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 via widgets. If you click on Widgets under the Appearance tab, you’ll see your site's widget areas listed in the right column. Each of these widget areas corresponds with a specific area on your site. You will see this same list of areas by click on Customize Widgets under SNO Launch Pad or under the Appearance tab. By clicking on the title of a widget area, you can open that area. You can add widgets to that area. 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 bottom of the widget or at the top of the page. The global appearance of the widgets on your site is controlled by the Widget Styles section on the SNO Design Options page.
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 five styles defined on the Theme 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 Category Display 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 Theme Options page.
The following list highlights some of the more useful WordPress widgets.
- Archives Widget - This widget creates a month by month list of links to stories published in those months.
- Polls Widget - This widget adds a poll to your site––you can create polls with the Poll feature (found in the bottom left of your Dashboard). You can set the widget to display a particular poll or to automatically display the most recently added poll.
- Recent Comments Widget - This widget will display a list of the most recent comments your readers have made on the stories on your site.
- RSS Widget - This widget will allow you to display the RSS feed from any other blog or news source. Just enter the feed address in the box provided.
- Search Widget - This widget allows you to add a search box to your site so users can search your site.
- Inactive Widgets - At the bottom of the Widgets page (available under the Appearance tab on the left side of your WordPress dashboard), there is a section titled Inactive Widgets. You can drag widgets here to remove them from the sidebar but keep their settings. Then if you want to restore the widget, you can just drag it from this inactive widget box and drop it into the location you want it.