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An Overview of Widgets

May 10, 2011

  • Editor’s Note: This article is currently being reviewed. Most likely, content on this page is outdated or scheduled for revision (due to significant changes in the software).

A widget is a small object (i.e. a piece of functionality) offering dynamic content that can be placed into your website pages. The dynamic content can come from within LiveWhale or from external sources (e.g., RSS feeds). Widgets can be shared with other LiveWhale groups.

Each widget is composed of a simple set of rules that determine what to show. For example, “show all news items tagged with ‘Academics’”, or “show all PDF files”, or even “show recently added items to these 3 RSS feeds”.

Using a widget is as simple as placing it in a region of your page while editing it. Also, if you provide your widget with a header, visitors to your web page will automatically be able to subscribe to the widgets on your page so they can keep track of any updates via RSS.

You can easily create widgets using the widget editor. You don’t have to know how to write a widget, nor do you have to remember the different possible options each widget has. A simple to use interface will help you through the process of creating a widget, and optionally giving it a name so you can re-use it easily another time you need it.

Source: Adapted from LiveWhale Support

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