There are many options for personalizing your kvCORE website: you can change the color theme, what your front page carousels include, what your menu tabs are titled, and much more.
One popular and easy way to personalize your kvCORE website is located at the top of your website settings list and it enables you to change the layout of your homepage widgets.
If you're not familiar with HTML, you will still be able to use the widgets fairly simply without needing any HTML knowledge. There is a big 'CLEAR WEBSITE CONTENT' button if you mess up your site. Getting comfortable with HTML can enhance your website-building experience though!
Keep in mind, if you are an Admin, and wanting to create custom widgets you'll need to get familiar with the website editor and with HTML in order to proceed.
What Are Widgets?
When discussing widgets in this guide, specifically it's referring to the homepage widgets that are displayed on your website.
For more information on website homepage widgets, click here.
The highlighted region above is what shows up by default on your kvCORE website. That section is where you can add pre-made widgets, or append multiple widgets to add them to your page.
A widget is a chunk or a snippet of HTML with (almost) endless possibilities. When it comes to customizing your site, your Admins/Broker can get widgets designed and built, and then you can add them onto the homepage of your personal site if you wish or if you are required to by your brokerage. This makes it very easy to get custom content added.
The design of the widget is entirely open. The advanced website customization article walks through customizing the editable region of the website in detail. You can follow that guide to create a widget if you desire. Essentially, anything that is entered into the editable region can be all or part of a widget.
In the screenshot above, you can see a collection of boxes with image backgrounds. If you changed the text, images, and links, you could save all of the HTML as a widget for future use.
How to Use the Default Widgets
Default widgets are tiles that can be added to your homepage which have calls to action that take users quickly to different parts of your site.
There are 4 different styles of default widgets that can be added.
Modern Side-by-Side Example
To learn more about adding default widgets to your website, click here.
Adding Widgets That Are NOT Included in Your Default Selection
Although the default widget selections shown above are wonderful, there are situations in which you may want to include a widget that is NOT automatically included in the default option you selected.
To do this first click on Web & IDX tab from the main navigation. Then select 'Widgets'.
Widgets that you can add to your site appear in this section. They may be default widgets that were generated by you, or they could be custom widgets created by an Admin.
This is the big reset button. If disaster has befallen your homepage, press it, it will clear the website content.
These are a collection of default widgets that you might want to use. Once added to your personal collection (section 1, shown above) you may edit them.
How to Add a Widget to Your Site
From the Widget Library on the left, click 'Add'.
It will then appear in the 'My Homepage Widgets' section to the right.
Please Note: Only Admins can edit or remove a widget from populating in the 'Widgets' section of Web & IDX. If you are an Agent and would like to remove the widget from your site you can use the Website Homepage Editor or the widgets editor in Website Settings.
Add the widget right now to your homepage.
Edit the content/HTML of the widget (Admin only)
Delete the widget from the 'My Widgets' section. You can always re-add it. (Admin only)
Please Note: Widgets can only be customized by Admins, this means if you are an Agent you will not be able to edit the widgets. Only add the widgets you'd like to appear on your site.
Agent view of the homepage widgets section:
When clicking 'Add,' you will be prompted on whether you would like to add the widget or replace the other custom website content.
Clicking Append will insert the widget below the current website content on your kvCORE website.
Clicking Replace will clear out any current custom content, and insert the selected widget.
Try experimenting with the different widgets. Appending and replacing you'll see how simple it really is. Remember you can always hit 'clear website content.'
Please Note: The 'Default Property Type Widget' is literally the default that you see when you load your homepage, with the different property type tiles on it. In fact, clicking 'Add' and then 'Replace' with the default property type widget is the same function as pressing the 'Clear Website Content' button.
TIP: The "Meet The Team" widget is limited to displaying 12 agents at a time.
How to Create a Custom Widget (Admins Only)
You must be an Admin to create custom widgets.
From the widgets section in Web & IDX select the site of which you are an admin from the top left. Then click the green '+ Create Widget' button.
A popup will appear where you can add the name, description, and widget HTML content.
The description should be accurate so that your Agents can understand what information the widget will display or lead their contacts to.
The HTML content section is literally HTML that is inline to the page. It can consist of any valid HTML. You don't need to specify <html>, <head>, or <body> tags as this content is in-line to the website.
The widget appears in the 'My Homepage Widgets' section with add/edit buttons to manage them. You cannot preview the content, only the title and description.
Resetting All Customizations
Clicking the 'Clear Website Content' button will wipe out all customization and reset the page to its default state for the domain selected in the scope menu.
If you have any questions while using this option, please reach out to Support via the blue chat bubble to the right or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org!