by Wisetail Technical Support

Widgets are tools that help you design pages in your site. Would you like to introduce some imagery through a banner? Do it with a Widget. How about featuring select modules on the home page? That’s where a curated content Widget comes in handy. Provide links to commonly used software for your users? Links Widget!

Adding and Managing Widgets

Let’s begin by stating that Widgets can live in two locations on a page: the main column or the right column. Certain Widgets can only live in certain places (See: the Widgets Compendium). The main column takes up the majority of the page and is the only area where you can place content Widgets.

To add a Widget, go into the admin tool and select the system tab. From here, click on the pages pill and select the page where you’d like to add the Widget.


Once on this page, you have the option to add and manage Widgets. You can easily add a Widget (or multiple) to the main column or right column by clicking the ‘Add Widget’ button for each column.


The next step is managing the Widgets – You can customize your Widgets, change their position on the page, or delete them using the icons on either side of the Widget display card.


The hamburger on the left help you reorder Widgets on the page. Click the icon and drag to move the Widget position up or down.

To manage the options and content of a Widget, or to delete it, click the three dots on the right.

Now, let’s talk about the settings you will see when you click the ‘manage’ button from this dropdown.

Widget-Level Permissions

The rules engine can be used to apply permissions on some page widgets themselves as a whole.
Banner, Link, Poll and Announcement widgets can now have rules applied to the widget itself. Only users that meet the criteria set on a widget will be able to see the widget on their page.

Widget Settings

Oh boy, there are quite a few Widget settings available depending on the Widget you’ll be managing. Let’s begin with a few of the common settings:

  • Title: This is simply the Widget title you’d like to display above the Widget content. This title will inherit the brand font and colors you selected when designing the initial site branding.
  • Show Title: This checkbox will allow you to show or hide the title on a Widget. If you don’t have the title filled in, but you’ve selected “Show Title,” a default title will display. Pro Tip: Don’t show the title on a banner Widget!
  • Autohide if Empty: If the Widget doesn’t have any content it’ll be hidden from its Page. This is especially handy if you’re using a filtered content Widget to display enrolled content. Or, an announcement Widget with a feature date!
  • Show Quick Link: This is an area where you can designate a URL for a user to follow. The Quick Link appears underneath the content, to add the desired URL you simply populate the ‘Link URL’ field beneath the ‘Show Quick Link’ checkbox.
  • Permissions: The following Widgets include the option to add Permissions at the Widget level. The new functionality is found in the Widget Permissions under the Widget Settings.
    • Announcements
    • Banners
    • Links
    • Polls

Content Widget Display types

If you’re using a curated or filtered content Widget you will have the option to select from four different display types:



Tile: This view shows the thumbnail image with a description and title below the image:


Thumbnail: This view shows just the thumbnail image. If your cursor hovers over the image, the module title will appear (as seen below):


List: This shows the thumbnail image aligned to the left of the main column with the Module title and description extending to the right of the thumbnail:


Compact: This appears similar to the list view above. With this one, however, the width is compacted to take up less page space, and the description is not included.










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