A widget is a box of content (for example, an image slideshow) that can be displayed in selected regions, such as the footer or a side bar of a page.
To add a widget, navigate to the "Build" section of your Control Panel and click "Layout".
Once you get onto the page Layout, you will see a row of pre-configured widgets in the widget slider.
These widgets are ready to be clicked and dragged into any region of the page layout.
Once you've dragged them to a spot in the page layout, you can edit them by clicking on the blue gear that appears next to them. You will be able to give the widgets a unique title and description. *A description is a required field which will not appear in the widget. A title however, is not mandatory but if named will be displayed at the top of your widget.
Once you've placed your widget in the desired location, hit save at the bottom of the page.
*You have the option to choose which pages you want to add widgets to by selecting a site section.
You can add new widgets not already pre-configured in the widget slider by clicking on "Add New Widget". This will generate a drop down menu which features all available widgets.
Once you click on any of these you will be prompted to edit them by adding a title, description, and other configuration settings depending on the widget type.
Once you save the form, your widget will appear as the first in the widget slider. The widget can now be dragged dropped into any region of the page layout. Remember to save.
The AddThis widget provides a menu that displays a variety of social media icons with the purpose of allowing a user to share the current page they are on among other users on their social network and via email. Clicking an icon will allow a user to share the page on the selected social network. Icons are included for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and email.
You can choose the style and size that best fit your page. One version displays the number of shares, which is useful if your website’s content receives a high volume of shares, demonstrating engagement with your content.
Should be used: When you want your viewers to share your page content on their social networks. News, event, and blog, and other sections that are frequently updated with new content are all likely sources of sharable content.
Should not be used: When you are intending to connect your users to your own social network accounts -- use the “Follow Me” widget for this purpose. Also avoid placing the AddThis widget on pages where it is unlikely that content would be shared. This may include places such as the homepage, or pages with information that should not be shared to a wider audience.
The Bio Widget, also known as the "Bio Teaser Widget" displays a configurable embedded version of your personal Bio.
In this "Bio" widget you have the ability of giving the widget a unique name, description and the option to display the title. You can also configure these settings to show as little or as much of a preview as you want. To add content, click on "Create your bio now."
This Current Table of Contents widget is similar to the Book Table of Contents widget, with one important distinction. It will display the Table of Contents for the book that is currently being viewed. If the visitor isn't viewing a book, then it will display nothing.
The Table of Content widget is shown below.
The Custom Text/HTML Widget displays custom text or HTML for open-ended expression.
Within the widget you can add Text, HTML, Images, Video, whatever works in the editor.
This "Custom Text/HTML" widget is displaying a welcome message. Note, you can give your Custom Text/HTML Widgets a unique title and title description.
The Embed Media Widget displays embedded rich media such as files, images, videos, links and more. You can select media from your computer, select media saved in your library, embed HTML code, or select media from an external source.
The embed media widget can be given a unique title and description. You can also control the width of the media to be displayed.
*If you'd like additional text around your image, video or iframe, you should use the Custom Text/HTML box. It will allow you to embed media around text.
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The Facebook Activity Feed widget displays recent Facebook activity for the domain (URL) on which your site is hosted. For example, your site could be hosted on: projects.iq.harvard.edu, harvard.edu, fas.harvard.edu, etc. You could also enter in the URL of a site for which to show recommendations.
This Facebook Activity Feed widget shown below features a default Facebook feed from the domain, projects.iq.harvard.edu.
The Facebook Comments widget displays a comment box for site visitors to add comments using their Facebook account.
Alternatively, with the Facebook Comments widget you can post comments using your Yahoo, AOL, or Hotmail account. This widget also includes Facebook plugin attributes such as controlling the number of posts shown, size of the comment box, etc.
The Facebook Facepile widget displays who has liked your page, or users who have signed up for your site.
The Facepile plugin displays the Facebook profile pictures of people who have connected with your Facebook page via a global or custom action.
The Facebook Like widget displays a "Like" button for the current page.
The Facebook Like widget works when you are signed into your own Facebook account. If you select the like button, it will share the page to your Facebook, as well as show on the site how many people have liked that page. If you select the message button, it will show a message box that will allow you to send the link over to one of your friends.
The Facebook Likebox widget embeds a box on your page that provides the user with the ability to “like” a designated Facebook Page. It also informs the user of how many people have liked that page, as well as a stream of your site’s wall posts. You can set the dimensions of this box placed on your page.
This Facebook Likebox widget shown below is displaying Harvard's Facebook page URL. This widget also comes with Facebook plugin attributes.
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The Facebook Livestream widget displays streams from your Livestream for Facebook channel. The Livestream app must be installed to your Facebook page in order to use this widget.
To learn more about Livestream for Facebook, click here.
This Facebook Livestream widget shown below is what will appear if a Facebook app ID is not provided for the widget. This widget also comes with other Facebook plugin attributes.
