We currently only have access to the standard widgets; we have not installed any additional ones. I know the essentials plug-in has a lot of widgets, some of which look very useful. I'm curious to know if you have installed the essentials plug-in within your environment and from a Community Manager perspective, if you find value in the additional widgets.
We're having a difficult time convincing our support team to install the essentials plug-in. They have concerns about installing custom widgets - that if we install extra widgets and then a widget gets added as part of the next version release, problems arise.
we've installed the Essential plugin and are using in particular the ability to show a selected blog on the front page. This keeps staff informed what's happening in the company and takes away the need to provide home page admin access.