Create a resources home page

The Resources Home page serves as a comprehensive repository, providing a centralized location for sharing all essential files and documents with your audience. This dedicated page ensures that every uploaded file is readily accessible to your guests with just a simple click.

To get started, click on the Content menu option, and select the Resources tab. From here, click on Resources Home.

General

Every new page will require the same general information, which will also be included on its Feature Card.

  • Title: Enter the name of your resource home page .
  • Page Slug: A unique web address suffix for your page, automatically generated but this is editable. 
  • Short Description: Provide a summary of this page that will be displayed when shared online or on other pages. 
  • Feature Image: Upload an image that will be displayed when sharing this page on social media or showcased within your community. 

As you fill in the details above, a Sample Preview dynamically updates to give you a sneak peek of how your page will appear once shared. This is an example of what a Feature Card looks like.

Configuration

On this tab, the fields below will help you further design your Resource Home page.

  • Show Category Tiles: you have the option to showcase your categories as distinct tiles on the Resources Home Page. If this option is not turned on, categories remain accessible via a sidebar menu.
  • Resources Shown Per Category: decide how many resources per category will appear on this page. If you don’t have any categories, your resources will display on the home page automatically.
  • Resource Home Description: enter in as much detail as needed to describe your Resources home page.
  • Color Highlight: this will appear on the tile of your resources home page whenever shared and linked to throughout your community.

Media

This section is all about the design of your page. You can upload images or link to a video to feature on this page. Depending on the media type and positioning, you can control how visitors will first encounter your page: 

  • Media Position: choose where you want your image or video to appear.
    • Header & Body Only: no image, no problem. Your page will default to only have header and body text. No image upload necessary.
    • Media On Left: If you would like to keep your image and content together within a single section, this allows your image to appear on the left, and your header, body, and details of the page on the right.
    • Media Full Width At Top: like standard web pages, a banner appears at the very top of your page and takes up the full width (commonly referred as the Hero section). The rest of the content then appears below your banner.
      • If using Images, you will have the option to adjust the following:
        • Banner Aspect Ratio: select the general size of your image(s).
        • Banner Max Height: choose how tall your image(s) will be.
        • Image Anchor: determine how your image(s) will be positioned.
      • Use Custom Blocks Only: feeling ambitious and want to build this page from the ground up? Select this option and navigate to the Layout tab to create a unique page using our pre-built page blocks.
    • Media Type
      • If you selected Media on Left or Media Full Width At Top from the Media Position dropdown, you can decide on the media type (Images or Video).
        • Images: you can browse from your community library or upload new images from your device. If you upload multiple images, they will appear on your page as a slideshow.
        • Video: only YouTube videos are supported currently. Open the YouTube video you want to link. Click on the Share button, then select the Embed option. Only copy the URL from this screen, then navigate back to your CommuniBee dashboard and paste it in the Video URL field.

Layout

Not only can you preview your Resource Home page from this tab, but you can also make additional changes to the overall page layout.

To build on this page and add additional sections, follow the steps below:

  1. Under where it says, Choose Another Template or Block to Add, click on the Add Block To End button.
  2. A Page Block screen will appear that lists individual blocks that can be added to your page. For example, a Text Block to include text and an optional button, a Multiple Item Block to feature specific items from your community, and more.
  3. Click the Add button to have the block appear on your page.
  4. Depending on the block type you select, you will have different customization options. As you make changes to a page block, a preview will update live on your screen so you can know exactly how your page will look before you save.
  5. After you finish customizing a page block, be sure to hit the Save button so you don’t lose your work.
  6. For any additional blocks you add, you have the option to edit, duplicate, or delete individual blocks by using the icons on the right side of each block

To rearrange a block, use your mouse and hold left click on it, then drag the block above or below another block. Let go of left click to set the block in place. Learn more about the available page blocks.

Visibility

The Visibility tab is where you make the page visible to your guests.  

Status 

  • Draft: the default status for any newly created page. Pages set to Draft cannot be shared or viewed by your audience.
  • Live: the status must be live in order to be visible to your guests. You can share and have your audience view the page from your website.
  • Archived: for pages that you want removed from your website. Once Archived, the page will be accessible from your dashboard and can be permanently deleted by navigating to its General tab.
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You have the flexibility to change the page status at any time. Additionally, you can schedule when a page goes live or set it to archive automatically at a future date and time.  

Schedule a Publish Date: Enter the date and time you wish to have the page become visible to your guests. Then set the status to Live and save. Note, a static page must be linked somewhere in your CommuniBee site in order to be accessible to guests, such as to the Top Menu, or to an existing page via a side item block.  

Automatically Hide: Enter a Hide After date and time and your page will be automatically archived once this date is reached. This makes it inaccessible to guests and ensures the content on your website stays up to date.

Tip: To get a comprehensive understanding of the many settings and options available, consider setting your page status to Live after you’re done with the General tab. This action unlocks the ability to click on the Preview tab just below the Visibility tab. Additionally, an Overview tab will appear which includes a View option. Both of these options will allow you to see your page as it would appear to your website visitors. Continuously reviewing your page from a guest perspective whenever you make a change is the simplest and most effective way to ensure your page looks just right!