Adding widgets to your Community

Add widgets to your Community to make extra functions available to Community members. You must be a Community owner to add or remove widgets from a Community.

Before you begin

The choice of widgets that you can add to a Community depends on what your administrator makes available. You can add the following types of widgets to communities:

About this task

Widgets are self-contained, HTML-based representations of software applications. When you add an IBM Connections widget to a Community, you create an association between that Community and the widget application. Membership between the Community and the widget application is synchronized, and links to the full widget application are created in the Community so that you can find and work with the full application. A summary of the latest activity is posted on the Community's Overview page, and you can access the full application at any time by clicking the corresponding link in the Community navigation bar.

When you first create a Community, it displays the following widgets by default: Recent Updates, Status Updates, Forums, Bookmarks, Files, and Members.You can customize your Community by adding extra widgets. For example, adding the Wiki widget gives members access to a wiki where they can share files and collaborate on project documents. Adding the Blog widget lets you create a blog for the Community where members can communicate dynamically and stay up-to-date with the latest Community news. The content palette displays the full selection of widgets that your administrator makes available for use in communities.


To add a widget to your Community, complete the following steps.

  1. Log in to IBMConnections and open a community to which you have Owner access.
  2. From the Community Overview page, select Community Actions > Add Apps to open the content palette.
    Note: You can add multiple Gallery widgets to your Community. If you add multiple Galleries, each new Gallery widget appears beneath the previously added Gallery widget. You can change the order of Gallery widgets, by dragging a widget to a new location.
  3. Click a widget to add it to the Community.
  4. Optional: Close the widget palette.


A section that contains the widget is added to the main pane of the Overview page, and a link to the full widget application displays in the Community navigation bar.

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