Table of Contents
- 3.5 Upgrade Introduction
- Adding Custom Logos, Headers and Footers
- Uploading Logos
- Applying Custom Colors in the "Colors" Section
- Header Navigation Settings
- Footer Navigation Settings
- Shortcut URLs
- Accessing "Your Groups" on the Community Profile
3.5 Upgrade Introduction
MissionBox is thrilled to bring you the 3.5 Upgrade which introduces whitelabeling and customized branding to Engagement Communities.
Whitelabling, also referred to as Customized Branding, will allow organizations to streamline the look and feel of their Engagement Community to reflect their organization colors and logos across their community profile, groups and content pages.
Group layout pages will reflect the custom colors selected in the Branding Settings that will display as users interact with and view the panels within the layout page.
The custom header and footer navigation bars and any custom colors selected will also display in specific content pages so that members accessing content such as articles, events, posts, questions and resources will have a sense of place and navigation tabs and logos reminding them of the community they are viewing.
Adding Custom Logos, Headers and Footers
Community Admin can begin adding custom branding for an Engagement Community by going to the Branding option located in the dropdown that appears when hovering of the Community tab on the community profile.
Once the community admin has clicked on the "Branding" option they will navigate to the Branding settings page which has all branding options available for a community. Note that branding is applied at the Community level and can not be adjusted for individual groups or content pages.
As a default for all engagement communities, MissionBox header bar logos, navigation links and text/background colors will display until the community admin updates the settings
The footer bar will also content default MissionBox branding including social media links and copyright statement.
If a community admin removes the MissionBox default and does not upload a new logo in its place, then an image indicating that a logo is needed will display.
Community Admin can begin customizing the branding related to their Engagement Community by uploaded their organization logos in the "Community Logos" section of the branding page.
Three different types of logos can be uploaded in this section.
- Logo on Light Color - The "Logo on light color" will allow a community admin to upload a logo that stands out distinctly and looks presentable against a light or white background color.
- Logo on Dark Color - The "Logo on dark color" will allow a community admin to upload a logo that stands out distinctly and looks presentable against a dark background color such as the default MissionBox brown dark color.
- Logo Mark - The logo mark is the logo that will display in the tabs that members visiting pages will have open when navigating to a page within the organization's Engagement Community.
When uploading a logo into the "Logo on light colors" field, the community admin can add an image that is rectangular shaped and image size of 322x68 pixels or they can crop an image that has different dimensions. An image uploaded to this field should be no more that 5mbs and, optimally, around 300kb.
Once saved, the "Logo on light color" field will display a preview of the uploaded logo against a white background.
When uploading a logo into the "Logo on dark colors" field, the community admin can add an image that is rectangular shaped and and image size of 322x68 pixels or they can crop an image that has different dimensions. An image uploaded to this field should be no more that 5mbs and, optimally, around 300kb. This logo will display if the "Dark Header" toggle is set to off in the Colors section of the Branding settings page.
Once saved, the "Logo on dark color" field will display a preview of the uploaded logo against the default MissionBox brown color, set as the default in the "Dark Color" field. This logo will display if the "Dark Header" toggle is set to "On" in the Colors section of the Branding settings page.
The Logo Mark will impact browser windows and will display in tabs that a members or site visitors have navigated to within an organization's Engagement Community. The image uploaded into the Logo Mark field should be square shaped and an image size of 300x300 pixels. An image uploaded to this field should be no more that 5mbs and, optimally, around 300kb.
The Logo Mark field will display a preview of the uploaded logo as it will display on a browser window tab.
Members and site visitors will see the icon display in the tab they've opened to access content or a group within an engagement community.
The image uploaded into the "Logo on dark color" field will display in the header against the default brown background until the community admin updates the color specified in the "Dark Color" field or switches the "Dark Header" toggle to off.
The default brown background color will also display in the footer navigation bar.
If a community admin prefers to have the header and footer navigation bars display without a background color, they can use the "Dark header" field to turn off the background color. By default the "Dark header" field is set to On.
To clear the color from the header and footer navigation bars, the community admin can click the "Dark header" field toggle, changing the setting from On to Off.
The header and footer navigation bars will clear of background color and will display the logo uploaded into the "Logo on light color" field. Users will see the color set in the "Primary Color" field when they hover over links in the header and footer navigation bar.
Applying Custom Colors in the "Colors" Section
As the community admin updates the specific color fields, the preview associated with each color setting will update to display examples of how the color will display in various parts of an engagement community.
Select Colors in the "Colors" Fields
For each field in the "Colors" section of the branding settings page, the Community admin will have the option to type in a color hex code to indicate a specific color or to select from a color scale to choose the color that is closest to their organization colors.
The preview corresponding with each color field will display examples of the various components of Engagements Communities that will be effected by the color. The example that display on the Branding Setting page are not a comprehensive list of all components in your community that will display in the color set for each field. You can find a full list in the following article - Full List of Components Impacted by Each Color. All changes to any Colors section field must be saved by clicking the "Save" button at the bottom of the Colors section properties on the left hand side of the screen.
The following examples display as previews for each color field in the Colors section:
- As color bar on Notices that appear on member screens, as well as for navigation or confirmation buttons
- As hyperlinked text, such as links that display in Posts.
- As options for Comments, including Reply/Edit/Delete.
- As visual indicators for content properties in Edit mode for content.
