Feather widgets are standard MVC widgets that you can find in the widget toolbox. You place the widgets on any page or template to add specific content or functionality.
Each Feather widget provides you with options to configure the widget's preferences in the user interface. For example, the News widget has options for selecting which news to display, how to sort them, and how many news items are rendered on the page. Following is an example of how the options dialog looks like:
As a frontend developer, Feather enables you to control the rendered HTML and modify the markup of Feather widget templates according to your preferences.
All Feather widget templates are located in the ResourcePackages folder in the root of your project. There is a dedicated folder for the Bootstrap framework, supported by Feather.
For more information about frontend frameworks, see Feather: Resource packages overview.
RECOMMENDATION: When modifying a widget template, to make upgrades easier, we recommend that you do not change the default widget templates. If you need to make changes to a default template, it is generally better to create a new template altogether by duplicating the original template. Only after, you modify and make changes to the duplicated template.
RECOMMENDATION: We recommend that you store the widget templates in your resource package. For information about file priorities, see Feather: Priorities for resolving views.
To edit widget templates, you do not need to open the file in Visual Studio and build the project and replace .dll files. You only need to edit the markup of the widget.
In the following example, you are using the Bootstrap package and you modify the markup of the News widget. To do so:
As a result, the template of the News widget is changed.
From the backend
To create a new widget template for the Login form widget in the backend:
<type of widget>
NOTE: The name of your template must start with <type of widget>.
EXAMPLE: If you are creating a template for Login form widget, choose LoginForm (MVC) and start your template name with LoginForm. Once you create the new template, you can use it when you open the Login form widget for editing.
In the file system
The following example demonstrates how to create new widget template when you are using the Bootstrap package:
NOTE: The view name is the name that is used for the file and how it is displayed in the backend.
You can also create a new widget template by adding it directly into the file system:
EXAMPLE: If you are creating a template for Login form widget, create a LoginForm folder. IncludeLoginWidget in the name of your new view file.
As a result, you can see the new widget template in the widget designer when you expand the Template dropdown menu:
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