Inline Widgets

The inline widgets plugin lets you embed any widget into the content of a post or page.

The term “Inline Widget” may initially be confusing because the plugin in named for where it is used rather that what it does. This is nonetheless appropriate because a secondary action is required before widgets so categorized can be fully used.

Inline widgets setup

In the Semiologic jargon, panels describe the locations for widgets. In the Semiologic theme, the use of widgets in Semiologic Pro is not limited to sidebars as it is in WordPress.

In Appearance / Widgets, scroll down the dropdown menu on the right side of the page under Current Widgets and select “Inline Widgets”. After clicking “Show”, the widgets currently selected for this panel will be listed.

If this is your first visit to this panel it will, by default, have no widgets in the list, unless you’ve just installed Semiologic Pro.

From there, select and add the widgets that you might want to insert into a post or page from the list on the left side of the page and configure them. For instance, a contact form widget, newsletter widgets, text widgets (e.g. About this author). The limit is your imagination.

Using the Inline Widget in Post and Pages

Upon populating, configuring, and saving, all of the listed widgets will be available for use in your posts and pages. If you recall, a secondary action is required before any of the Inline Widgets will actually appear in your content.

When composing or editing a post or page, that secondary action is accomplished by selecting the desired widget from a dropdown menu. The dropdown is identified by a label, “Widget”, located on the last line of the visual editor. When inserted, widgets will appear as blue rectangles in the content area while creating or editing your post or page, but will appear properly using the selected widget contexts when published.

Inline widgets is a very powerful feature and is exclusive to Semiologic Pro.