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Widgets

Widgets add content and features to sidebars and other widget-ready areas (e.g., college & unit home page widget areas). In the Department theme, the sidebar area is to the right of the content area on all pages of the site. In the College and Unit themes, the sidebar is located to the left of the content area on the inner pages. The College and Unit themes also have widget-ready content areas for the optional front page layout.

How to Add a Widget

Widgets are available under Appearance > Widgets.

Add a Widget
To add a widget, click on the widget and drag it where it should go.

Reorder a Widget
To reorder the widgets simply click and drag the widget to the desired location on the sidebar.

Widget Options
To see the widget options click on the down arrow to the right of the widget’s name to open up the widget options, if there are any available.

Save a Widget
When adding, reordering or deleting widgets, WordPress will automatically save each time. However, if you edit a widget you will need to click the save button located in the bottom right of the widget box.

Available Widgets

Apply Now Ribbon
Adds an Apply Now ribbon with links to Undergraduate/Graduate Admissions to your sidebar.

Archives
A monthly archive of your site’s news posts.

Audio Widget
Adds an audio player to your sidebar area. Note that while media file uploads to WordPress are not supported at Georgia Southern, you can add your audio file by URL from an external streaming service.

Screenshot of Audio widget

Audio widget in Appearance → Widgets

Screenshot of Insert Audio from URL option

Select “Insert from URL” to add your audio link

Breadcrumb NavXT
Adds a breadcrumb trail to your sidebar. Not necessary as all sites display breadcrumbs in the content area.

Categories
A list or dropdown of categories used in your news posts.

Content Block
Displays a custom content block in a widget. Useful for using the visual editor to format text and create links without using HTML.

Custom HTML
Adds custom HTML to any widget-ready area on your site. Use to paste embed codes for newsletter sign up forms and other third-party services.

Custom Menu
Adds a custom menu to your sidebar.

Donation Button
Adds a “Make a Gift” button to your sidebar.

Gallery Widget
Adds an image gallery from your Media Library to any widget-enabled sidebar area.

GSU SAEM Graphic Announcements
Student Affairs & Enrollment Management Graphic Announcements.

Image Widget
Showcases a single image with optional fields for Title, URL and Description.

iThemes Slideshow
Displays an image slideshow. Create slideshows in DisplayBuddy → Slideshow first.

jQuery Accordion Menu
Vertical menu with accordion-style dropdown menus, similar to the College & Unit theme inner menus.

Recent Posts
Displays your site’s most recent news posts.

RSS
Displays an RSS feed from an external source, such as another site’s news posts or the Campus Calendar.

RSSImport
Displays an RSS feed from an external source, such as another site’s news posts or the Campus Calendar. This widget provides additional options for advanced users.

Search
A search for your site. This will only search within your site, not all of Georgiasouthern.edu.

Testimonial
Adds a testimonial to your sidebar.

Text
Adds plain text or HTML. Now includes a formatting toolbar so you can easily style text, add links and create lists in your sidebar areas.

Screenshot of Text widget

Text widget in Appearance Widgets

Video Widget
Adds a video player to your sidebar area. Note that while media file uploads to WordPress are not supported at Georgia Southern, you can add your video by URL from a streaming service such as YouTube.

Screenshot of Video widget

Video widget in Appearance –> Widgets

Screenshot of Insert Video from URL option

Select “Insert from URL” to add your video from YouTube or another streaming service

Last updated: 3/29/2019

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