Widgets are boxes on your website that hold self-contained information in an easy-to-display format. Your home page will be made almost entirely of widgets. You can use widgets to hold text, images, and other features, without affecting the format of the page. You can learn more about managing widgets here.
One of the widget types is called a ‘patient services widget’. This widget allows you to easily guide visitors to any of the information held on your website. You can choose between a simple style…
…and a pictorial style.
Whichever style you choose, we recommend that you keep it the same throughout your website.
As you will recognise, most or all of these widgets have the same name as a page on your website. This is because the widget contains a link to that page, allowing visitors to easily access the information they require.
Whilst each image does typically correspond to a specific service, you are free to use them for patient services that are not listed. If you wish to create a widget for ‘Test Results’, you might want to use the image of the files for ‘Care Records’. If you wish to create a widget for ‘Clinics’, you might want to use the image of the medical equipment for ‘Who Should I See?’.
Adding a patient services widget
- In order to add a patient services widget to your website, you will need to log in.
- Select ‘Appearance’ and then ‘Widgets’ from the black sidebar. This will take you to the widget menu.
- From the list of available widgets on the left hand side, you will find the patient services widget towards the bottom.
- Drag and drop the widget into the area where you would like it to be visible. By clicking on the drop down arrow, you will be able to open up some options for the widget.
- Widget Type. This selects the type of image that will display for the widget, from a total of sixteen options. You will notice that each option is listed twice, for example ‘Appointments’ and ‘Appointments Image’. Appointments is the simple icon, whereas Appointments Image is the detailed icon.
- Title. This sets some text in the label below the widget. As a rule it should reflect the same name as the widget type. Too many characters will distort the label and make it difficult to read.
- URL. This is the full web address for the page you are trying to link to. Unless you are adding an askmyGP patient services widget, this URL should link to your own website.
Don’t forget to click on the blue ‘Save’ button to save your changes!
In general, patient services widgets should be on the home page. If you wish to display a widget on a different page, you can change this using the ‘Visibility’ button. More information on editing widgets can be found on the managing widgets page.
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.