Extend the functionality of the Communities application by adding custom widgets. To make the widgets available for use in Communities, you need to configure the widgets in the widget definition file, widgets-config.xml
™, XML, HTML, and CSS. The widget files are stored on an HTTP server. The widgets can be bundled as EAR applications and deployed on IBM WebSphere
® Application Server. They can also be hosted in LAMP, .NET, and other environments.
You need to register the widgets developed by iWidget developers to make them available for use in IBM
Connections. You do this by configuring the widget attributes defined by the iWidget developer in the widgets-config.xml
You can add three types of custom widget to IBM
This type of widget exists in every community and cannot be removed or hidden. Mandated widgets can exist outside a community, for example, they can show up in a search results page. This type of widget can be placed in any of the three columns on the overview page. Mandated widgets can also be placed in the first column under the tag cloud in Communities. In Communities, the Members widget is a mandated widget.Opened by default
This type of widget displays by default, but can be removed or hidden. It can also be moved to a different location. In Communities, the Forums, Bookmarks, and Files widgets are all opened by default.Optional
This type of widget is not included by default. Optional widgets can be added, removed, hidden, and moved by community owners.
Any widget can be used as a mandated, default, or optional widget.
Enabling custom widgets for CommunitiesParent topic: Administering widgets and remote applications
Adding custom widgets to Profiles
Integrating web applications into IBM Connections
To make custom widgets available for use in Communities, you need to configure the widgets in the widget definition file, widgets-config.xml
Communities widget configuration variables
The following table lists the configuration variables that can be used for the url, navBarLink, helpLink, and item or @value attributes when configuring a third-party widget for integration with Communities. The @value attribute refers to the value attribute in the item of the itemSet configuration elements in the widgets-config.xml