We have developed a new widget for use in our WordPress sites. It allows you to add text or images using the familiar Visual Editor with a toolbar, instead of a plain text widget where you have to write the html code yourself. Widgets are only available to site Administrators. To use this new, enhanced text widget, follow these steps:
Login to WordPress.
Click on Widgets.
Expand the widget area for the sidebar you’d like to modify.
Locate the “Text Editor” widget and drag it onto your widget area.
Give your text widget a title if desired.
Write or add images and links as you would on a regular page or post.
Click Save (there is no preview) and view on your live site.
The above example would display on a live site as shown below:
The width of the sidebar is 200 pixels so any image’s width must be smaller than those dimensions to display properly.
To create a single space or line break, hold down Shift and hit Enter/Return
There is no preview or revision history for widgets. There is an undo button on the second row of buttons (to display second row click “Show/Hide Kitchen sink). Once you have saved and closed the widget, the changes cannot be undone.
Along with our new University Events Calendar, we have created a companion sidebar widget for use in any of our WordPress-based sites. This new widget will place a list of events onto your site’s sidebar. To use this widget, on your site, you must be an Administrator for your site. Here are the steps for incorporating it into your site:
Login to your WordPress site and click “Widgets” on the sidebar.
Expand the sidebar area where you would like your widget to go.
Locate the widget called, “Events Calendar” and drag it onto your widget area. The widget will automatically expand to allow you to set the variables. It will look like this:
Give your widget a title.
Select any departments you would like to include. You can select more than one by holding down shift and clicking your mouse.
Select any event types you would like to include in your list. You can select more than one by holding down shift and clicking with your mouse.
Select the number of events you would like to show, number of days in the future and whether or not you would like to display an excerpt of the event description.
If you do not choose to show a thumbnail image, the date will display in a gold box. This and other settings can be toggled on an off until you achieve your desired results.
View your live site and adjust settings as needed.
This is an example of a events calendar sidebar widget with 3 events displayed, the excerpt turned on, and using the small image.
The digital team recently upgraded our version of WordPress to version 3.5.1, which is the most current version available. Below are the 4 most important changes you will notice when working on your site.
1. New Media Uploader
Gone is the old “Add/Upload” text followed by a series of icons. Instead we find a single Add Media button.
When it comes to uploading images, the interface is much more intuitive than before. After clicking Add Media, you can even drag images from your computer onto your browser window to begin the upload process.
The image editing functionality has also been overhauled to make it more functional and easier to use. You access the photo editing capabilities by clicking on the image from the Media Library, then clicking the Edit Image button. Then, you can use the built-in scale or crop your photo from within WordPress.
The admin panel for Gravity Forms has also gotten a facelift. The major change is in the Notifications area of the Settings. You can create as many kinds of notification emails as you like. Although most users will still just need the standard Admin & User notification emails.