We call widget is a piece of dynamic content coming from the network and different every time it’s used, for example a finance quotation, a RSS newsfeed content, the list of your todoist daily tasks, or any fields from any API.
In this article we’ll explain how to create a widget, and how you can use it to compose a dynamic content that will be used for example for a email or blog post.
How to add a new widget (example with Bitcoin value)
Click on Finance widgets on the left and then “Add“.
Choose the conversion from any cryptocurrency (all of them, alphabetically listed), ordinary currencies (GBP, EUR…), and metals (Gold, Silver) into any currency. For example you can display the value of Gold in GBP, Euros in Dollars, or Ripple in Swiss Francs.
The widget allows you to add content before and after the value if you want, useful if you want to add a prefix or customise the display. To verify the output, click on the “Preview” link.
Click save and give it a meaningful short name, e.g. BTC-to-USD. In next section you’ll see how you can use it.
How to use and combine widgets
All the widgets can be reused for actions that require content (e.g. e-email or WordPress blog posts). You can of course have only a static content, but in case your action is mainly about content, you can have many of those dynamic content pieces (widgets) in a single email or blog post. No other online tools let you easily do that at the moment, apart from specific expensive WordPress plugins or email marketing tools.
When you create or edit an action that needs content, you’ll see the widgets below. You can click or drag and drop them into the content, and also generate a preview if needed. If this rule was a mail, all the widgets will be replaced by real content, in this example the real content starts with “Bitcoin is currently worth $54,018.29 …”