You might not know it, but most of your home page is made up of widgets. These handy little boxes are a self-contained way of storing and displaying images, text, and other features. Your website will have been set up with all the necessary widgets in place, but you may wish to edit them.
Your appointments and online services page might well have a widget linking patients to Patient Access or askmyGP. It is unlikely that any of the other pages will have widgets on them, but you may wish to store images here instead of embedding them into the text.
Here is an example of a home page with the widget locations marked.
As you can see, each widget on the home page has its own separate location. Whilst any one of these locations can hold any type of widget, we recommend that you stick to the layout created at your website’s launch. This layout has been designed with neatness and user-friendliness in mind.
There is a section in the widget menu where you can view the widget locations more easily. Widgets can be dragged and dropped in and out of this section.
- In order to manage your widgets, you will need to log in.
- Select ‘Appearance’ and then ‘Widgets’ from the black sidebar. This will take you to the widget menu.
- You can drag and drop widgets in and out of the menu here, and alter their settings as you wish.
- Don’t forget to click on the blue ‘Save’ button on every widget to save your changes!
Types of widget
Now that we have seen the locations for our widgets, it is time to decide which widgets we should include. Out of the 22 available widgets, only some are used with any regularity. These are the widgets that you should use if you wish to modify your website in any way:
- Archives. This widget will create an archive of your news items for visitors to view at their leisure. You can include this on your news page.
- Branch Phone Number Widget. This widget stays in the header of your website regardless of the web page, so visitors will always know how to contact you. It will automatically update whenever you change your telephone number in the branch menu.
- Branch Widget. This widget contains all of the contact information for your practice. If you have more than one practice, you can create a new branch widget for each one.
- Custom HTML. Your CQC report (if your practice is located in England) will be a custom HTML widget. HTML is a line of computer code that allows certain information to be displayed. If you have a Twitter or Facebook feed that you wish to advertise, this widget will allow you to do so as well.
- Latest WP Post List/Slider 1. If you wish for your news feed to display on the home page, this widget will allow you to do so. It automatically updates with any new news items.
- NHS Logo Widget. This widget displays an image of the NHS logo. Ensure that you have set your country in the customise menu for the correct image to display.
- Patient Services Widget. This widget will probably be the one you use the most. You can link visitors immediately to a specific page on your website, and a preset image will complement the link. You can find out more about Patient Services Widgets here.
- Really Simple Image Widget. This is the best way to display images on your website. Whilst there is also an ‘image widget’, the Really Simple Image Widget allows you to add links and alt text, as well as manage other settings.
- Text Widget. If you have a certain section of text that you wish to be more prominently displayed, you can add to a text widget. The out of hours box is one such example of a text widget.
Where will my widgets be displayed?
Nearly all the Widget locations are on the Homepage. However there is an area called the Right Sidebar. This is NOT visible on the Homepage. It is visible on all other pages using the Default template.
You may have added a widget to this widget area but cannot see it when viewing your website. Alternatively, you may have found that a widget displays on pages that you weren’t expecting.
By default widgets in the Right Sidebar will display on all default pages, but you can easily alter them.
There will be a ‘Visibility’ button at the bottom of each widget box, next to the ‘Save’ button. Selecting this will allow you to change when and where the widget is viewed.
Here I have selected to ‘Show’ the archive widget if the ‘Page’ is ‘News’. This means that this widget will only display on the News page. If I wish for the widget to show on more than one page, then I can ‘Add’ a new rule.
You can delete widgets by either selecting the red ‘delete’ button when viewing the widget settings, or by dragging it out of the menu. You won’t be able to restore these widgets in the future.
If you have no need for a widget at the moment, but might need it in the future, or don’t want to lose the settings, you can make it ‘inactive’. Inactive widgets are removed from the widget menu, but can be restored with their full settings at any point.
You can find your inactive widgets at the bottom of the widget menu. Simply drag an unwanted widget here to make it inactive.
If you have an issue with your widgets, or for any more information on how widgets work, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.