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Content widget - Using Semi-auto mode


NOTE: This article explains how to add items to a Content widget when Semi-auto mode is enabled. For general information about creating a Content widget, refer to the alternative article below:

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About Semi-auto mode

With Semi-auto mode enabled, the widget can include some content that is set manually according to the rules for Manual mode. The remaining content is set automatically according to the rules for Auto mode.

Manual mode

The Manual items on the widget are manually selected by you.

For Manual items, you can also adjust the following settings:

  • The order of the items.
  • The Website teaser settings for each item (for example, change the image that is displayed with the item).

Manual items remain on the widget unless they are manually removed. This applies regardless of how old the Manual item is, and where the item is positioned on the widget.



Auto mode

The Auto items on the widget are automatically added by Pangea CMS. Items are selected according to the criteria you define in the widget settings.

Below are examples of possible configurations using Auto mode:

  • Display the latest items from a particular Category.
  • Display the latest content from a particular content type (such as the latest videos).
  • Display the latest content that is assigned a particular Tag.

Older Auto items on the widget are automatically replaced as new content is published, with no input required from you.




Add content

To add content to the widget:

  1. Open the Widget Settings screen for an existing Content widget or create a new Content widget. For instructions, refer to the following article:
  2. Click Content in the left panel.
  3. Ensure Semi-auto is selected.

When Semi-auto is selected, the screen is divided into the following sections:



Manual settings

Click Set manual content to select the Manual items that are displayed on the widget. For detailed information, refer to the following article:

After selecting the content, scroll down to see a list of the attached content items under Displaying total items. The changes are not applied on the public website until you click Save or Save & close.



Auto settings

You can define the critera that Pangea CMS applies for selecting Auto items under Auto settings. For detailed information, refer to the following article:


NOTE: Please be aware of the following:
  • The Max items setting applies only for Auto items. The widget can display additional Manual items. For example, if Max items is set to 5, but the widget also includes 1 Manual item, the total number of items displayed on the widget is 6.
  • Auto settings apply only for Auto items. For example, when a Category is selected in Auto settings, Auto mode only adds items from the selected Category. However, Manual items from any Category can be added.

Click Update to generate a preview of the widget content.

The changes are not applied on the public website until you click Save or Save & close.




Manage content

The Widget Settings: Content screen shows the content items that are currently displayed on the widget. The order matches the order on the public website. Each listed item is labeled either Manual mode or Auto mode according to how it was added.

By default, items added via Manual mode are listed first. You can change the position of a Manual item using the drop-down menu. You also can drag and drop the box, which is especially useful if you are editing the widget on a mobile device.

In most cases, you cannot change the order of Auto items. The items must remain in the order of publication, with the most recent item at the top and the oldest item at the bottom. You can only change the position of an Auto item if the Pin slider is enabled. While this option is enabled, the item is not removed from the widget and the position will remain as set.


NOTE: If a Manual item is displayed at the top of the widget, the latest Auto items are always added below the Manual item.

Other options for managing content items vary according to the mode (Auto or Manual). For detailed information, refer to the relevant article below:




Manage Website teaser settings

Website teaser settings are used to generate the default preview of a content item that is displayed via widgets. The Website teaser settings for each content item are visible on the right side of the box. Not all the listed settings will be visible on the current widget, as this varies according to the widget Layout settings.

A Website teaser setting might be marked 'Empty' (for example, Empty title). In this case, the Content widget displays the value as defined in the General settings. The General settings are visible on the left side of the box.

For Manual items, you can manage Website teaser settings directly on the Widget Settings: Content screen. For more information, refer to the following article:

For Auto items, it is not possible to adjust Website teaser settings directly on the Widget Settings: Content screen.

NOTE: If necessary, you can manage the universal Website teaser settings for any content item via the content item's edit screen. For instructions, refer to the following article:



Further recommendations

The following articles might be helpful:

You can review a selection of widget designs and layouts on the example Section pages below:

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