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Personal: Setup Your Widgets

To access the Widget page, go to Appearance → Widgets

On the right, you will see a number of panels that you can expand:

  • Home Page
  • Sidebar
  • Footer

Each widget area specific to your theme has been color coded to make setup easy. Simply drag the widgets you need into the corresponding panels. At the top of the page you will find a yellow ribbon containing a handy “Click Here” link, which will display the recommended widget setup in case you get lost.

Below is an explanation of each widget and how to configure it.

Home Page Widgets

The Home Page Widget area can contain any full-width (orange or blue) widget.

(Obox) Content Widget

This widget will display your videos or post thumbnails in a 4, 3, 2 or 1 -column style.

The Content widget can be used as many times as you want on the Home page or in a Widgetized page template panel. Be careful of placing too many as this may affect the load time of your site and the success rate of oEmbed connections. We recommend a maximum 24 posts in any configuration.

  1. Enter a Title, or enter a blank space for no title
  2. Select a Column Layout
  3. Select the post type to Display
  4. Select a Filter
  5. Select a Category/Tag/Format
  6. Select the number of post to show from the Post Count menu
  7. Select whether to show Post Thumbnails or Videos in the Thumbnails menu.
    • When your content contains a mixture of oEmbed videos, posts with featured images and normal video posts, choose Post Feature Image. Videos will appear automatically if no image is found in the post.
    • oEmbed posts will show a thumbnail automatically if you choose Post Feature Image.
  8. Check Show Date to display the published date
  9. Check Show Excerpts if you want the post excerpt to display. Enter a Content Length to control how long or short, otherwise the WordPress default will be used (either your Excerpt field text or the first 55 words of your content)
  10. Click Save

 

Sidebar & Footer

The sidebar accepts any single-column Obox (purple) widgets  or standard WordPress (gray) widgets.

Below are details on configuring Obox widgets. For help with default widgets, visit the WordPress Codex

(Obox) Twitter Stream

Display the Twitter timeline. Please note that you cannot customize or change the format of the tweets beyond what the widget offers (this is a Twitter requirement)

  1. Enter a Title such as “Follow Me on Twitter”. This title will link to your profile.
  2. Enter your Twitter ID without the @
  3.  Click the link to go to your Twitter Profile widget page
    • Click Create New, then Create Widget.
    • Copy the numeric ID from the address bar URL and paste it in the Twitter Widget Code box. ie https://twitter.com/settings/widgets/344941445658050562/edit
      • twitter_settings
  4. Select the number of Tweets to show.
  5. Select whether to display Replies/ Retweets
  6. Select a default color scheme. When used in the sidebar or any dark background, choose Dark.
  7. Enter a custom color for the links using an HTML color code (gray by default)
  8. Enter a widget height to adjust the container height if showing more than 3 tweets.
  9. Click Save

twitter

 

(Obox) Comments

Display the latest comments with a short excerpt and link to the post. This differs from the default WordPress widget in how it displays the information.

(Obox) Popular Posts

Display a list of links to your most popular posts based on the number of comments they have received. This widget draws from regular Posts only.

(Obox) Social Links

Displays icons linking to your social profiles. Enter the full URLs to your social profiles here.  For the email field, enter your email address. For RSS, enter your RSS Feed Url or Feedburner URL.

(Obox) Search

Provides a styled search field.

(Obox) 125 x 125 Adverts

Displays any small adverts added using the Advert Manager

(Obox) Large Adverts

Displays any large adverts added using the Advert Manager

 

 

Note: Even though there is no limit to how many widgets you can place in this block ,it was only designed for three. So if you place more than three widgets here there is a high probability that your layout will do weird things.


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