Accordions are a fantastic way to declutter your WordPress website and neatly organize content. This easy tutorial will guide you through how to add an accordion block to a sidebar of your WordPress site using the powerful (and free!) Kadence Blocks plugin. Let's learn how to make your sidebar content more engaging and user-friendly.

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How to add an accordion block to a sidebar in WordPress

Why Choose Accordions for Your WordPress Sidebar?

Accordions, also known as collapsible content blocks, are a sleek solution when you want to provide a lot of content within a limited space. They're perfect for creating an FAQ section, product menus, or any content that you want to display in a tidy, expandable format.

Step 1: Install the Kadence Blocks Plugin

To begin, you'll need the Kadence Block plugin. Here's how to install it:

  • Login to Your WordPress Dashboard: Access your WordPress admin panel.
  • Navigate to Plugins: In the sidebar, click “Plugins” and then “Add New.”
  • Search for “Kadence Blocks“: Use the search bar to find the Kadence Blocks plugin.
  • Install and Activate: Click “Install Now” next to the plugin, and once it's installed, click “Activate.”

​Please note! You do not have to use the Kadence theme in order to use the Kadence Blocks plugin. You can use it with any WordPress block theme.

widget area in WordPress
Most sidebar widgets contain Recent Posts and Categories

Add an Accordion Block to a Sidebar Widget

Now, let's embed your Kadence Accordion Block within a sidebar widget:

With the Kadence Blocks plugin activated, you can now create your accordion block:

You can add blocks to a widget
You can add blocks to a widget just like on a post.

Access Widgets: In your WordPress dashboard, go to “Appearance” > “Widgets.”

Choose a Sidebar Widget Area: On the Widgets page, select the sidebar widget area where you want to place the accordion.

Add the Kadence Accordion block: Find the Accordion block in the same way that you add a block in a post using the WordPress block editor.

Add a post block to your accordion.
I added a Posts block and chose one of my categories to display in the accordion

Configure Your Accordion: Customize your accordion by adding titles and content to each accordion item. You can create as many items as you need.

Choose your sidebar layout under appearance - customizer
Under Appearance > Customize> Posts/Pages Layout, you can choose where you want the sidebar to appear. I have the sidebar on my Archive page as well as my Single Post page. Choose left or right sidebar, and choose the sidebar that you want to show. I'm using Sidebar 2.

Add an Accordion Block to a Post or Page

  1. Edit or Create a Page/Post: Open the page or post where you want to add the accordion block. You can also create a new page by going to “Pages” > “Add New.”
  2. Add a New Block: In the Gutenberg editor, click the “+” button to add a new block.
  3. Search for “Accordion”: In the block search bar, type “Accordion” to locate the Kadence Accordion Block.
  4. Configure Your Accordion: Customize your accordion by adding titles and content to each accordion item. You can create as many items as needed.
  5. Uses for the Accordion: Accordions on a page are great for FAQ sections.

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Preview and Publish

To see your accordion block in action within the sidebar widget, preview your website. If you're satisfied with how it looks and functions, hit “Publish” or “Update” to make your changes live.

By adding an accordion block to a sidebar widget or a post, you've unlocked a great way to present collapsible content on your WordPress site. Accordions are excellent for tidying up your posts and your sidebar while keeping important information accessible to your visitors. You can use accordions for menus, categories, blog post lists, or anything else that you want your site visitors to be able to find easily.

Kadence Accordion Block for Gutenberg simplifies the process, enabling you to create and customize accordions with ease. Now, go ahead and enhance your WordPress sidebar with interactive and organized content using accordions! Your website users will thank you for it.

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