Why This New Website Rocks: Widgets

What’s a Widget?

Wid•get
/ˈwijit/
noun informal
In computing: an application, or a component of an interface, that enables a user to perform a function or access a service.


If you’re reading this post on a desktop computer, look to the right side of your screen. See the features over there, like search and categories? Those are widgets. They’re tools to serve information to our users in a way that’s easily digestible and—equally important—pretty!

The current sjcme.edu makes limited use of widgets. Beyond the occasional embedded slideshow, text comprises the majority of the current site. Photos and videos are interspersed throughout as well, of course, but we don’t have much variety in the ways we can display them. That’s all changing.

With Saint Joseph’s new site, our arsenal of tools for serving content is vast. We have over 20 widgets at our disposal, all built specifically to fit our content and look great on our site.

Below are examples of the most common widgets you’ll see on the new site.

Image Widget

Image Widget

Tab Widget

Tab Widget

Icon Widget

Icon Widget

FAQ Widget

FAQ Widget

We think our new widgets make for a spectacular site, and we’re excited for you to see them in action soon.