Symbiostock comes bundled with the powerful Symzio Widget. It is a fully automated system that allows you to enhance your site by providing visitors highly relevant thumbnail results from across the Symzio network.

There are two ways of adding the Symzio Widget to your WordPress site – as a widget or shortcode. The widget method is easier, but is dependent on your theme’s implementation of widget areas. Shortcodes can require a bit more if you want it customized,  but are more dynamic and can be placed in any post and on any page.

The Widget

The widget can be accessed by navigating to Appearance > Widgets. It will appear in the list of available widgets as Symzio Widget. You can then add this to any widget area. Once added, you can open it to access all the settings.

The Shortcode

The shortcode is a snippet of text you can stick anywhere in WordPress and it will automatically replace it with the Symzio Widget widget. The shortcode for Symzio Widget is:


If you add this anywhere, the widget will show up with all the default settings. If this works for you, great. If you want to change stuff in it, such as the size or limits, you need to then add some custom settings to the shortcode.

Optional shortcode settings

Here is a list of the available options:

title – An <h3> title that will show up right above your widget
max – The maximum number of results to display (minimum of 1, maximum of 10)
w – The width of each thumbnail
h – The height of each thumbnail
context – Whether to display the image details (0 or 1)
ack – your Symzio affiliate ID to earn commissions on sales
id – a custom CSS class to attach to this instance of the widget

An example of a shortcode where you want to change the thumbnail size and context:

[symzio-search-widget w=150 context=0]