You use widgets to add content (such as stories, links and upcoming events) to your bulletin or web page. They are essential design features, and each one has a different function. In this article we'll take a closer look at the Animated Sponsors widget. The Animated Sponsors widget is used to place a cycling display of ads in a given spot on your webpage.
To access any widget, you need to be logged into your webpage. Then, access the relevant content editor, either for your website or bulletin.
Once you have opened the content you wish to edit, you can access the Animated Sponsors widget on the left side of the screen. It is located under the Bulletin & PR widget tab.
One in place and published, the Animated Sponsors widget displays all your sponsor ads in turn. They appear and then are replaced by another ad every few seconds.
You have the option to edit the sponsors displayed by this widget and way they are displayed. Once the widget is in place in your content editor, hover your mouse over it. Click on the Pencil icon when it appears.
This takes you to the Sponsors page, where you can view a full list of your organization sponsors. If you wish to add a new sponsor, click the Add New Sponsor button.
If you would like to edit a sponsor link, or remove it, make use of the tools under the Actions column.
- Edit: Click edit to change the properties of the sponsor item.
- Delete: To remove the sponsor, click Delete.
Editing Widget Properties
Each widget has a function that permits you to edit the widget properties. Most widgets have standard properties, but some have special rules.
To access the widget properties, hover your mouse over the widget once it is in place. Click on the Gear icon when it appears.
You may now edit categories under the various headings. Under the General category you can edit spacing and border properies for the widget's border.
- Show Border: Click this check box if you wish to display a border around the widget.
- Padding Left: Enter a value in pixels to set a space to the left of the widget.
- Padding Right: Enter a value in pixels to set a space to the right of the widget.
- Padding Top: Enter a value in pixels to set a space above the widget.
- Padding Bottom: Enter a value in pixels to set a space below the widget.
- Border Style: Use this drop-down menu to choose a border style.
- Border Thickness: Enter a number to change the border setting. Leave blank to set the default.
- Border Colour: Click on the colour choice window to set a border colour.
In the section marked Header Properties you may customize the appearance of the widget title.
- Title: Use this field to enter a new title for the header. This will not change the title of the widget, but rather the heading under which the widget is displayed. You may edit the style and appearance of the text with the format options link to the right of the title field.
- Show Title: Uncheck this box if you do not wish to display the title.
In the Settings section, you can choose to provide a link to further user resources.
- Timeout: Set, in seconds, the amount of time each sponsor ad is displayed before cycling out to the next ad.
- Show link to Sponsorship Guide: If this link is checked, sponsor ads will include a link to your club's sponsorship guide.
If you wish to get a sneak peek of your formatting changes, refer to the Preview window on the right side of the screen. To see updates, click the Refresh button.
Note: The Preview button displays placeholder content that reflects your style changes, and not the actual content of your widget.