Widgets are where the rubber meets the road— or, rather, where dynamic Web content meets static Web pages.

Widgets are, in a nutshell, instructions to the CMS to show some dynamic content. A widget might say something like this: “Show me up to three news items tagged “important” from the Biology, Chemistry and Physics groups; display them in random order; and if any of them are starred, give them a yellow background.”

Creative widget usage is key to making great LiveWhale-powered websites.

Group-aware widgets: a dorky name for a really great CMS feature

Simply put, group-aware widgets are shared widgets made by a LiveWhale Admin, typically a widget titled “My Events” for instance. What makes them special is that when you insert them into your page, LiveWhale automatically uses content from the group that “owns” the page. In other words— if it’s your page, it’s your content, automatically.

Widget Guide

Coming down the pipe (email support@livewhale.com if you’re itching for it) is a super-friendly walk-through of creating new widgets. The documentation here will exist as a reference.

​Accessing the Widget Library

  • Click the Widgets under the Superpowers section in your Toolbox
  • The Widget Library will list all widgets in your group or shared widgets

Widget Actions

  • You can select one to many widgets using the checkboxes, or use the select all link, to perform single or bulk actions using the With checked items… drop-down menu.
  • Widget actions include the following:
    • Duplicate
    • Delete
    • Move to Group
    • Make shared widget.
  • Click the Get Code link to obtain the widget code for the saved widget. This is another method by which you can copy/paste into your web page.

Filter Widgets

You can filter and search for widgets by group or use the search field to receive a listing of widgets that are available.