A “widget” is a WordPress term for a small module of content that appears on your site – most of your site’s layout is controlled with widgets and you can think of them as the blocks of content that you see on your homepage and elsewhere.
The Widget Control Panel (shown above) is where you can edit all of your widgets, including where they go. To get there, click the word "Widgets" under the Appearance tab.
On this page you'll see two basic sections; the list of Available Widgets on the left and your list of Widget Areas on the right. The basic concept is to drag to drop widgets from the list of Available Widgets into one or many of your Widget Areas. Check out the glossary of terms at the bottom of this article.
Each widget has its own settings––once you add a widget into a widget area, it will open up so that you can see its settings. After changing the settings, make sure to click the Save button at the top of the widget. The global appearance of the widgets on your site is controlled by the Widget Styles section on the SNO Design Options page, but you can change individual widget styles right there in the widget itself.
SNO Story List Widget
This is by far the most common widget you'll want to use. Check out the video below for more information.
Many of the widgets you see in the Widget Interface are widgets built specifically as part of the SNO Framework for WordPress. These widgets are all labeled with “SNO”. These widgets generally have more options than the other widgets, and they have two additional features not seen on other widgets: you can change the style of the widget to any of the six styles defined on the SNO Design Options page, and you can override any of those styles to add custom colors and borders. The most common SNO widgets you'll be using are the SNO Story List widget and the SNO Story Carousel widget.
WordPress and Plugin Widgets
There are many widgets that are included with a WordPress installation, and most plugins that are added to a site also include their own widgets. These widgets will not have the color and style flexibility like the SNO widgets; they will always appear in the default widget style defined on the SNO Design Options page.
Widget Control Panel Glossary
SNO Story Carousel
Use this widget to add a carousel of stories. Stories will only be displayed if they have a featured image.
SNO Story Grid
Use this widget to add a grid of stories. Stories will only be displayed if they have a featured image.
SNO Story List
The Swiss Army Knife of widgets. Displays stories or videos from a category or tag.
SNO Story Parallax
Use this widget to add a parallax display of cascading photos from a category of stories.
SNO Trending Stories
Use this widget to add a list of your trending stories based on Google Analytics data.
Use this widget to add advertisements to any widget area.
SNO Distinguished Sites Badge
Displays SNO Distinguished Sites Badges if your site has won one.
SNO Embed Code
This widget displays embed codes at an appropriate scale.
SNO Photo Gallery Widget
Use this widget to showcase a gallery from the images attached to any story on your site.
SNO Sports Results
Add a list of recent results using your Sports Center add-on.
SNO Sports Schedule
Add a list of upcoming games using your Sports Center add-on.
SNO Sports Score Carousel
Use this widget to display a Sports Score Carousel.
SNO Sports Standings
Add a standings box for one of your sports using your Sports Center add-on.
SNO Staff Profile
This widget allows you to place a random staff profile.
Display arbitrary text/HTML or any registered WordPress shortcode.
SNO Ad Manager - Ad Group
Display a group of SNO Ad Manager ads if you have this add-on.
SNO Ad Manager - Single Ad
Display a single SNO Ad Manager ad if you have this add-on.
A monthly archive of your site’s Posts.
Arbitrary HTML code.
Display a Gravity Form if you have this add-on.
Displays an image gallery.
Displays an image.
Add a navigation menu to your sidebar.
Display a poll you've created from the Polls menu.
Your site’s most recent comments.
Entries from any RSS or Atom feed.
A search form for your site.