WordPress.com continues to improve the free blogging platform as they have recently rolled out new widget features. These widgets are sidebar or rail elements which allow for additional customization to your blog. I first noticed the widget features while blogging on Ballpark Frank a few days ago. I stumbled upon the latest WordPress.com update which explains some the new widgets. Some of the widgets allow you to include:
- RSS or Atom feeds
- recent blog posts
- recent comments
- del.icio.us bookmarks
Lorelle on WordPress has created an easy to follow tutorial post if you are interested in using the new sidebar widgets on a WordPress.com blog.
I think this a great move by WordPress.com as they continue to improve the free blog platform and allow for additional customization strengthen its offerings. It is improves such as sidebar widgets which will continue to close the gap between WordPress and pay blog platforms like Six Apart's Typepad.