Dynamic tag widget

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Dynamic Tag Widgets (DTW) are widgets whose content and display are dependent on tags. Tags are keywords that can be linked to content, for example news and blog posts, CMS pages or wiki pages. See "Tag management" for more explanation about tags.
DTW is a very advanced application and enables the editors to show content in a very efficient manner and very focused on certain pages. This orientation is important for the user experience, but in the case of public websites, just as important for Search Engine Optimization. After all, the more relevant the content on the page, the higher Google values it.
The possible applications of DTW are described below. Due to the high degree of complexity and consequences for the site performance, it is not recommended to add DTWs without the required knowledge and a clear idea as to what you will do with them.

Step-by-step plan for setting up a DTW of the type "cms_content"

  • Go to tag management and create a tag group, eg "FAQ"
  • Create a tag, make sure the tag is clearly recognizable and specific, eg "faq-java" and set it to "invisible" to prevent this tag from playing a role in the tag cloud widget. Optionally you link this new tag to tag group "FAQ".
  • Go to the CMS and select the page(s) to be displayed in the widget by linking the "faq-java" tag. Sub-items from this CMS page are automatically included in the selection and displayed in the widget.
  • From the tagged CMS page, enter the id in a comma-separated list (this for the CMS Pages whitelist, see below).
  • Go to widget management and create the dynamic tag widget with the following arguments:
  • Block title => optional and cosmetic, may remain empty,
  • Content => cms_content
  • CMS Pages whitelist => page IDs of the pages that can be selected, eg 101,105,109 (only use if CMS Pages blacklist is empty)
  • Limit => do not set it too high, eg 10 (limits up to 10 items in the widget)
  • CMS Pages blacklist => page IDs of the pages from which NOT to be selected (Only to be used if CMS Pages whitelist is empty).
  • Tag group => eg FAQ (this limits the tags from which will be selected, so only tags in this tag group)
  • The widget can then possibly get additional CSS styling and then the widget can be activated.

The widget only appears on pages where there is a so-called tag match, i.e. the active page contains a tag and there are other pages with the same tag. Those other pages have a page ID that is in the CMS Pages whitelist. The active page itself does not appear as a link in the widget. The use of the CMS Pages whitelist or blacklist is optional. Certainly the whitelist method is recommended if multiple DTWs of the same content type are used. It will otherwise be very difficult to keep an overview of a growing number of CMS pages.

Step-by-step plan for setting up a DTW of the type "static_html"

In this case, a specific invisible tag is created with the exclusive purpose of having this DTW appear on pages that have this tag.

  • Go to tag management and create a specific, recognizable tag, eg "LP-productX" (landing page for product X) and set this tag to "invisible".
  • Go to the CMS and select the page (s) that the widget should show by linking the "LP-productX" tag.
  • Go to widget management and create the dynamic tag widget with the following arguments:
  • Block title => optional and cosmetic, may remain empty,
  • Content => static_html
  • HTML content => place in this tab the HTML content as it should be displayed in the widget.
  • The widget can then possibly get additional CSS styling and then the widget can be activated.

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