In the previous article we have described how to introduce a new widget in Magento 2. As it was mentioned, each widget field has its own input type. The input type allows determining what graphical interface component will be used to represent this field. Magento 2 has a set of simple input types out of the box such as input field, dropdown etc. Also, it has more complex components: products chooser, rules conditions component, CMS block chooser and others. However, in certain scenarios, you might want to integrate a custom input type, especially if you aim to select images from the media gallery in your widget configuration. In this post we review how to add an image chooser/uploader to your widget.
Magento 2 has a handy toolkit for static content management on the site that is called Content Management System (CMS). The toolkit consists of three main parts: pages, blocks and widgets. Pages allow us to manage content of an entire page. Blocks provide an ability to edit content of separate page elements. The main difference between blocks and widgets: if you need to change block parameters, you usually have to do it programmatically. Widgets are similar to static blocks, they allow to insert various content into static pages or static blocks. As a rule, widgets have configurable parameters that can be set up when adding it via admin panel.
The OroCRM platform provides us with an opportunity to create our own dashboard. We can remove unnecessary data from the dashboard, change the position of widget blocks, and if we can not find necessary widgets, we can create our own ones. The process of creating a widget is not hard. In this blog post we will describe the process of creating a custom widget and add a widget to the dashboard.