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Add an admin title to the text box widget

  1. Mandy10
    Member

    I would LOVE it if the text box widget had an "admin title." When you add a text box to the sidebar, you would be able to add in a title/label for what that text box was, such as "Blogher Ad" or "Borders Ad." The title would only be visible to you and not to readers. When you're in the widget dashboard and the sidebars are displayed on the right hand side, you would see the admin title for each text box. This would make it easier to manage the text boxes and it would be immediately obvious which text box was the one you wanted to work on.

    Posted: 4 years ago #
  2. gfmorris
    Member

    12345

    I agree that this would be a great solution. With Text Widgets just being blobs of HTML, users may not remember which is which. Adding a Title helps, but that title becomes user-visible.

    Posted: 4 years ago #
  3. Kinderwagen Berater
    Member

    12345

    I really like this idea. As I have usually many similar looking text boxes, looking for a specific box takes me often some time. A title only visible for the admin would make maintaining the boxes much more easier.

    Posted: 4 years ago #
  4. Jeremy Clarke
    Member

    This identifies a real problem but is the wrong solution. "Admin titles" is overkill and would involve a ton of awkward UI that was ususelss for most people.

    The problem is that all text widgets without titles are labeled as *Text*. The effect is that even though they each have custom content, they are indistinguishable when they are collapsed.

    Contrast this with non-text widgets like 'Categories'. If they have a title it is used, but if not they still have useful generic names. The text widget label is a special problem because people are likely to have many of them in a row, unlike more generic widgets.

    The solution is to show the first few words of the widget content in the heading when the widget is closed. The same way the titles show, ensuring that there is always something to identify a text widget (unless its empty). This way the user can get a sense of what's inside, and in all likelyhood be able to distinguish specific widgets.

    Showing the start of the content would not cause any major problems and would help a lot of people.

    Maybe that should be its own 'idea' though.

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  5. Josefus Flavius
    Member

    Excellent idea and badly needed. I'd go with an ability to name the individual widget on the widget page.

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  6. vytaulla51
    Member

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    I agree this is an excellent idea - either in the initial idea or Jeremy's variation. (Jeremy's variation might be problematic if the first chunk of content is standard html code for something - a form, say - and not specific enough, though.) I'm using WP as a CMS for "regular websites" and come from a background of designing custom websites. I'm used to having different "sidebars" on every page, and learned how to add multiple sidebars to the themes I design for clients.

    Recent project has 9 separate sidebars, and some of those have multiple text widgets in them. When you go the the widgets page you have to open them to figure out which sidebar goes with with page, and then which text widget does what, etc. Being able to label them in some way so that you can tell at a glance what they do and where they are loaded would be really helpful.

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  7. Bob33
    Member

    This would be a most excellent feature.

    I have to go with the label idea. I have one site with a whole bunch of text widgets appearing conditionally on various pages, with different backgrounds, some with text, some without.

    An 'add note' feature would be handy for this situation as there is a bit of data associated with each. But a title would be a very helpful start.

    Something like the reveal ID plugin's functionality (which should be back in the core) would be nice also - an unobtrusive line at the bottom of the widget showing the widget's ID eg "text-9"

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  8. dsolarium
    Member

    I need to be able to identify between 22 different text widgets in the Dashboard / Appearance / Widgets, but even adding a title does not help as collapsed text widgets are all still identically labelled as 'Text'.

    Is there anyway to do this?

    Posted: 2 years ago #
  9. Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)
    Half-Elf Support Rogue & Mod

    I can't reproduce that, dsolarium.

    If I add a title to a text widget, it becomes "Text: <title>"

    Posted: 2 years ago #

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