With Widget Wrangler Tricks, we will introduce useful things you can do with the new Widget Wrangler that maybe have slipped by your attention.
You can put Widgets directly onto your page now, and you can manipulate them however you would manipulate page elements. Now, you may wonder why this would even be useful – after all, you could always just add the same content as would be in the widget directly to the page. However, what if you want to have a very special place to put your site’s calendar, without having to do custom theming? Let’s take a look at that.
First, let’s clone a copy of your wordpress calendar. This is very easy to do in Widget Wrangler. All you have to do is go to “Copy WP Widget” in your Widget Wrangler menu. This will bring up a list of all the default & contributed widgets on your site. Choose the calendar, give it an appropriate name, and click “Create.”
As mentioned before, you can obviously do as much as you want with the built-in WYSIWYG editor, but there are limitations to what you can accomplish based on your coding experience. Not everyone who downloads wordpress to use as a blog or basic site can use php code to get exactly the results on a page they see in their head. However, with Widget Wrangler, you don’t have to. You can just insert your Widgets directly onto the page. Just make sure you have the tinyMCE Shortcode Button option enabled in your Widget Wrangler settings. Now, when you edit a page, you will see the WidgetWrangler plugin on the edit page. Click on that to show a drop down of all your widgets. When you click on one of the widgets, it will put the shortcode for that widget in whatever spot your cursor is presently located. As you can see in the below images, I have inserted the widget (and another one that I created, called Newsletter Signup) into a table, displayed between two separate paragraphs.
Hopefully this will be useful to you! Check back often for more Widget Wrangler tricks.