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A Widget is a customizable snippet of content that can be used to fill the sidebars and footer columns on your site. Widgets can contain nearly anything, including links, images, and video.

A full list of all the Widgets available to use in Widget Areas can be found in the dashboard side menu under “Appearance”.

Widgets under Appearance in the dashboard view

Activating Widgets

Through the Dashboard

On the Widgets page of the Dashboard, you will see a list of all the Widgets available for use on Sites@Rutgers, along with a brief description of what each does.

Widgets available for use on Sites@Rutgers
Listing of a site’s sidebars and footer columns

If you select any of the Widgets on this page, it will expand to show a list of all of your site’s Widget Areas.

Expanded list of a site’s Widget Areas below a Widget

To activate this Widget in a Widget Area, select the name of that sidebar or footer column in the list, and then click the “Add Widget” button.

You can also activate a Widget by dragging and dropping it onto your Widget Area of choice.

The title of each Widget Area (when expanded) will show all the Widgets with which it is currently associated. You may then configure these Widgets to your liking.

Sidebar & footer section in Widgets page of the dashboard view

You can remove a Widget from a Widget Area by selecting the “Delete” option, or by dragging it back towards the Available Widgets section.

Keep in mind that removing a Widget from a Widget Area will also delete any settings you’ve configured for it.

Drag widgets here to remove them from a sidebar or footer, but keep their settings

To remove a Widget from a Widget Area while still retaining its settings for future use, click and drag it into the “Inactive Widgets” section.

A deactivated Widget will not display under any Widget Areas, but its settings will be preserved unless it is deleted or all inactive Widgets are cleared using the “Clear Inactive Widgets” button.

The “Inactive Widgets” section is only available through the Dashboard Widgets screen.

Through the Customizer

You can also activate Widgets in a Widget Area by selecting the Widgets tab in your site’s Customizer.

Widgets tab of Customizer highlighted

In the Widgets tab, you will see a list of Widget Areas on your site.

widgets screen in customizer
List of currently visible Widget Areas in Customizer view

Please note that this list will only include the Widget Areas that are displayed on the page you are currently viewing through the Customizer. Since your site’s footer is universal, this only affects which sidebars are shown.

For example, if you are viewing your site’s homepage through the Customizer, the only sidebar displayed on this list will be the one that is associated with the homepage.

To add Widgets to a sidebar that is not listed on the Widgets page, simply navigate in the Customizer to a page that displays that sidebar.

sidebar selected in customizer
List of Widgets associated with the Primary sidebar

Once you’ve selected a Widget Area, you will see a list of all the Widgets with which it is currently associated.

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Events List Widget options expanded in Customizer

The Widgets in this list can be expanded to display details and editing options.

list of all potential widgets in customizer
A selection of available Widgets on Sites@Rutgers

Selecting the Add a Widget button will bring up a list of each available Widget on your site, followed by a brief description of what it does.

If you are looking for a specific Widget, you can also type its name into the search bar up top.

To add any of these Widgets to a Widget Area, simply select its entry on the list and it will be automatically added.

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A new Widget added to a Widget Area in the Customizer

It should now be displayed under the Widget Area’s list of Widgets, and can be edited as needed.

To reorder the Widgets in a Widget Area, select its “Reorder” option, which expands the Widget to show up and down arrows that shift the Widget in the corresponding direction when clicked.

Expanded Widget reorder menu, displaying reorder arrows and a dropdown of Widget Areas

The Reorder menu also lets you move individual Widgets to other Widget areas by selecting a different area from the dropdown and selecting “Move”.

You can also reorder Widgets simply by clicking and dragging each Widget to your preferred position in the Widget Area.

Popular Widgets