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Community Content in Webpages

Last Updated: Mar 25, 2015 03:28PM EDT

Community Landing Pages and Microsite Home Pages

Community-specific content is showcased on Community Landing Pages and Community Microsite Home pages.  Both of these are accessed through multiple pages of a Home site.  The primary path to access these pages (on primary sites with standard configuration) is through the All Communities page. 

 

By default, the clicking on the names of the communities on Communities List pages (which use either the ws:CommunityList or ds:GroupsDisplay User Controls) will render the Community Microsite if there is one and the Community Landing Page if there is no Community-specific Microsite.  Communities List pages can be made to always render the Community Landing Page through the addition of a DisableCommunityLinkToWebsite="True" Parameter.

Community Landing Pages

Community Landing Pages are a comprehensive dashboard of Community content. Through the primary "Activity" tab provides a comprehensive dashboard of recent Community Content. Other tabs display comprehensive Discussion and Library content and a dashboard of all Community Members. Community Admins can perform community management tasks in the tabs of the Community Landing Pages. The products serving a Community and the Community Description can be edited through the "edit community settings" link on this page.

 

Non-AMS Community Types can have different Community Landing Pages. If one type of Community does not utilize Blogs it is possible to have its Community Landing Page not include a Content Item based on the ws:Blogs User Control.

 

Instructions: Configuring Community Landing Pages by Community Type

  1. 1. Copy the existing Community Landing Page
    Access the Navigation Page where you want to create a new Community Landing Page for a specific Community Type. Its default name is Community Details with Page Code GroupDetails. Unless moved the Page Folder will be found under Communities. Select this Page Folder by clicking once on it. Then click the copy button on the left-hand Navigation side of the page.  Then click the paste button also on the left-hand Navigation side.
  2. Change the Name and Page Code of your Copy
    With the newly created Page Folder selected, click Edit on the left-hand Navigation side of the page.  This will take you to the Edit Navigation Page for the new page. Change the Name field as desired and ensure that the Page Code is a single string of text with no spaces such as "EventCommunity" for example.
  3. Configure the new Community Landing Page
    Make it look and have the functionality desired. See the Landing Page Content Items page for more information on baseline functionality of the core Content Items
  4. Point the Community Type to use the Custom Community Landing Page
    Access the CCAdmin website and, under Community, select Manage Community Types. Scroll down to the Community Display section and find the field for "Page Code of Community Home Page". Enter the page code you used in step 2 (e.g., EventCommunity) and save.
  5. Establish the Redirect Content Item on the main Community Landing Page
    Return to the Navigation Page where you performed step 1. Again select the Page Folder for the Community Landing Page (default name of Community Details). When the Content Item list is visible on the right-hand side of the page click "Add" on the right-hand side under Content.  This will open an Enter/Edit Content Page. Add "Community Redirect" to the title.  Scroll to the bottom of the page and select "User Control" for the type of Content Item above the HTML Editor. Then paste ds:CommunityTypeRedirect in the field marked "User Control class or path". Then save and return to your site's live view.
  6. Hide the Redirect Content Item on the Custom Community Landing Page
    Return to the Navigation Page where you performed step 3. On the content side, look for and hide the "Community Re-Direct" User Control content item.

 

Test and confirm the redirect is in place.

Community Microsites

Community Microsites are webpages dedicated to a specific Community. The functionality for Community Landing pages is generally replicated within the pages of a Community Microsite. Additional functionality achieved through a Community Microsite includes:

 

  • Unlimited HTML-based webpages with full CMS functionality
  • Externally-generated embedded content
  • Short, dedicated URLs to Community content
  • Unique, Community-specific branding through dedicate banners, slogans, etc.
  • Community-specific advertising
  • Community Admin ability to manage all of the above

The desire to utilize this functionality is the most common reason to establish a "universe" of Community Microsites to serve specific Community Types.

Deciding between Microsites or Community Landing Pages

The decision to utilize a Community Microsite should not be made lightly. Higher Logic's default Community Landing Pages are attractive, maintenance-free, and easy for a user to find from the Communities link of the Welcome Box or the primary navigation. A Community Landing Page will be established for each Community by default. A Community Microsite can compliment or largely replace that Community Landing Page.
 

 

Consider the following before establishing a Microsite for a Community:

 

1) Branding
 

Microsites are separate websites. In most cases Microsites should utilize unique branding through a separate model site and a unique main banner. This limits user confusion by clearly establishing a sense of place. If unique branding is not needed or contrary to your goals for the Microsite you may wish to allow the Community to be served through the Community Landing Page.


 

2) Functionality

What "business needs" are served by a Microsite that cannot be achieved in a Community Landing Page? Look closely at the Community Landing Page of a Community for which you are considering a Microsite. The Discussion/eGroup, Library, Announcements, Community Events, Blogs, and more are all there. A short-URL can be created by a hidden-page redirect. If you want to do/show something that is not possible through the tabs of the Community Landing Page you may need a Microsite.  If not, you probably do not.

 

3) Maintenance

A Community Microsite is a separate website. Many Content Items update automatically. Consider recruiting needed Community Admins in advance of site establishment.

Community-specific Content Items

The Community Landing Page Home Tab and Microsite Home page feature numerous User Control Content Items.  By default, these display only Community-specific content.  Where appropriate, the Content Items will also provide "post" and "add" buttons.  Admins can utilize these User Controls on any microsite pages.  When installed on a Community Landing Page or a Community Microsite, they will default to show only content attributed to that single Community. When these Content Items are installed on other pages they can be limited to show the content for a single Community through a Parameter.

Content Item

User Control

Notes

Join/Leave

ds:CommunityJoinLeave

Allows Community Members to Join/Leave if Community Type and Community Settings allow.  A "join" button will not show for AMS-based communities, for example.

Description

ds:CommunityDescription

Contains the "edit" link to the Community Settings page. 

Discussion

ws:Discussions

Displays latest Discussion posts.

Resource Library

ws:MyDocuments

Displays latest Library Entries.

Events

ws:EventList

Displays upcoming events. 

Blogs

ws:RecentBlogs

Displays recent blogs attributed to the Community by the blogger at blog creation. 

Announcements

ws:Announcements

Displays recent Announcements.


Note, these Content Items can often be broadened to show users all content they have permissions to see.  This is accomplished through the addition of a FilterByMicrosite="false" Parameter.

Community Link Finder

Graphic links to quickly navigate to the Community Landing Page and the products pages for a community can be added to pages displaying Community content.

 

The addition of a Content Item using the hlcommon:CommunityLinkFinder User Control will display links back to core Community pages including Library View Document Pages and Discussion Digests. A Content Item using the hlcommon:CommunityLinkFinder can be applied to any pages with the following Page Codes (key utilized to achieve in parentheses – these are not Parameters that need to be entered):

  • DigestViewer, ViewThread (via ListKey or GroupId)
  • GroupDetails (via CommunityKey)
  • EMCalendar (via CommunityKey)
  • EMEventDescription (via CalendarEventKey)
  • EMAcknowledgement (via RegistrantKey)
  • LibraryDocuments, LibraryFolders (via LibraryKey)
  • ViewDocument (via DocumentKey)
  • PostReply ,PostMessage, ForwardMessages (via GroupId)

By default the Community Quick Links will include links to the following core Community Pages.

 

Add the Parameter indicated to disable the link/icon from showing.

 

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