Using Widgets

Indexy comes with two widgets that you can use to display additional information in any of your theme’s widget areas.

Glossary Index Widget

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The Glossary Index widget displays a compact, scrollable index that shows a list of glossary articles, sorted by starting letter. Users can click the arrows at the top of the widget to scroll through your glossary, or click any of the letters at the bottom to show all articles with that starting letter.

Using the Glossary Index widget is easy; the only options to pick are the widget’s title, and whether it should include synonyms. However, the widget does require some CSS to style its appearance; you may have to customize Indexy’s stylesheet in order for the Glossary Index widget to look right on your website. The default appearance only works well on themes that use a dark or colored background in the widget area.

Note: if you dont have any glossary articles, the widget will be invisible.

Related Posts Widget

The Related Posts widget provides a list of blog posts that are related to a glossary article. The widget only appears when viewing a glossary article; not on any other pages.

Currently, the Related Posts widget can use one of two methods to find posts that are deemed related to a glossary article:

  • Posts tagged with term or synonyms searches for any posts tagged with the term, or one of its synonyms. Using this method, when someone is viewing the glossary page about Shakespeare, any blog posts that are tagged with ‘Shakespeare’ will be shown in the Related Posts widget.
  • Keyword search searches your blog for posts that contain the term, similar to using the Search function. This method does not require you to manually tag posts. However, due to limitations in WordPress, it can currently only search for posts containing the term, not any of its synonyms.

By default, the Related Posts widget will display up to 10 posts, though you can choose to display however many you like. Posts are shown as a simple unordered list, similar to how WordPress’ standard ‘Recent Posts’ widget works. If you prefer, you can change the appearance of the list using CSS.

 

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