After a user finishes reading your article, it is only natural that his or her attention stays on the bottom of your content. Since casual users will lose focus after the last word in your post, it’s a good practice to leave some extra content after your articles which may engage users.
Before you lead your visitor to the comments area which is naturally inhabited over there, you can show them your related articles, leave them subscription forms or any kind of extra content which you want to display.
Instead of hard coding the content into your theme, writing the text over and over again or executing shortcodes, you can have everything sorted out automatically with a plugin which will let you place a widget of your preference on the bottom of the content area.
Add Widget After Content
The plugin which is ready to take the job is Add Widget After Content. This great plugin can be freely downloaded from the WordPress plugin repository and it can be set up in minutes.
- Navigate to Plugins->Add New
- Search for “Add Widget After Content” plugin
- Install and activate it
- Go to Appearance->Widgets
- Find “After Content” sidebar
- Add any available widget to After Content sidebar to display it
- Go to Appearance->Widget After Content where you can define some rules for the plugin
By default, the plugin will display selected widgets on every post, page and custom post types. You can change that through settings:
Here you can select post types and formats which you want to exclude from the plugin. Those types and formats that you decide to check will not display after-content widgets.
Also, you can control the visibility of those widgets for each and every post, page and custom post type directly from the page. Once you create or edit a new post, for example, you can navigate to the meta-boxes and find Widget After Content box which will allow you to remove the widget for that post only.
Since the plugin works great for practically all frameworks and themes, there are no default styles. If you need to style the widgets you want to use after content, it is good to know that the plugin creates two CSS classes which you can use to customize the looks of your widgets. Play around with “.awac” and “.awac-wrapper” in order to control the looks of your widgets.
If you only need to add some extra text or HTML after the content, you should check out how to do that without a plugin. Want to prepopulate your editor with some text? You can do that easily without the need for a plugin.