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How to make a wordpress page an editable widget and add it to the sidebar?

Posted on 2011-09-08
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Good afternoon,

I would like to know how to make a page as a sidebar widget in wordpress.  I have a table that needs to be editable but appears in the sidebar.  I am converting a site to wordpress.  If you look at www.madisonassets.co.zm, you will see the economic indicators.  I need to make that an editable widget, where the admin users just update the values in the table.  I also need to do the same for stock exchange ticker and currency indicators.  Please advise soonest.  Thanks experts, awaiting your response.
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Question by:Kasonde Neddy
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by:Jason C. Levine
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Hi kasondeneddy,

WordPress has a pre-defined Text widget that can render HTML, so you could just use that.
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by:Kasonde Neddy
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That is fine, but I wanted to make it easily editable for the person managing the website.  As in, the widget should be editable like a page. Make sense?
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by:Jason C. Levine
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Ah, sorry I misunderstood.

You can use this plugin: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/query-posts/

Might have to tweak it slightly, but it works.
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by:Kasonde Neddy
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Thanks,  any advice on how to actually use this widget to create , say a table in html with values, and make it easily editable in wordpress?  Confused as to how the query posts will actually work.  For example,  I need user to be able to update latest currency indicators..e.g. update dollar rate on a daily basis as well as other currencies.  Hope you understand what I am trying to do.   If you look at www.madisonassets.co.zm, you have a table in the right section, economic indicators...for example.  I need that table editable in wordpress, and it goes in the sidebar in wordpress.  
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Jason C. Levine earned 2000 total points
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The plugin allows you to create a widget that is based on post content.  You can tweak the widget to make it look at a page if you prefer but a post should be fine for this purpose.

So you create a post with the content you want to display (use HTML mode to generate the tables initially, not the visual editor) and then use the plugin to make it into a widget.  Your users can then edit the post to update the content in the widget.  

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by:Kasonde Neddy
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Hi ,

That seems to have worked, though now I am getting the title and category appearing, and the CSS not rendering...I guess I need to strip the widget, but confused as to how to do so...Can I attach my theme and show you what I am trying to do? Then you can compare with live site? I will also attach the .sql of my wordpress in localhost.
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by:Kasonde Neddy
ID: 36509116
Hi Got it to work!!!Thanks a milliion, query posts worked fine :-) Using pages though instead of posts, just tweaked the settings. Thanks Jason1178!! Great stuff!  Now to my next task..
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by:Kasonde Neddy
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Was lead in the right direction and query posts is the solution I was looking for....
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by:Jason C. Levine
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Great!  Glad you got it working.
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