WordPress: Configuring Widgets

The theme includes a number of EckoThemes exclusive widgets which can be used within widget areas throughout the theme such as the sidebars and drawer sections. Access to these widgets require that the 'Ecko Plugin' plugin is installed and activated.

Setup and configuration of widgets can be done via the WordPress dashboard under the 'Appearance' -> 'Widgets' section. The theme will enable default widgets if no widgets are configured.

Twitter Widget

The 'Ecko Plugin' includes a Twitter widget which allows you to display your latest tweets. This requires configuration of a Twitter application to provide the theme permissions to read your latest tweets. The below step-by-step guide will walk you through configuring a Twitter application and connecting the widget.

  1. Sign into the Twitter Application Site with your Twitter account.
  2. Select the 'Create New App' button.
  3. Complete the required form fields. The 'Callback URL' can be left blank.
  4. Once the app is created, select 'Keys and Access Tokens' from the tabbed navigation.
  5. Select 'Create my access token' found at the bottom of the page.
  6. In a new tab, navigate to your WordPress dashboard and into the 'Appearance' -> 'Widgets' section.
  7. Add the 'Ecko Twitter' widget to your desired sidebar section and complete the details. The API Key, API Key Secret, Access Token and Access Token Secret can be found on your newly created Twitter application page.
  8. Save your changes to this widget. Your Twitter feed should now appear on the chosen sidebar/drawer.

Ensure all API credentials have been entered correctly before saving. The Twitter Feed is cached for performance reasons, if you are receiving errors after ensuring your API credentials have been entered correctly please allow time for the cache to expire (which may take upto two hours).

Subscription Widget

The 'Ecko Subscription' widget adds support for MailChimp mailing list subscriptions for your visitors. More information on how to obtain a MailChimp emebed code can be found within the 'Theme Features' section.

If you require any further assistance or have any questions be sure to let us know by submitting a new ticket, and we will be happy to assist.