Customizing the homepage with widgets
Homepage widgets display as sections on the homepage. They can be enabled/disabled and configured as desired. Academic has the following widgets available to use:
- Selected publications
- Recent publications
- Recent news/blog posts
- Selected talks
- Recent talks
- Tag cloud
- Custom widget (demonstrated with the teaching example)
The example site that you copied to create your site uses all the different types of widget (except talks), so you can generally just delete the widgets you don't need and customize the parameters of the widgets you wish to keep.
The parameters for each widget vary. They can be found in the preamble/frontmatter (between the pair of
---) for each widget installed in the
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By default, publications will be displayed in a simple list. If you prefer a more detailed list with abstract and image, you can enable the detailed publication list on the homepage by setting
list_format = 2 in
To add a widget manually, copy the relevant widget from
themes/academic/exampleSite/content/home/ to your
Widget identifiers are set to their respective filenames, so a
content/home/about.md widget can be linked from the navigation bar by setting the relevant URL as
This means that if you want to use multiple instances of a widget, each widget will be assigned a unique ID based on the filename that you set. You can then use that ID for linking, like in the above example.
You can use the custom widget to create your own home page sections.
Simply duplicate (copy/paste) and rename the example teaching file at
content/home/teaching.md. Then edit the section title, weight (refer to Ordering sections below), and content as desired.
You may also wish to add a navigation link to the top of the page that points to the new section. This can be achieved by adding something similar to the following lines to your
config.toml, where the URL will consist of the first title word in lowercase:
[[menu.main]] name = "Research" url = "#research" weight = 10
If you do not require a particular widget, you can simply delete any associated files from the
To remove a navigation link from the top of the page, remove the associated
[[menu.main]] entry in
The order that the homepage widgets are displayed in is defined by the
weight parameter in each of the files in the
content/home/ directory. The widgets are displayed in ascending order of their
weight, so you can simply edit the
weight parameters as desired.