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How to Create and Manage Website BM Boxes

The BM Box is simply a small element used for the purpose of navigation or information blocks. It is one of two primary blocks we've built, with the second being the BM Panel. The Panel is far more robust and is pending migration into the standard framework.

To 'Services' page, accessible from the primary menu and above the dropdown options, illustrates how the Box is used on your website. The box is designed to emulate the default style applied to the lender widgets - this rationalised design permits you to maintain presentation consistency when rendering basic features.

Grouped BM Box Grid: This FAQ introduces the method used to return a single BM Box. To return a grid of 'grouped' boxes, review the FAQ titled "How to Create and Manage BM Box Grids".

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Broker Website Services Page

  Pictured: Mortgage Broker Website 'Services' page. The box is simply designed to emulate the stylistic presentation of the lender widgets. The style allows more consistency to be applied to content when it's required. In the pictured example, each of the widgets includes a linked title as white text on a black background, a basic subtitle, and description text. Each widget includes a small black border.

  The Result

The BM Box can be returned with basic shortcode, and we'll render a few basic boxes below without Elementor support. When you use the box on your website, you will likely create responsive 'Inner Sections ' or 'Sections' via another method.

The result of our first box is shown below (we've placed it in a div to be 300px in width). Shortcode of [bm_box url="url" title="title" text="Subtitle" description="Description" height="0" width="400"] returns the following:

Personal, Business, Margin & Transactional
This is an example BM Box. We've included the url attribute in the shortcode to create a title link to another page. If using Elementor, a section may be divided into three or four columns, and the boxes can easily be placed in each of them.

As you can see, the box is quite basic, but it's also rather versatile. The title bar, subtitle bar, and description, will only render if text is assigned, so you could use it for a basic textbox with only description text. An icon may be applied to the title, and the title tooltip may also be personalised.

The following example shows how the Box can take on the shape of a standard textbox.

This is an example BM Box designed to emulate a basic textbox. We've set the width to 100% (with the shortcode with attribute of '100' (with any value higher than 100 evaluated in pixels), and we've applied a light grey background. We have also aligned description text to the left margin and increased padding to 20px. Adding the title or text' (subtitle) attribute in the shortcode would have returned those elements. It should be noted that if the title and subtitle are empty, it'll be assumed you're creating a textbox, and the description alignment will always be set to 'left'.

In our final example, we have applied a height of '0' which forces the height to scale to content rather than a fixed height.

Consider Textbox Alternatives
We provide plenty of textbox alternatives, including various boxes styled for accredited lenders.

Shortcode is always a little messy and difficult to remember, so the Elementor option is almost always preferred, particularly since the Box is an element added in design and rarely in post content.

  BM Box Elementor Block

If you know what you're doing, or you're familiar with how our website tools work, you can search for 'BM Box' block in Elementor, drag the element onto your page, and define as required, and Save. Changes are made immediately.

If you're new to the BM Box, the tool does require a short introduction. The style and text shown in the box may be defined in Yabber or Elementor, with the former being a preferred option since you can use the same block in multiple locations and update globally. Further, the Yabber-defined style means that you may update any or all styles in Yabber and have the change made globally - something you can't easily do in Elementor.

So, in summary, the following three options apply for the creation of a BM Box.

  • Text and Style Defined in Elementor. This is quite a poor option as the values and style is fixed.
  • Text and Style Defined in Yabber. This is always the preferred option. The style and text may be altered as required to all occurrences of the BM Box. Changes may be applied to all blocks referencing the 'Default' style, or just to those referencing another style.
  • Style in Yabber, Text in Elementor. This option isn't ideal since the text is fixed, but a style (perhaps the 'Default' style) may still be applied and managed globally.

BM Elementor Block

  Pictured: Locate the 'BM Box' block in Elementor, drag into your page, and define as required. Changes are made immediately.

Let's have a look at what the creation panel looks like when creating style and text in Yabber. Note that the toggle switch towards the top of the Elementor panel asking if you would like to 'Use Yabber Style" is on, and the toggle switch to use a Yabber text profile is off.

BM Box Elementor

  Pictured: A single default style is usually created in Yabber (as described shortly) and then applied to most occurrences of the BM Box. In fact, the content of the Box itself may be defined in Yabber, and this facility will also be discussed shortly. However, if you choose to use the standalone Elementor tool, the options are shown.

If we were to sensibly use a Yabber Style and Text Profile, we'd set the toggle switches accordingly, and the select menus are shown in Elementor.

BM Box Yabber Source

  Pictured: If we were to sensibly use a Yabber Style and Text Profile, we'd set the toggle switches accordingly, and the select menus are shown in Elementor.

Using a Yabber source for the Style or Text Profile requires that the details be defined in Yabber. We'll have a look at that next.

  Creating Style and Text Profiles in Yabber

You will find the BM Box options in Yabber by first following the 'Contentus' icon in the 'Website' module. Select 'BM Box' from the returned submenu.

BM Box Navigation

  Pictured: You will find the BM Box options in Yabber by first following the 'Contentus' icon in the 'Website' module. Select 'BM Box' from the returned submenu.

You will be presented with a 'Create' panel to define text profiles, and a 'Style' panel to define style profiles. The latter essentially emulates the options in the Elementor website widget.

The Text Profile is presents as shown below.

Yabber Profiles and Styles

  Pictured: You will be presented with a 'Create' panel to define text profiles, and a 'Style' panel to define style profiles. The latter essentially emulates the options in the Elementor website widget.

The Style Profile is presents as shown below.

Yabber Profiles and Styles

  Pictured: You will be presented with a 'Create' panel to define text profiles, and a 'Style' panel to define style profiles. The latter essentially emulates the options in the Elementor website widget.

You may define as many text and style profiles as you like, but at least one style profile should be set as the default - this may be done when creating the form, or in the 'Review' panel.

  Sending Updates to Your Website

When changes are made in Yabber and you're ready to send the updates to your website, you should navigate to the 'Send' panel, select your website, and Send. Updates are applied on your website immediately.

Send BM Box Data to Website

  Pictured: When changes are made in Yabber and you're ready to send the updates to your website, you should navigate to the 'Send' panel, select your website, and Send. Updates are applied on your website immediately.

  Review and Edit Styles

You may review and edit text profiles and style via the 'Review' panel. Select the green icon to return an accordion with profile data, and select the 'Edit' icon to edit the applicable asset.

BM Box Review

  Pictured: You may review and edit text profiles and style via the 'Review' panel. Select the green icon to return an accordion with profile data, and select the 'Edit' icon to edit the applicable asset.

A log is maintained of all changes sent to your website.

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