What is a widget ?

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What exactly is a widget ?   I see that you can display the likes of a 'weather widget' for example, however how is that different to simply using a small html5 page displaying the same weather information ?  

What is the advantage to using a widget over a simple web URL ?

Also, in addition ... what is a gadget ?
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Hi Mark,

Short and sweet answer: Widgets and Gadgets are pieces of content that you can configure and display on your presentation quickly and easily. Widgets are what we've named our new format that is compatible editor.risevision.com, Gadgets are unsupported and can only be used in the Classic Editor.

Widgets are built specifically to use within a Rise Vision presentation. In our case for first party Widgets, they are under continuous development and improvement, and they are monitored for defects every day.
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And the advantage  of custom HTML would be... you can make stuff that nobody has or edit the $h1t out of it until if fits your presentation like a glove.
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Thanks for your responses.   I guess I was referring more to 3rd party widgets/gadgets. 

So for example, if I was wanting to create my own weather widget - what is the difference between uploading it as html and as a widget ?  

Also, how do I create it as a widget (.wgt file) ?   Am I correct in my understanding that all files (html, css, js, etc ...) need to be zipped first ???

I'm sure people have done this many times before, however some basic instruction for a novice would be great (and much appreciated).

Thanks guys.
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We have documentation that you can take a look at that goes over building a Widget. Check it out here.

Let us know if you have any questions!