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Create and manage news/posts

A full written guide with screenshots is coming soon!

From the Engagement menu option, select the News/Posts tab. From here, a list of your existing posts will appear. This overview screen lists all your posts and details such as Post Title, Publish Date, associated Categories, number of Views, the Author, and the current State (Visible, Scheduled, Draft or Archived). 

By default, the list will be filtered to All posts, but this can be changed. 

To get started, click on the Add Post button. 

General

Following the same steps to setting up a page in CommuniBee, begin by filling out the fields below. 

  • Title: Enter the name for your post. 
  • Page Slug: Based on your title, this field will automatically populate. Feel free to update this as desired. 
  • Short Description: Provide a summary your post that will appear when shared online or linked to from other pages. 
  • Feature Image: Upload an image that will be displayed when sharing this post on social media or within your community. 

Once you have entered the above details, click Save. 

Media

This section is all about the design of your post’s web page. You can upload images or link to a video that act as the banner for this page. The appearance of your banner can then be configured to create a truly stunning web 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 post 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. 
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Once you are done setting up your media, navigate to the Layout tab to preview your post’s page.

Content

This is where you can write your post. If you have a draft in a separate document, simply copy and paste the contents in text field provided. This text field has full HTML capability so you can design your post however you like. Additionally, you can insert images by simply dragging image file onto the text field itself. 

Layout

Not only can you preview your post 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 event’s 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. 
  7. 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. 

Visibility

With your page fully designed and ready to share to your audience, the this is where you make the page visible. 

Status 

  • Draft: The default status for any newly created page. Pages set to Draft cannot be shared or and viewed by your audience. 
  • Live: The status given when a page is published. 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 no longer be accessible by your audience. 

At any time, you can manually update the status of this page. You can also schedule a Publish Date to have this page become visible at a specific date and time. Be sure to switch the status of the page to Live before entering a Publish Date. If you include a Hide After date, this page will automatically switch from Live to Archived at the specified date and time. 

With news/posts, you can check off the option to have this post show up on your member’s feeds. If this option is turned on, the post will be visible to everyone, regardless of their specific interest filters. 

Once you are done making changes on this page, click Save.

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