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 six styles defined on the SNO Design Optionss 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.