Blog Articles widget

Use the Blog Articles widget to aggregate and display articles from multiple blog channels on a page or space. The Blog Articles widget displays articles in chronological order.

The Blog Articles widget on a page.

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Access and content visibility

This widget can display content from connected channels. However, users will only see content that they have at least Read access to.

Set up

Follow these steps to set up this widget:

  1. Place a  Blog Articles widget on a page, space, or dashboard. For more information, see Placing and setting up a widget
  2. Select the placed widget's Edit button.
  3. Review and make changes to the settings on the Options, Layout, and Appearance tabs. You can find details about the widget's settings in the Settings section below.
  4. In the widget editor, select Update to apply your changes or Cancel to discard them.  
  5. At the bottom of your page, space, or dashboard, select Publish or Save as Draft to save your changes.

Settings

Setting Description
Title Enter a title for the widget. The title appears as a heading above the widget's contents. You should use the title to provide context to the widget and better structure a page's content by clearly denoting different sections.

When entering a title, you do so only for your currently selected language. If your digital workplace supports multiple languages, you should select  Translation and enter a title for each supported language.  

This field can contain a maximum of 140 characters.
Title Link Enter the URL of a location in your digital workplace. Users who select the widget's title, if it has one, will go to this location. Whether you enter the link as a relative URL or an absolute URL does not matter, it will convert to an absolute URL the next time you edit the widget.
Description

Enter a description for the widget. The description appears between the title and the widget's contents. You can use this text to provide information to users about the widget.

When entering a description, you do so only for your currently selected language. If your digital workplace supports multiple languages, you should select  Translation and enter a description for each supported language.

Source(s)

Select from which blog channel(s) the widget displays content.

Access rules determine what users will see when configuring and viewing the widget: 

  • Users who are configuring this widget will only see channels to which they have at least Read access. Users can still select blog channels that they don't have access to by selecting groups of blog channels (see step 4 of adding sources below).
  • Users who view the published widget will only see content from a blog channel if they have at least Read access to that content.

To add sources:

  1. Select add source(s).
  2. Select the Blogs tab.
  3. Search for a blog channel by its name or a portion of its URL. This search will return up to 100 results and include the pages and spaces that contain a blog channel that matches the search query.
  4. Select a blog channel from the list of search results. In addition to selecting sources individually, you can select groups of blog channels:
    • Select the All option to select all blog channels in your digital workplace.
    • Select pages or spaces to select all blog channels below that location.
  5. Repeat this process until you have added all your sources, and then select Done.

To remove sources:

  1. Select add source(s).
  2. While on the Selected tab, unselect the source(s) that you want to remove.
  3. Select Done.
Number of results Enter the maximum number of results to increment by, and to display initially. You must enter a value between 1 and 99. If there are additional items to display, users can select the Load More link found at the bottom of the feed to load additional results.
Show add link Select to add an Add Article button to the widget. Only users with at least Write access to any of the connected blog channels can see this button. Users can select this button to add content to blog channels to which they have at least Write access.
Show follow icon Select to add a  Follow button to the widget. Users can select this button to subscribe to all channels displayed in the widget to which they have at least Read access.
Options tab
Setting Description
View

Select how the widget displays blog articles. Options include:

  • Full: Use when the widget occupies multiple columns on a page. Allows for additional customization options.
  • Compact: Use when the widget occupies a narrow side column.
Image Position

Select how an article's image is displayed in the widget's feed. Display options include:

  • None: Display no image. Compact view only.
  • Inline: Display the first image in an article will be displayed in the feed. Full view only. 
  • Beside: Display images next to an article. If an article has a defined featured image, the widget will display the feature image. Otherwise, the first image in an article will be displayed in the feed.
  • Above: Display images above an article. If an article has a defined featured image, the widget will display the feature image. Otherwise, the first image in an article will be displayed in the feed.

For more information on how featured images get displayed in different, see Blog Articles (Options: Article Feature Image).

Feed style

This option is only available if the View is Full and the Image Position is Beside or Above.

Select how articles are displayed in the widget's feed. Options include:

  • Continuous
  • Cards

See Layout option examples.

No image available

This option is only available if the View is Full and the Image Position is Beside or Above.

Select what to display if an article has no image. Options include:

  • Show nothing
  • Show workplace logo
  • Show uploaded default image (Selecting this option provides the ability to upload a default image to the current widget. The max file size for this image is 1MB, and only the following image types are valid: JPG, PNG, GIF, SVG, and BMP)
Card style

This option is only available if the Feed style is Card.

Select to display an outline around article cards.

Image alignment

This option is only available if the View is Full and the Image Position is Beside.

Select how an image is displayed relative to its article. Options include:

  • Left
  • Right
  • Alternating
Number column

This option is only available if the View is Full, the Image Position is Beside, and the Feed Style is Cards.

Show pinned items

This option is only available if the View is Full.

Select to keep pinned content at the top of the widget's feed.

Advanced Options

These options are only available if the View is Full.

