In this tutorial I will show you how to add a widget to a theme template file.
Most WordPress themes have widget-ready sidebars, but you may want to display a widget somewhere else in your theme. For example a home page with three columns of widgets. If your theme does not have widget areas already set up or you need more then you need to create a new one in your theme files.
Yesterday I wrote a tutorial on Installing XAMPP Lite on USB Flash Drive. Today I’m going to teach you how to install the popular blogging and CMS platform WordPress. This is possible because XAMPP Lite already includes MySql and PHP. If you already installed XAMPP Lite, just follow the procedures below and it should be up and running in no time!
To really be able to develop for WordPress or another CMS it’s best to have a local web server. This will save you time in FTPing and editing remote files on your final server. I used to use WAMP server, although very good, it had some limitations. I found I was switching between my desktop and laptop, making things unnecessarily complicated. Than I discovered XAMPP Lite, which I installed on a USB stick, and it works great. Another simple option is Instant WordPress, I haven`t played around to much, but I think you are much more limited.