The Featured Page Widget plugin was created to allow WordPress users to feature a page in their sidebar and specifically for a client who wanted to manage the content in the widget from the page itself. The widget will take an excerpt from the page and place it in a sidebar widget. The sample screen shot to the right demonstrates the use of both an image in the widget and an image link (images not included in plugin).
You can add a widget without any extra custom fields on the page, however, there are currently two special fields you can use to customize the widget display. You will need to create these for the first page you customize as the plugin does not do this for you.
- featured-text: This text will be used in place of an excerpt for the page. The length value for the widget is ignored if this custom field exists.
- featured-link: If you want to use an image for the “Read More” link, you can place the full URL of the image in this field.
- featured-image: Full URL to an image to display in the widget that will be linked to the post.