The Facebook Recommendations widget displays Facebook recommendations for a given domain.
This Facebook recommendations widget shown below is how the widget will display if a domain (URL) was not provided. It will setup a default recommendations list. This widget can also be given a unique title and description, and provides other Facebook plugin attributes.
The Facebook Send widget displays a Facebook send button that allows Facebook users to message one, or more, of their friends a link to the page they are on.
This Facebook Send widget shown below can be given a unique title and description, and also comes with other Facebook plugin attributes.
The Featured Posts widget displays a list of links or short teasers of selected posts. You can choose posts of any content type, arrange them in any order, and configure display options.
The Featured Posts widget is shown below.
The Feed Reader Widget feature lets you to subscribe to RSS Feeds from other sites and include the results on your own. This widget allows you to put those results into a box in any region of your site. This box can display any or all of the feeds you've already added to your site.
This "Feed Reader" widget shown below can be given a unique title, description, and gives you the option to choose the number of items to display.
This Follow Me widget will display formatted icons for popular social websites, allowing users to click them and follow your account.
Configure the widget by entering the the URL of your profile from a social media site. Accepted sites are: Facebook, Virb, MySpace, Twitter, Picasa, Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo, blip.tv, last.fm, LinkedIn, Delicious, and Tumblr.
You can also choose whether the widget displays the name of the social account, or just the icon,
Should be used: When you want to connect users to your sites social network accounts.
Should not be used: When you want users to share your content on their personal social networks -- use the “AddThis” widget instead.
The List of Posts widget displays an automatically generated list of posts from your site.
This "List of Posts" widget shown below can be selected with specific type(s) of content to display, and has other display settings.
The Mailing Lists widget lets users sign up for a mailing list at MailChimp. You will need register an account with MailChimp to set up the mailing list and then enter the API key to your MailChimp account in your site settings.
Once that is set up, configuring the box will let you choose one of your lists.
This "Mailing Lists" widget shown below displays the box which can be configured to display a signup form or as a link that opens a popup.
This is the form that will appear for you to subscribe to a mailing list.
The Publications By Coauthor widget will display and categorize a group of publications by co-author, regardless of type, year, etc.
You can give the "Publications by Coauthor" widget a unique title and description with the ability to display the number of items associated with each coauthor.
Learn more about Creating New Widgets and Customizing Your Site Layout.
The Publications by Type widget will display and categorize publications by their "Type." (books, journals, etc.)
This "Publications by Type" widget can be given a unique title, description and have the option to display the number of items in a category. You also have the ability to display one or all "Types" of publications.
The Publications by Year widget will display and categorize publications by year; regardless of type.
This "Publications by Year" widget can be given a unique title and description. You can also choose to display the number of items within each category.
The Site RSS Feed widget will display a link to an RSS feed of your content. Visitors can use this link to follow recent updates to your website.You can use the drop-down menu to filter the type of content that will appear in the feed.
Uncheck “show all content” box. You can then use the drop-down menu to filter the type of content that will appear in the feed.
You can create one feed, or multiple feeds, each featuring one or more content types. Feeds should be populated with content that will be relevant to site visitors, and worthy of appearing in a person’s feed reader. This will usually correspond to specific content types that are updated with some frequency, such as news posts, blog posts, publications, or classes. Ideally the feed icon should represent a feed for that specific section -- such as news or a blog section.
The Slideshow widget displays an animated embedded slideshow of a media gallery. Note, you must create a media gallery with images before you can enable the Slideshow Widget. Learn more about creating a media gallery.
Select or create a media gallery to feature, and customize the display and animation settings.
In this "Slideshow" widget shown below you are able to give the widget a unique title, description, and have the ability to choose a gallery you want photos to be featured from.
The Tabs Widget displays multiple widgets in clickable tabs.
Example of three widgets that were used to create this Tabs Widget.
Before you create a Tabs Widget, you have a couple of options. You can:
Once you create your widgets you can start creating your Tabs Widget by:
Don’t forget to save your work.
NOTE: If the widget(s) you are highlighting in the Tab Widget hold no content, that widget will not show up as a tab.
To get the Tabs Widget on your page you must:
This Taxonomy widget will display a list of taxonomy terms that you have added to your site's vocabularies. You can use this functionality to group pieces of content into smaller, more specific categories. In order to use the taxonomy widget you must first create a taxonomy vocabulary to use with your widget. You can learn more in the [taxonomy vocabulary page].
The "People" widget shown below enables filtering for people profiles by group.
Learn more about:
The Twitter Widget displays a feed of recent tweets. The example below is displaying tweets from @HarvardResearch.
Once you create a Twitter widget, you can choose to display the most recent feeds from a Twitter username, hashtag, or search a search term to be shown in the box. You can also give the widget a unique name and description as well as control how many tweets you want to appear. You can also encourage visitors to follow you by checking the “include a follow me” link option.