The Calendar WidgetWidget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user. is a simple, easy-to-use widget that displays links to your posts by date.

It does not let you create a calendar of events or anything similar. Check the WordPress plugin repository if you’re looking for that type of functionality.

Here’s what the Calendar Widget looks like when activated on a blog sidebarSidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme.:


Once you add the widget to your sidebar from Appearance -> Widgets, you’ll see that the widget settings look like this:

Title: Set the title to be displayed above the calendar in your sidebar. (i.e. Calendar, Posts This Month)