In this tutorial we will explore the different sections within the sidebar and how they can improve the effectiveness of your website.
First of all, we will need to navigate to the website you wish to edit. You can start by logging into easysites.uk by inputting your user details. If you have misplaced or forgotten you details, you can follow this tutorial to reset them, or get in touch and we will be more than happy to help.
You can find the Sidebar Section menu by selecting the Content icon (4 squares) on the sidebar on the left:
Within the Sidebar Features menu, you can find a multitude of blocks to add to your sidebar. Depending on your website template, there may be restriction the maximum number of blocks you can use at once; if you aren’t sure which template your website is using, please get in touch.
You can toggle the visibility of the section by clicking “Enable” or “Disable”. You can also drag the individual sections to re-order them.
Here is a quick explanation of what each one does:
Address Bar: This will display your address and phone numbers on your sidebar. This will use the address details you have added to easysites via Website Management.
Sidebar Form: This will add a contact form to your sidebar; very convenient as a call to action.
Sidebar HTML: You can use this block to add custom HTML such as a social media newsfeed. Please take care in using this block if you have no knowledge in HTML. If you have any issues, please contact us.
Sidebar Text: This section allows you to add lines of custom text to your sidebar.
Sidebar Links: If you have any external links such as other websites you wish to display, you can use this section to add them to the sidebar so they’re always accessible.
Sidebar Image: This section is useful for displaying a custom image in your sidebar, such as company logo, or company accreditations.
Sidebar Social: Within this section you can add links to your social media platforms; the icon for each will be automatically displayed.
HTML Unique: This section also allows you to add custom HTML to your sidebar, however, it will only be visible on this page.
E-commerce Search: If you have an e-commerce website, you can add a search bar on the sidebar for ease of access.
Within each section, there are different settings you can also use to specify the information displayed. You can see these setting by clicking on the small blue cog icon on the top right of each section.
For example, this is the settings for the Address Bar section:
The sidebar is an effective tool to help add some consistency to your website and display essential inforamtion. If you have any questions on how to optimise it, simply raise a ticket or get in touch to speak with our friendly designers.