Chapter 11. Extras - Widgets & Chat
There are many additional features thay are available for your website via
the use of Widgets. Think of these as little programs that dd cool features to your
website without really being part of your site, which means you can add them change
them and take them away whenever you like. Some widgets are more like mini-applications,
an example of which is the Calendar which lets you create a schedule and keep track
of appointments and can also show your websites visitors this information so they
can keep track of the schedule as well. Some other widgets are for adding content
to your site like the Online Photo Widget which can help you quickly build up a
photo packed website for any topic you type into it. Try them all and see which
ones you like. For the sake of illustration we will show you the functionality of
the CALENDAR WIDGET so you can see how a typical Widget is can be used to add more
functionality to your website.
To add a Widget, please select it from the
ADD MORE CONTENT
list which is available on your Home Page (once you have logged in).
Once you click the control you will see the following screen which shows the currently
available Widget catalog. Click the CheckBox next to the Widget you want to add
to your Home Page. Click the ADD button and then the CLOSE button once you are done.
There are 2 list that you need to pay attention to when adding or removing Widgets
and those are the CATALOG OF ADDITIONAL WIDGETS
(ones that are NOT by default open on your website and the number of different types
available) and the CATALOG OF STANDARD WIDGETS YOU CLOSED (ones that ARE open to
your website by default and the number of different types available).
Once you are done adding or deleting Widgets to your site you will need to click
the END CUSTOMIZATIONS control link to go back
to normal editing mode.
One of the most powerful and fun features of your website comes to you in the form
of VIDEO CHAT (available on your CONTACT PAGE or as a Widget). That means that you have the
capability to see who you are talking to without downloading or configuring anything.
Cool, free and beats whatever you use now. Try it.
To use the instant VIDEO CHAT (available on some networks) you simply click the OPEN
VIDEO CHAT link next to the Camera icon on top of the CONTACT FORM to begin.
Next click the ALLOW button. Your microphone will be turned on and you
camera will start.
NOTE: You will need the latest version of FLASH for your browser.
Click the link to get the latest version and install it.
NOTE: Your camera and microphone need to actually be in working
order to use this feature.
The next screen will show you what your camera is broadcasting.
Woot! Instant Video Chat, with Text and Sound and a LOT of other features. NO DOWNLOAD
OR INSTALL NEEDED! We will let you figure out how many people can connect to the
same session (lets just say "more than two"). As others join,
they will show up in another viewing window.