Getting started with Magento widgets

Magento widgets allow the administrator of the store with no technical knowledge to easily add dynamic content (for example, including product data) to the pages in Magento stores.

The following screenshot represents the Magento widget logo:

In this way, you can add the following dynamic content into the website through the administrator panel:

  • Dynamic product data and information in CMS pages
  • Promotional images to position in different CMS blocks
  • External elements and action blocks such as subscription forms or videos
  • Social media sharing links

We have already learned how to integrate social media buttons into our theme in the product page in Chapter 6, Making the Theme Socially Ready. Now we are going to create a simple widget that inserts the social sharing icons into CMS pages within a few seconds, without having programming knowledge.

Source: Sacca Andrea (2014), Mastering Magento theme design, Packt Publishing; Illustrated edition.

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