Widgets have properties that you set per widget and that modify the functionality of the particular widget. If you want to display blog posts using the Blog posts widget, you need to tell the widget which blog to use, how many posts to display on one page, and how to display them. You configure a widget through its widget designer, that is, in the Edit mode of widgets. Additionally, you can predefine the properties of any type of widget, so that once dropped on the page, the widget is preconfigured and ready to use. For more information, see Set predefined values for widget properties.
You can configure a widget in two ways:
To open and use the widget designer:
To switch between Simple and Advanced modes, use the button in the lower-right corner of the widget.
А widget designer is an AngularJs module, in which each view has an AngularJs controller. By default, Sitefinity CMS exposes all public properties available in the widget controller, so they can be edited through the widget’s designer. All of these properties are available in $scope.properties of the AngularJs controller. When you edit any of these properties and save the designer, your changes are persisted in the database. Using $scope.properties enables you to bind properties of the widget directly in your designer view template without writing any additional code. The property service object enables you to get all widget controller properties and use them in the widget designer controller.
Controllers are separate components, so can be easily reused between views.
For more information, see AngularJs and AngularJs Scopes.
Widget designers load a predefined AngularJs controller that handles populating and saving of widget properties through the designer. If you want to modify this default AngularJs controller, you can extend the designer with additional client logic. For more information, see Extend default widget designers.
When working with or extending default widget designers and your designer views use only client components:
For more information, see Client components.
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