Ribbons and Badges promote participation and commitment to your online community, and serve to recognize and reward accomplishments and community participation. Because of this, they're an important part of its social environment, as they give users extra incentive to be active and engaged members.
NOTE: Because there's no technical difference between Ribbons and Badges, this documentation will refer to both as "Ribbons."
To create and manage Ribbons:
- Access the Admin interface.
- Navigate to Engagement > Ribbons and Badges.
To view your current categories, and create new ones, click Ribbon Categories at the top of the page.
Ribbon Categories provide two benefits:
- They enable you to organize your Ribbons into groups.
- You can configure the Digital Ribbons and Badges widget to only show Ribbons of a specific category, giving you control over which Ribbons are displayed to your users on a given page.
To create a category, click Add New Ribbon Category, give it a name, and click Save. All created categories are selectable when creating new Ribbons.
TIP: Because categories are applied to Ribbons upon creation, it's easier to define your categories before creating your Ribbons.
Create & Manage Ribbons
At any time, you can create new Ribbons, and even manage the requirements that must be met for users to earn them (via Automation Rules); if these requirements are met, Ribbons are displayed prominently on the user's profile for everyone to see.
NOTE: See How Do Users Earn Ribbons? to learn more about Ribbon Automation Rules.
To manage your current Ribbons, click Ribbons and Badges at the top of the page.
In addition to editing, copying, and deleting any existing Ribbons, you can click the two buttons highlighted below to manage your Ribbon images and create new Ribbons:
Manage Ribbon Images
In the Upload New Ribbon Background Image area at the top, you can upload new images to use with your Ribbons. These are selectable when creating or editing a Ribbon.
In the Edit Ribbon Background Image area below, you can select any existing Ribbon to update its name and/or image.
NOTE: The recommended size for Ribbons is 250px wide by 40px tall; the recommended size for Badges is 250px wide by 200px tall. Images larger than these dimensions will be re-sized.
Supported file types include: JPG, PNG, and GIF.
Create New Ribbons
On this page, there are a number of settings to configure. As you do so, the Preview area on the right updates your Ribbon’s size, text, color, and text alignment in real-time, making it easy to get everything just right as you work.
|Ribbon Image||Select the desired Ribbon image from this menu.
The available images are pulled from the Manage Ribbon Background Images area.
The recommended size for Ribbons is 250px wide by 40px tall; the recommended size for Badges is 250px wide by 200px tall. Images larger than these dimensions will be re-sized.
|Ribbon Name||Give the Ribbon a name appropriate for its purpose. This name is only seen by admins, and can differ from the text displayed to users.|
|Ribbon Height / Width||The image's height and width, in pixels. Use these two settings to adjust your Ribbon image, as needed, especially to accommodate any text.|
|Ribbon Text||Any text entered here is displayed on top of the image. This field is often left blank if a Ribbon's image has text.|
|Text Offset||This controls the text's vertical alignment. Depending on the size of a Ribbon's image, you'll want to adjust this number until the text is centered.|
|Font||Select the desired font type from this menu.|
|Font Size||Select the desired font size, in pixels, from this menu.|
|Font Color||This field only displays the hex code for the current font color. To update it, you need to use the Color Wheel to select a color and shade.|
|Description||Describe your Ribbon here. This text displays to users when hovering over the Ribbon on their profile, and is a great way to explain how a Ribbon can be earned if set to Attainable.|
|Show as an attainable achievement||Controls whether a Ribbon is Attainable or not.
Ribbons set to Attainable are opaquely displayed on the profiles of users who have not yet earned them, and is a great way to give users a preview of the Ribbons they can achieve.
Whether Attainable Ribbons are shown is also a configurable setting for the Digital Ribbons and Badges widget.
|Category||Group the Ribbon into a category, if desired. Refer to the Manage Your Ribbon Categories section above to learn more.
You can configure the Digital Ribbons and Badges widget to only show Ribbons of a specific category, giving you control over which Ribbons are displayed to your users on a given page.
|Sort Order||The Sort Order is important because it determines the order Ribbons appear on a user’s profile. Ribbons and Badges are listed from lowest to highest, so you’ll generally want to set your most important Ribbons lower so they appear above the others.|
|URL (if clicked)||If you want users taken to a website when the Ribbon is clicked, enter its URL here. This is often used to take users to a page explaining what a Ribbon is and, for attainable Ribbons, to explain how to earn them.
Enter URLs in the format: http://www.examplewebsite.com
Links open in a new tab.