Select which article metadata to display in the widget. Options include:

  • Actions Button
  • Author
  • Body
  • Channel
  • Comments
  • Date
  • Likes
  • Summary
  • User Photo
  • Views
Layout tab
Setting Description
Class Enter CSS class selectors to provide additional styling to the widget. For more information, see Applying custom CSS to widgets.
Height Select the height of the widget. Options include:
  • Auto: The leftmost slider position. The height of the widget will increase and decrease to contain what it is displaying.
  • Fixed: Select a fixed height between 50px to 600px in increments of 50px. A vertical scrollbar will appear on the widget if the content exceeds this fixed value.
Appearance tab

Note

Your digital workplace's theme overwrites many of the settings on the Appearance tab. However, the settings listed above are usable.

Layout option examples

Full View with images Inline of Blog Article content:

Example showing Full View with images Inline of Blog Article content.

Full View with images alternating Beside Blog Article content. Blog Articles are displayed in a Continuous Feed:

Example showing Full View with images alternating Beside Blog Article content. Blog Articles are displayed in a Continuous Feed.

Full View with images alternating Beside Blog Article content. Blog Articles are displayed in as Cards:

Example showing Full View with images alternating Beside Blog Article content. Blog Articles are displayed in as Cards.

Full View with images Above Blog Article content. Blog Articles are displayed in a Continuous Feed:

Example showing Full View with images Above Blog Article content. Blog Articles are displayed in a Continuous Feed.

Full View with images Above Blog Article content. Blog Articles are displayed as Cards across 3 columns:

Example showing Full View with images Above Blog Article content. Blog Articles are displayed as Cards across 3 columns.

Compact View with no images from Blog articles displayed:

Example showing Compact View with no images from Blog articles displayed.

Compact View with images displayed beside Blog Article content:

Example showing Compact View with images displayed beside Blog Article content.

Compact View with images displayed above Blog Article content:

Example showing Compact View with images displayed above Blog Article content.

Image sizes

Keep in mind the following when referencing sizing tables:

  • Images are responsive to changes in browser width. Reducing the width of the browser window will reduce the width provided to images within the Blog Articles widget.
  • At narrow browser window widths, images using the Beside layout will appear above the blog article.
  • Inline configuration has not been included as the product does not affect the image size in this configuration unless an extra wide image is uploaded, in which case, the widget will crop (not scale) the image to the width of the widget.
  • Card style sizes have been determined with the “outline” configuration turned on; if turned off, the absence of the outline adds approximately 4px to the image container width.
  • Any image sizes labelled “variable” refers to configurations where the widget sets the height of the image displayed depending on the height of the image uploaded.

1100px site width

Position

Layout

Width (px)

Height (px)

Full Page Width

Beside > Continuous

180

180

Beside > Card

200

variable

Above > Continuous

1100

140

Above > Cards > 1 Column

1100

140

Above > Cards > 2 Column

534

140

Above > Cards > 3 Column

347

140

Two Column

Beside > Continuous

180

180

Beside > Card

200

variable

Above > Continuous

860

140

Above > Cards > 1 Column

856

140

Above > Cards > 2 Column

414

140

Above > Cards > 3 Column

235

108

Middle Column

Beside > Continuous

180

180

Beside > Card

200

variable

Above > Continuous

620

140

Above > Cards > 1 Column

616

140

Above > Cards > 2 Column

294

140

Above > Cards > 3 Column

187

140

Approximate image sizes

1400px site width

Position

Layout

Width (px)

Height (px)

Full Page Width

Beside > Continuous

180 180

Beside > Card

200 variable

Above > Continuous

1400 140

Above > Cards > 1 Column

1400 140

Above > Cards > 2 Column

684 140

Above > Cards > 3 Column

447 140

Two Column

Beside > Continuous

180 180

Beside > Card

200 variable

Above > Continuous

1160 140

Above > Cards > 1 Column

1160 140

Above > Cards > 2 Column

564 140

Above > Cards > 3 Column

367 140

Middle Column

Beside > Continuous

180 180

Beside > Card

200 variable

Above > Continuous

920 140

Above > Cards > 1 Column

916 140

Above > Cards > 2 Column

444 140

Above > Cards > 3 Column

287 140
Approximate image sizes

1600px site width

Position

Layout

Width (px)

Height (px)

Full Page Width

Beside > Continuous

180 180

Beside > Card

200 variable

Above > Continuous

1600 140

Above > Cards > 1 Column

1596 140

Above > Cards > 2 Column

784 140

Above > Cards > 3 Column

513 140

Two Column

Beside > Continuous

180 180

Beside > Card

200 variable

Above > Continuous

1360 140

Above > Cards > 1 Column

1356 140

Above > Cards > 2 Column

664 140

Above > Cards > 3 Column

433 140

Middle Column

Beside > Continuous

180 180

Beside > Card

200 variable

Above > Continuous

1120 140

Above > Cards > 1 Column

1116 140

Above > Cards > 2 Column

544 140

Above > Cards > 3 Column

353 140
Approximate image sizes