Widgets are boxes of content which can be arranged on a page in frames. Learn more about how to use widgets.
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When you add a widget to a page, you’ll see that the widget options are grouped in six categories, described in this article.
Simple widgets are straightforward widgets which don’t display information from users, the intranet, or external sources. Options are listed below.
One-question quick polls can be created, edited, or republished using this widget. Use it for fun surveys (e.g. favorite holiday dessert) or to help choose a company-wide event. Add instructions and as many answer options as you like, or choose whether to allow anonymous users to reply. Pick the date and time for your Quick Poll to start and end its display to users. Customize the colors of your poll, when to display, and how long it displays. Once responses have been received, use the Quick Polls Properties box to view all results, download to Excel, edit, or delete.
The Daily Tips widget is used to display tips which can be fully customized. Share environment or health tips, or company trivia. Add links or other formatting to your tips; show them randomly or sequentially; edit, delete, or reorder tips as needed; and change the current tip by the hour, day, or week.
The Message Box widget is a versatile widgetwith a full html editor which can be used for displaying all kinds of content on your page, including text, links, images, tables - typical content you’d expect to see on any page. The Message Box widget can be scheduled to display for a specific period, then disappear automatically. Learn more about how to use the html editor, including adding links and images.
The Image widget is used for a custom image of your choice. Use this widget to display a solo image such as a logo, to just add graphic interest to a page or to link to a website. This is the one widget which by default doesn’t have a border, so the image will show on its own. After uploading the image you can leave it at its default original size, or resize to custom dimensions.
The Flash Embed widget is used for adding a custom flash filefor animation or activity which can be displayed within the widget.
Add a quick search widget for users to search for content. Choose whether to search within the department site for people only, content only, or both options. This widget is available only on a department site.
The Image Slider widget is used to display large-scale rotating images. You can control the number of images, how long they display for, how long to transition between images, links for each image, and the size of the images. Click Add a new slide, choose the file, add a link if desired, and click Add; repeat as necessary. Click and drag to reorder your images as you like, then click Save Widgets to finalize.
Content Feed Widgets
Content Feed widgets allow you to show content from other parts of your intranet. Widgets include the following:
The Application Feed widget displays recently published content from one or more similar applications based on publish date. Items don't have to be advertised to appear in this widget, they just have to be published (i.e. saved). The widget can also be used to only show information from certain folders, categories, authors, etc. There are different display options depending on the application you target.
Use this to embed a mini-calendar showing events in a calendar or show recently published documents added to specific folders. Keep in mind when you choose an App to display that the majority are included under the choice Appbuilder, and that you have to click the edit pencil to reveal sub-folder options.
With this widget, you can display recent posts from one or multiple intranet blogs. Choose the number of posts and characters to display, and whether to include a photo with the display.
What's New Feed
The What's New widget displays a list of advertised items from all applications across the site. This is a great way to show your employees new items that have been recently published on the intranet.
When publishing content, checking the 'Advertise to' box before clicking Publish sends the item to What's New; checking the 'Do Not Advertise' box avoids this. Item display is based on advertise and archive dates, and the number of items displayed can be adjusted as needed. Note that if this widget is on a department page, it will only show advertised items from applications within that department.
Site Widget Feed
The Site Widget Feed lets a department site owner publish a widget from their home page directly to the main intranet Home Page. You can use this to provide limited ability to update a specific Home Page area without providing the user full Site Designer or Site Administrator rights. This widget is available only on the main intranet home site.
Manage a task list for your site by creating tasks, emailing users, marking them complete, or editing and deleting them as required. You can control which users and groups can view the tasks in this widget. Once you’ve added the widget, mouse over to the right and click the small green + to add tasks. The edit pencil beside each task can then be used to manage existing tasks. This widget is available only on a department site.
User Widgets show information which is specific to individual intranet users.
Provide a login widget on the homepage with a username and password field. This is only applicable if your site allows anonymous access.
The My Profile widget shows the user their profile including their picture, limited contact details such as their title, and quick shortcuts to profile features like alerts and bookmarks.
Read Confirm Reminders
This widget that shows the user documents that require their read and agree confirmation, which can be useful for policy or HR documents. When adding this widget, you can either choose Call to Action (i.e. an alert box showing the number of items a user needs to read with a link to their personal dashboard), or Detail View (i.e. lists the linked items the user needs to read and confirm). Learn more about Read & Confirm.
Connect intranet users by sharing their information with coworkers.
The Birthday widget shows employee birthdays, with the options of displaying staff from a specific department and/or location, days in advance, and number of birthdays. If you’d rather not show employees’ ages, under Admin > Directory > Manage Fields scroll down to Birthday and check the box “hide the birthday year for all users”; this will affect birthdays throughout the intranet, not just in the widget.
The Anniversary widget shows employees who have upcoming anniversaries, which can include the number of years they’ve been with the organization. Users can send email or wall post congratulations.
The Live Chat widget puts a chat widget on the page, and lets you select specific departments or users who can access that widget. This widget is great for inserting into Department sites where employees who are part of that Department can chat between themselves. Note that Chat must be turned on both for the intranet (under Admin) and for the selected employees in order to use this widget. Learn more about Chats.
The Employee Profile widget can be used to feature one (or many) specific employees, members of certain departments, or welcome new hires. You can choose whether to display employees at random, and to include their job description, personal information, or photo.
The Status Updates widget is used for displaying the most recent status updates from your employees, which they made directly in their profile; learn more about Employee Profiles. Options include showing only status icons, showing only specific statuses such as out or sick, and limiting the number of statuses shown.
The Wall Posts widget is used to display recent content from employees’ Walls; learn more about Employee Walls. When creating this widget you have the option to select specific users or departments to display content. You can also Strip HTML, so any custom HTML will be removed from the post, saving some display space.
External Content Widgets
External Content widgets display content which is external to the intranet.
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, and refers to news services available on the web that you can subscribe to. The RSS Feed widget is used for displaying content from an RSS Feed. Enter the address of the feed, how many articles you’d like displayed, how often you want the Feed refreshed, and how big you want the widget. Note that the more Feeds you display, the longer it will take the page to load.
The Weather widget is used for displaying the current Weather Underground forecast for a specific location. The weather updates every 15 minutes.
The Exchange Synchronization widget displays a list of calendar events from shared calendars in your Exchange web server. An intranet Admin who handles the technical aspects of the intranet must alter some settings in order to allow this widget to function properly.