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  • Resolved matt Pollack


    I’m building my first wordpress website (with genesis)

    So far I have included widgets in the following places:

    1) custom menu for header right

    I need to place the following widgets in my theme:

    A) A widget area in front-page.php for the main slider
    B) Widget area in left column, for search, in front-page.php
    C)Widget area in right column, for newsletter subscription, in front-page.php
    D) 6 widgets in the footer, for the following:
    – Contact us text
    – Google map ‘how to get here’
    – Our registration number
    – Place for an image- advert
    – download free ebook
    – learn more- 4 navigation links

    How can I reduce the number of widgets needed? Would could I use instead? The administrator will need to be able to edit contact us, the image, ebook etc .


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  • Chris Barrett


    Widgets are convenient ways to insert blocks of standardized code into your site. In many cases, they are mini-programs that process a specific routine or are generated via a plugin.

    Alternatives would be using a shortcode equivalent of the widget (if offered, but that’s basically the same thing as widget), or writing the html code yourself (if possible based on what the widget does), in a text widget. If you are writing the code yourself, such as to generate a Google Map or create a hyperlink to a free ebook, you could combine the content into a single text widget.

    Thank-you that makes sense!

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