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Introducing widgets

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A widget is an interactive block of content that typically showcases one or more content items. Widgets are an important tool for sharing and promoting content across the public site. Pangea CMS lets you create a wide variety of widget types that serve different purposes.

This article provides an overview of the different widget types you can build from Pangea CMS.



Content widget

The Content widget lets you share and promote content pages across the public site. This is a highly customizable widget that offers a wide variety of layout options. The Content widget is the most commonly used widget on Pangea sites.

A single Content widget might promote one or multiple content pages (all content types are supported). If desired, promote a mixture of content types on the same widget. A Content widget displays a simple teaser for each promoted content page. Visitors can tap or click a teaser to open the content page.

To learn how to build a Content widget, see the following article:



FactCheck widget

The FactCheck widget lets you share and promote FactCheck pages across the public site.

A single FactCheck widget might promote one or multiple FactCheck pages. A FactCheck widget includes an at-a-glance summary for each promoted FactCheck page.

To learn how to build a FactCheck widget, see the following article:



HTML widget

An HTML widget is like a blank canvas that lets you display custom content on pages. Despite the name, you do not need to use HTML code to create an HTML widget. If preferred, you can conveniently add content using CKEditor.

HTML widgets are commonly used to display:

  • Approved external media items (such as YouTube videos and Datawrapper visualizations).
  • Embedded content items published by your site (such as Snippets and Videos).
  • Custom text, such as information and instructions.

To learn how to build an HTML widget, see the following article:



Live stream widget

The Live stream widget lets you send a live video / audio stream to the public site. This widget receives input from the Scheduler & Template week tool in Pangea CMS.



Manual stream widget

The Manual stream widget lets you send a live video stream to the public site. This widget receives input from the Manual live stream tool in Pangea CMS.

To learn how to build a Manual stream widget, see the following article:



Multimedia widget

The Multimedia widget lets you share on-demand multimedia content across the public site. A single Multimedia widget can share one content item at a time. The following content types might be shared on a Multimedia widget:

The player is available directly on the widget, so visitors can immediately start watching or listening without opening a new page. The minimized player stays available at the bottom of the page, so visitors can keep watching or listening as they navigate your site and open new pages.

To learn how to build a Multimedia widget, see the following article:



Podcast widget

The Podcast widget lets you promote podcast content across the public site. Each Podcast widget is connected to one podcast (audio or video). The widget updates automatically, so it always promotes the latest episode from the podcast.

The player is available directly on the widget, so visitors can immediately start listening or watching without opening a new page. The minimized player stays available at the bottom of the page, so visitors can keep listening or watching as they navigate your site and open new pages.

To learn how to build a Podcast widget, see the following article:



Poll widget

The Poll widget lets you share Polls across the public site.

A single Poll widget can share one Poll at a time. This widget lets visitors immediately vote and check the results without opening a new page. Effective use of Polls and Poll widgets can increase audience engagement and encourage visitors to return to your site.

To learn how to build a Poll widget, see the following article:



Subscription widget

The Subscription widget lets you promote newsletters across the public site. On a Subscription widget, promote any newsletter that is distributed using the Newsletter tool in Pangea CMS. If your service uses a different tool to distribute newsletters (such as Mailchimp), you cannot use the Subscription widget to promote newsletters.



Trends widget

A Trends widget lists the current "trending" content pages from your site. This means content pages that have received a high number of views within a specified time period (based on Adobe Analytics data).

You can customize the items listed on a Trends widget as follows:

  • Time period: List only items published within a specified time period.
  • Content type: List only specific content types (such as Articles).
  • Categories: List only items from a specific Category.

Combine these settings to create a Trends widget that is tailored for a specific audience.

To learn how to build a Trends widget, see the following article:



Other widget types

Pangea CMS also lets you build the following widget types:

These widgets have special rules and are managed separately from the other widgets described in this article. Find details in the articles linked above.


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