stick on screen while scrolling the page.

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Theia Sticky Sidebar for WordPress

Theia Sticky Sidebar is a premium plugin that makes your WordPress sidebar sticky and always visible, regardless of their position and how far the user scrolls down. It comes with smooth and fluid behavior that works flawlessly even with sidebars which are taller than the screen.

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The plugin is compatible with almost any WordPress theme, and works out-of-the-box for most of them. It’s easily customizable and comes with useful features and options. It also comes with very clean and easy admin interface where you can effortlessly tweak the setting to perfectly fit your WordPress theme.

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The plugin gives you the flexibility to fix or stick one or more sidebars on a same or different pages simply by using the ‘Add another sidebar’ option in the admin panel of the plugin. To customize or support multiple sidebars, go to the Settings > Theia Sticky Sidebar page.

Overall, it’s a great plugin and comes with premium support to answer all your queries on-time.

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That’s it.

I hope you liked this article about sticky sidebar and will help you add the floating widget on your WordPress sidebar.

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