How to mark a blog featured

Mark your choicest blogs as featured on your WordPress blog website. This can be done from the website’s backend as well as using some special features and plugins.

Here, we are discussing the following two ways to mark a blog featured on WordPress:

1: Add as Featured Posts in WordPress Sidebar

2: Add as Featured Posts in WordPress Sidebar using Menus

These methods are simple and do not require installing any plugin on your website since it is a part of your core functionality of WordPress. Let us discuss each in detail.

Method 1: Add as Featured Posts in WordPress Sidebar

  • Login to the backend of your WordPress website
  • Navigate to Appearance » Widgets
  • Add a Text widget to your WordPress sidebar

Note: This widget comes with a visual editor that has buttons with formatting options at the top.

  • Add titles of the posts you want to feature as a bullet list or plain text
  • Select the post title and click on the link button to add link to the blog post
  • Click on Save

Method 2: Add as Featured Posts in WordPress Sidebar using Menus

 This step is more advanced as you can create a Navigation Menu and display it in the sidebar. It also becomes easier to add new posts and reorganize the list.

  • Login to the backend of your WordPress website
  • Navigate to Appearance » Menus 
  • Click on Create a new menu
  • Enter a Name for the Menu
  • Click on Create Menu
  • Next, click on Posts tab to expand it
  • Here, search for the posts you want to feature
  • Select the post and click on Add to Menu

Note: Your posts will now appear in the right column. Click on them to edit the titles. You can also rearrange them by dragging them up or down.

  •  Click on Save Menu when done

Next, you will have to add the “Featured Posts” menu to the sidebar. Follow these steps for the same:

  • Go to Appearance » Widgets 
  • Add the Navigation Menu widget to the sidebar
  • Add a Title for the sidebar menu widget
  • Next, select the featured posts menu you created earlier
  • Click on Save to store your widget settings

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