Layouts and Widgets


Site Builders are allowed to change the layout of a page and add a different types of widgets in the layout regions in order to organize and feature content. This layout and widget functionality is available on almost every page of an Open Berkeley site.

Your home page is a Landing page populated by widgets, so to edit your home page, you will need to follow the steps in this section to change the layout and edit the widgets.

The Open Berkeley theme is responsive, and will "respond" based on how it is being viewed (via desktop, mobile, or tablet devices). The order in which widgets will stack on top of other widgets when on a smaller mobile/tablet display is pre-determined based on which layout is used.

"Hero" layouts and widgets are only available on Landing pages. See Hero Widget or Color Bands for more information.

Important note: Anyone with the role of Editor or Contributor on your site will not be able to change layouts or edit content added via widgets. To allow them to do so, you may assign them the Widget Editor add-on role.

The Widget Editor Role

Widget Editor is an add-on role that allows contributors or editors to customize layouts and widgets on any page they can edit. (Contributors can only edit content that they have created. Editors can edit any content.) Widget editors must also be assigned either the Editor or Contributor role. If you assign the Widget Editor role by itself, that user will not be able to edit any content.

To assign the Widget Editor role, follow the instructions for managing users. Remember, do not remove the Contributor or Editor role when you assign the Widget Editor add-on role!

We recommend that Widget Editors attend training in order to learn how to customize pages.

Best practices for using layouts and widgets

  • Create your primary content first (your main menu and sub-pages), primarily using the "Content page" content type.
  • After creating your content, use layouts and widgets to enhance the content and structure of your site.
  • When adding widgets to a sub-page, remember that the primary content of the page still exists on that page, and is still accessed from the "Edit" button of the page (see Edit Content from the Editors Guide). Any other widgets added to the sub-page will need to be edited/updated from within their individual regions/widgets.

How to Use Widgets and Layouts

The Site Builder Dashboard includes a Widgets tab that lists all of the widgets that are placed on your site's pages.