The Announcements widget’s purpose is to publish announcements that shouldn’t be on events.wfu.edu, our University Calendar.
If you have announcements that are not open to the general public or only for a specific audience, then it makes sense to use this widget instead of the more robust University Events Feed widget.
Announcements are different from Department Events because Announcements don’t display a date and you can make them “sticky”.
To begin building your Announcements widget you’ll need to create posts to populate the widget. Create the posts by navigating here: WordPress sidebar > Announcements and then click the Add New Announcement button.
Begin by adding the title of your post that will be displayed on the widget. Then under Date to publish to website choose the date on the date picker that you’d like to schedule the announcement to begin showing on your website.
Next, under Date to remove from website you will schedule when the announcement should be removed from your website. Your announcements can link to a Detail Page, an Internal Page or External Page. If you’d like for the event to link to a Detail Page then add your desired text under the Description field.
If you would like your announcement to link to an Internal Page (another page on your own site) or External Page (a page on another site) then choose that option from the dropdown and add your desired link.
Now, click Publish on the left side of the post to publish or schedule your announcement. Now that you have at least one post for your Announcements widget to pull in you can now add the widget to a page.
To create a new Announcement widget, navigate here: WordPress sidebar > Widgets > Add New > Announcements (from the dropdown). When creating a new widget, add your internal name for the widget that will appear in the content builder in your pages.
Widget Title is the publically displayed title for your widget and the Pick announcements to override default display of most recent posting first lets you create “sticky” announcements that pin to the top of your widget, overriding all date settings. Note: As your posts expire (as set on Date to remove from website in your post) they will no longer be displayed on your widget unless you set them to be “sticky”.
Now click Publish in the right WordPress menu. Your new widget will be available in the widget dropdown in the content builder in your pages. If you are making a change to the content of an existing widget, then click Update in the right WordPress menu and your changes will appear on all pages containing the widget without further steps.