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Using the Widget Library


Widgets are used in a very similar way to How to Add Images to a Text Editor, but are a way to embed HTML code into the text areas (Using the Rich Text Editor) of your web site. This means you can add external items like video from YouTube, or javascript to add a counter. If you are adding code from an external website, this is the way to do it:

Steps to create and use a widget

  1. Make the widget
    Now you have the code for your button it's time to make the widget. Log into theimagefile and follow: My Websites -> Main -> Pages -> Widgets shown in Text Editor. Scroll to the first available large text area labelled HTML and paste in your code copied from PayPal. Then give your widget a name, an optional reference description and the dimensions in pixels you wish to allocate on your page to the widget. Many widgets will state the widget size, however if you are not sure of the widget size just make a rough guess, then update later if required. You may upload a Placeholder Image which is shown when in edit mode. If you do not have a Placeholder Image, one will be auto-created based on the Name and Placeholder Size dimensions. The placeholder is used to illustrate the size and positioning of the widget when viewing your web page under theimagefile domain name.

    Save

  2. Place the widget on your web page
    Now it's time to add the widget to your web page - note that you can display the same widget on multiple pages. Start off by going to the web page you want the widget to display from. From the rich text editor place the cursor in the text area where you wan the widget to be positioned - then click the image icon, the "browse server" and find and select the placeholder for the widget.

    This will display the placeholder in the editor. When happy with the positioning save the page.





More details on how to set up a widget:




What are widgets

Well they are not essential to use in your web site but using in moderation one or two widgets in your web site can help add a bit of current interactivity to your site, as well as enabling you to add functionality to your site. Some examples of a widget would include:


Setting up a widget - step by step

In this example we set up a PayPal "Pay now" button.


Resources

Widget Resources
How to find the widget embed code for a You Tube Video
How to find the widget embed code for Google Maps



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