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I wrote a couple days ago. Another question here. How does a site create a full length right sidebar showing recent posts including featured images and also containing display ads. An example is a site called viralnova

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There are several plugins on Wordpress.org that will create a recent posts widget in the sidebar with featured images. Here's one of them as an example: http://wordpress.org/plugins/tw-recent-posts-widget/screenshots/. If you don't like this one, you can find others by searching for "recent posts widget" in the Wordpress plugins section.

There's also a social media icon plugin that you can download: http://wordpress.org/plugins/social-media-feather/

If you have a facebook page, and would like the facebook box that's at the bottom of the Viral Nova sidebar, you can get the code for that at: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/like-box-for-pages

Assuming that the theme that you have supports a sidebar already, you would then go to Appearance > Widgets in the admin and start adding widgets in the order that you wish them to appear. You can add advertisements by entering the code into a text widget. Then just add the widgets that the plugins have created.

So if you wanted them in a similar order as Viral Nova, you could configure your widgets in this order:

- Social Media Feather Follow Icons
- Text Widget - Google Adsense Code
- Recent Posts Widget
- Text Widget - Another Google Adsense Code
- Text Widget - Facebook Like Box Code  

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Almost anything about Wordpress. -Getting Started -Finding the right themes & plugins -Search Engine Optimization -Editing CSS, HTML,& PHP -Security & Backups -Finding a good web host Note: I currently only answer questions about single user Wordpress. I don't answer questions about Multi-User.

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I've built several personal and business websites with Wordpress, as well as a few others for colleges. In my opinion, it's one of the most powerful ways to make any website (not just blogs)! I've downloaded and used over 400 plugins, and read about many others. I always download free themes for my websites, then heavily customize the CSS and PHP until it looks unique. Over the years I've become an expert in Wordpress because that is all I've ever used to create my websites.

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Personal experience using Wordpress since 2007.

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