I decided to use Widgets in my sidebar on the advice of another designer who thought the site would take too long to load if I used the images I'm using for titles and branding. I'm dissatisfied with the outcome because the Image and Text widgets create too much white space in between sections, and I'm limited in what I can control.
I have two related questions. Does anyone know of an Image or Text Widget that will allow me to minimize the white space between sections? My images are very tightly cropped, so there's no reason for the white space other than the widgets creating it.
The second question is: if I decide not to use widgets at all, and just program the sidebar.php file to refer to image files in the media library and enter in the appropriate text -- is it detrimental to the site's functionality? I see a lot of very customized wordpress sidebars online, and I can't imagine they are using widgets. But maybe they are using a technique that is over my head? This is a twenty twelve child theme.
Guidance appreciated. The site is at internalcompass.us/castle right now.