LESS stylesheets

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For easier development of styles and runtime stylesheet generation the Widgets Bundle uses LESS. A LESS stylesheet may be specified by overriding the get_style_name() function and returning the name of the file, without the .less extension, found in the styles folder.

Once the widget's LESS stylesheets are generated, they'll be cached at wp-content/uploads/siteorigin-widgets/. You can prevent this to make testing LESS simpler by adding the following to your wp-config.php file:


Mixin libraries

For convenience, we have included the mixin libraries, LESS Elements and LESSHat, in the base/less/ folder. They help reduce the amount of CSS required to ensure compatibility with multiple versions of multiple browsers, or where CSS is simply too verbose. See their respective documentation pages for more information on what's available and usage examples. These may be included in a LESS stylesheet by using the @import directive, as follows:

@import "mixins";
@import "lesshat";

Importing additional files

Other LESS and CSS files may be included using the @import directive. These additional files should be placed in the widget's styles folder. They will then be included before LESS compilation takes place.

Injecting LESS variables

For runtime stylesheet generation, the SiteOrigin_Widget base class provides a get_less_variables() function. To inject variables into your LESS stylesheets you provide the injection point in the stylesheet simply by declaring the variable name and a default value, and then supply those variables in an array returned by get_less_variables(). They keys in the returned array must match the LESS variable names exactly.

Example - injecting LESS variables

Provide injections points in the LESS stylesheet:

@background_color: #ffffff;
@border_radius: 5px;

.some_class {
    background-color: @background_color;
    border-radius: @border_radius;

Supply the variables in your widget class:

function get_less_variables( $instance ) {
    return array(
        'background_color' => $instance['background_color'],
        'border_radius' => $instance['border_radius'],

LESS .widget-function() callback

The Widgets Bundle allows callbacks from LESS files which may generate additional runtime styles based on user inputs. This is done in LESS by calling the .widget-function() function with the first argument being the name of the function to call, and any subsequent arguments are passed through to the function being called. In your widget class, you supply the function with a name prepended by 'less_'.

Example - using the .widget-function() callback

In the LESS stylesheet, call .widget-function():

.widget-function( 'my_widget_function', 'use_blue' );

Then in your widget class you supply the function prepended by 'less_'

function less_my_widget_function( $instance, $args ) {
    return $args[0] == 'use_blue' ? '#0000ff' : '#ff0000';