- As text in notifications
- As instructional text in content properties in Edit Mode
- As Usernames for Posts and as commenter names
- As alternate button choice when more than one option is available
- As frame for In-product Alert list
- As background for Header navigation bar
- As background for Footer navigation bar
- As error message
- As notification badge
- As success message indicator
Header Navigation Settings
The Header Navigation section will allow you to create custom navigation tabs and submenus that will display when users hover over each tab. Each community will contain the Engagement Communities default tabs and associated submenus. Community admin can update or delete these as desired and will have the opportunity to add new tabs and submenu items.
To add a new tab, community admin will click the "+New Tab" button at the upper left hand side of the Header Navigation. Community admin can fill in the Label field with custom text as well as enter a URL if they would like the tab to navigate to another webpage when the user clicks on it. URLs are optional for top navigation tabs.
The default tabs will have submenu items that can be deleted, updated or added to at any time.
To delete a tab or a submenu item, the community admin can click on the item and edit the properties for the item on the left side of the screen. The delete option is signified with a garbage can symbol.
If deleting, the community admin will be asked to "Confirm Link Delete" after clicking on the garbage can icon. The w "Save" at the bottom of the item properties displaying on the left.
Community admin can delete as few or add as many tabs as they desire.
Admin can edit any submenu item connected to any tab by clicking on the item in the displayed list.
Once an item is clicked on, the community admin can update the label and add a URL. Admin can also move an item up and down by clicking the arrow icon in the bottom left hand corner. Url is required for submenu items.
Along with editing and deleting existing submenu items, community admin can add as many new links as they need to by clicking the "Add new link" option in the submenu list.
The new submenu item will have a placeholder name of "New Link" in the navigation list until the properties are updated for the menu item.
Top-level navigation tabs will also appear with the placeholder label of "New Tab" until the properties for that item are updated.
Community admin can add as many submenu items as they desire to their Header Navigation tab lists.
The header tab navigation submenu items will display when users hover over the top tab.
Footer Navigation Settings
Footer navigation settings allow users to add custom footer links, logos, and social media icons as needs to present messaging and imaging similar to their organizational website, or to provide additional information for visitors.
Each list can be customized by updating, removing or adding new items. Lists can be removed entirely by clicking the garbage can icon. Top tabs can also be moved right or left by clicking the arrow icon in the bottom left hand corner.
The footer navigation bar at the bottom of the page will update upon save and display changes.
Community admin can also customize the copyright statement that appears under the logo in the footer navigation bar by editing the Copyright field and clicking save.
Community admin can add custom links to social media pages by updated, removing or adding new options to the list that appears as default (all default links are to MissionBox social media channels).
In addition to the default social media icons displaying, community admin can add additional icons/links by clicking the "+New Social Link" button on the left hand side of the Footer Social Links section of the Branding settings page.
Admin will select from the Social Platform list to choose their desired platform.
The dropdown options consist of -
The new platform icon will be added to the set of icons displaying in the footer bar upon save.
Shortcut URLs are intended to give community and group admin the ability to simplify urls to pages with and engagement community for sharing purposes. The shortcut tool allows admin to customize the url for any content page, group layout page and community profile.
Admin will first go to the Shortcut URLs section located at the bottom of the branding settings page to see an alphabetized list of all existing shortcut urls.
The Engagement Communities tool set will automatically generate shortcut URLs for Community Profile and Group layout pages. The simplified url structure generated by the Shortcut URL removes the reference to the entity type and entity number that normally displays in the urls generated for community profiles, group layout pages and content pages.
Example of shortcut url to Community Profile
Existing shortcuts for engagement community pages will display on the left under the Shortcut field and the actual url that the shortcut will redirect to will show on the right under the "Redirect" field. Items can be edited by clicking the pencil icon to the right of the Redirect field. MissionBox will also track the number of times some each shortcut has been accessed under the "Hits:" item displaying to the right of the Redirect field.
If editing the shortcut information for the community profile the community admin will be taken to the Community Settings page for that community. Admin will need to click "Save" on the Community Settings page to save changes.
Group admin can update a group URL by going to the Group Settings page or by clicking on the pencil icon to the right of the shortcut url and associated redirect in the Shortcut URLs section of the Branding settings page.
Group admin can type in any text up to 100 characters into the editable portion of the displaying url in the Shortcut Url field of the Group Settings page.
Once saved, the updated shortcut URL will display in the shortcut field in the Shortcut URLs section of the Branding Settings page.
While shortcut urls are autogenerated for the Community Profile and Group layout pages, they are not autogenerated for specific content pages. Group admin can add shortcut urls for content pages such as Articles, Events, Forum Questions and Resources at the bottom of the Shortcut URL section under "New". The admin will need to type the desired text for the shortcut url into the editable portion of the "Shortcut" field and paste the actual url into the "Redirect" field. The admin will need to click plus to add the shortcut.
Once at least one custom shortcut URL has been added for a content page, the label "New" will change to "Custom" and you will see all custom URLs created for content pages listed there along with the ability to add new.
Accessing "Your Groups" on the Community Profile
In addition to the new whitelabeling/branding functionality released in the 3.5 upgrade, MissionBox has also made updates to the Community Profile layout. Groups will now be accessed on the right hand side of the Community Profile page under a panel entitled "Your Groups". The panel will display a list of all of the groups that you are a member of and will show your role within those groups.
Members and admin can click the "See all" link to go to a search page for all groups within that community.
The Search Group page allows users to search by multiple facets including Title, Tags, and Visibility (with Private, Collaborative or Public options). The user will only see groups that they are a member of or that have a visibility of public or collaborative. The user can Sort by Name, Most Popular or Most Recent and can increase the view "Limit" to see more groups.
Users can also search by their Group Role to narrow search results.
We are excited to bring these enhancement to you through our MissionBox 3.5 Upgrade.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.