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What is a widget?

A widget is an add-on that can be created in your Yext dashboard and installed onto your website to sync and display content such as social posts, reviews, and Enhanced Content Lists. Widgets are installed using HTML embed codes or a WordPress plug-in (if applicable). Once installed, Enhanced Content Lists update in real time when changes are submitted in your Location Manager and posts and reviews can be sent directly to your website from our app or your Yext dashboard.

 

Types of Yext Widgets

Social

Use this type of widget to share social posts and reviews onto your website. Your social posts widget is automatically updated to include the most recent posts you created in Yext and you can customize its appearance to match your site. 

Content List

Use this type of widget to add your Enhanced Content Lists on your website. This is a great way to feature your business’ Products & Services, Staff Bios, Menus, and Events on your website. 

How to create a social post widget:

  1. Log into your Yext account at www.yext.com/signin
  2. Click on the "Location Manager" tab from the top grey bar.
  3. Click "Widgets" from the blue banner. 
  4. In the left-hand menu, click "Posts."
  5. Under "Choose your Theme," select one of the available themes.
  6. A live preview of what your widget will look like with the chosen theme appears on the right side of the page.
  7. (Optional) To view or edit specific settings within a theme, such as colors and fonts, click "Advanced." If you make any edits to one of the pre-built themes, the Custom theme is automatically selected. 
  8. Under "Choose your installation method," select one of the following options:
    • WordPress - If you have not already created a widget for WordPress, you are prompted to install the Yext plugin and are given an authentication code. Otherwise, you are given a shortcode that you can embed in your WordPress site, along with your authentication code, in case you need to reinstall the Yext plugin.
    • Embed code - Selecting this option gives you a JavaScript code that you can put anywhere on your website. Simply copy and paste it into your site's HTML code.
    • Send to my webmaster - If you select this option, you are asked to enter or review information in the following fields:
      • From - Your Yext email address automatically appears in this field. You can change it, if necessary. Changing your email address here does not change the email address in your Yext user settings.
      • To - Enter your webmaster's email address in this field. You can only enter one email address. If you need to send the email to multiple people, enter your email address here, and forward the email to whomever needs it.
      • Message - A suggested message automatically appears in this field, but you can edit it to meet your needs. Your message can contain up to 5,000 characters.
      • When you have finished making your edits, click "Send email."

      9. You have successfully created a social posts widget.

How to create Products & Services, Bios, Menus & Events widgets:

  1. Log into your Yext account at www.yext.com/signin.
  2. Click on the "Location Manager" tab from the top grey bar.
  3. Click "Widgets" from the blue banner. 
  4. In the left-hand menu, click on the type of list you would like to install on your website. A "+ Create" button should appear to the right side of the column. 
  5. If you have more than one list of that type, select the list you would like your widget to contain. To create a widget that displays all your lists of the chosen type, select All Product ListsAll BiosAll Calendars, or All Menus.
  6. Under "Choose your Theme," select one of the available themes.
  7. A live preview of what your widget will look like with the chosen theme appears on the right-hand side of the page.
  8. (Optional) To view or edit specific settings within a theme, such as colors and fonts, click "Advanced." If you make any edits to one of the pre-built themes, the Custom theme is automatically selected.
  9. Any changes you make are shown in the live preview on the right-hand side of the page.
  10. Under Choose your installation method, select one of the following options:
    • WordPress - If you have not already created a widget for WordPress, you are prompted to install the Yext plugin and are given an authentication code. Otherwise, you are given a shortcode that you can embed in your WordPress site, along with your authentication code, in case you need to reinstall the Yext plugin.
    • Embed code - Selecting this option gives you a JavaScript code that you can put anywhere on your website. Simply copy and paste it into your site's HTML code.
    • Send to my webmaster - If you select this option, you are asked to enter or review information in the following fields:
      • From - Your Yext email address automatically appears in this field. You can change it, if necessary. Changing your email address here does not change the email address in your Yext user settings
      • To - Enter your webmaster's email address in this field. You can only enter one email address. If you need to send the email to multiple people, enter your email address here, and forward the email to whomever needs it.
      • Message - A suggested message automatically appears in this field, but you can edit it to meet your needs. Your message can contain up to 5,000 characters.
      • When you have finished making your edits, click "Send email."

       11. You have successfully created a widget!



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