A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a unique function. Widgets can then be added to widget-ready areas of the theme called widget sections. Unicom has some pre-made widget sections are ready to use. Widgets are a great way to further customize your site.

 


Widget vs Widget Section

It’s important to understand the difference between a widget and a widget section. Please see the below information to help understand the difference between the two.

Widget – A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a unique function. Unicom includes several custom widgets such as the Affa Posts Tab, Affa Recent Posts, Affa Subscribe and Affa WooCommerce Sorting. In addition, there are several default widgets that WordPress includes such as Recent Posts or Recent Comments. Widgets will always go inside a widget section.

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Widget Sections – A Widget Section is a container that holds widgets. Widgets must go inside a widget section to be able to display on the site. Unicom includes 6 pre-made widget sections (Page Sidebar, Shop Sidebar, Footer 1 Column, Footer 2 Columns, Footer 3 Columns, Footer 4 Columns). It’s a great way to customize your site.

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Pre-made Widget Section

Pre-made widget section are readily created widget sections for certain areas of the theme. Therefore, you don’t need to create a widget section for them, you can simply add widgets to the pre-made widget sections directly. (Footer 1 Column, Footer 2 Columns, Footer 3 Columns, Footer 4 Columns) have pre-made widget sections based on the number of columns you choose to display. You can set how many columns to display for the footer in the ‘WordPress Dashboard > Theme Options > Layout > Footer’ panel.

The 6 Widget Ready Sections in Unicom
  • Footer 1 Column – You can assign widgets to the footer area and displayed into 1 column.
  • Footer 2 Columns – You can assign widgets to the footer area and displayed into 2 columns.
  • Footer 3 Columns – You can assign widgets to the footer area and displayed into 3 columns.
  • Footer 4 Columns – You can assign widgets to the footer area and displayed into 4 columns.
  • Page Sidebar – You can assign widgets to the sidebar area in all pages.
  • Shop Sidebar – You can assign widgets to the sidebar area in shop page.

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Assigning Footer Columns Section

You can enable footer columns and select how many to display by going to the ‘Unicom > Theme Options > Footer’ panel. You can display up to 4 columns on your footer.

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Adding Widgets To Widget Sections

Unicom includes a wide array of custom widgets in addition to the default widgets WordPress offers. All widgets are found in the ‘WordPress Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets’ menu on your WordPress admin panel. There are various customization options and fields for each individual widget, and they are all self explanatory. You can put as many widgets as you want inside of a widget section. Please read below for information on how to add widgets to widget sections.

How To Add Widgets To Widget Sections

Each widget has their own options which you can customize once you assign them to a widget section.

  • Step 1 – Navigate to the ‘WordPress Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets’ menu to access the list of widgets and widget sections. The left hand side shows all the widgets you can use. The right hand side shows all the different widget sections you can add widgets to.
  • Step 2 – Simply drag and drop the widget you’d like to add into your chosen widget section on the right side.
  • Step 3 – To rearrange widgets on a widget section, just drag and drop the widgets into the order you’d like.
  • Step 4 – When finished, make sure to click the ‘Save’ button in the widget editing box to save your changes.

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Unicom Built-in Widgets

We have equipped Unicom with several built-in widgets which is well integrated with the theme and you can assign it to all widget sections easily. There are 4 built-in widgets such as the Affapress Posts Tab, Affapress Recent Posts, Affapress Subscribe Form and Affapress WooCommerce Sorting.

 

Affapress Posts Tab

Show the recent, popular posts and recent comments from your site.

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Settings Fields
  • Hide recent posts
  • Recent posts to show
  • Hide popular posts
  • Popular posts to show
  • Hide comments posts
  • Comments to show
  • Show thumbnail

 

Affapress Recent Posts

Show lists of the most recent posts/portfolios.

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Settings Fields
  • Title
  • Post type
  • Posts to show
  • Columns for portfolio
  • Show thumbnail

 

Affapress Subscribe Form

Display the subscribe form in widget area.

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Settings Fields
  • Title
  • Text
  • Automatically add paragraphs

How to Set-up Mailchimp

  • This subscribe form need integration with MailChimp service. To settings the integration you only need to making a few adjustments in ‘WordPress Dashboard > Theme Options > Extras’ menu then go to ‘Subscribe Settings’ section.
  • You must fill ‘MailChimp API Key’ field and ‘MailChimp List ID’ field to make this widget active.
  • To get ‘MailChimp API Key’ you can follow this link http://admin.mailchimp.com/account/api but before that you have to logged to your Mailchimp account.
  • To get ‘MailChimp List ID’, go to your MailChimp account > select one of the list that has been created > go to Settings menu > List name & defaults.

 

WooCommerce Sorting

Display the woocommerce products sorting in widget area.

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Settings Fields
  • Title