Setting up your project homepage
Because no one project is alike, capacity4dev now features a flexible and customaizable tool that allows you to create your own homepage with a series of customizable blocks. These blocks include:
- Text - include a title and body
- Map - include pointers, polygons, and shapes that each have their own title and description
- Twitter API - include a username, hashtag, and/or keywords
- Related Groups
- Related initiatives (Projects/Programmes)
Blocks can be re-ordered by column, but not dragged from one column to another, so it is important to think about which columns each block should fall under. The text, map and twitter blocks each have their own buttons, while all other blocks are listed under System blocks. Find out more about each block by selecting the [+] buttons below.
[+] Add a Text box
Text boxes can be used for many purposes - just think of them as a blank page. You can add a project description, embed videos, images, and more. You can also use several text box blocks at a time for different messages. To add a Text box, select the button and the following box will open with a rich text editor:
[+] Add a Map
By adding a map to your Project, you can designate geographic zones and give each a title and decription. Maps are a great way to visualise, for example, projects on a map. Depending on your specific needs, you can use simple pointers or add custom zones either with a rectangle or polygon. To add a map, select the button and the following box will open:
To indicate a geographic zone, you have several tools available:
The [+] and [-] signs lets you zoom in and out, while the pencil and bin icons at the very bottom let you edit or delete a designated zone.
To draw a (polygon) shape, select the first option - 3 tabs will open to allow you to Finish your shape, Delete the last point, or Cancel the shape. A shape is drawn with a series of points that end up linking to the first point.
To draw a rectangle, select the second option and simply draw your zone on the map by clicking to drag through the map.
To add a pointer, just place it by clicking the right place on the map. You can add pointers independanty or within shapes and rectangles to designate (for example) projects within a programme zone.
Once a geographic zone is designated, boxes will appear beneath the map to let you add a title and description - these details will then appear when users click the zone on your published map.
[+] Add a Twitter feed
To add a Twitter box, select the button and the following box will open:
You can define a username, hashtag and/or keywords. It should be noted that completing all fields will generate a more restrictive feed. The latest feeds will then appear on your project homepage with a link to more tweets.
To add a system block, select the button and the following box will open with a list to choose from:
The following system blocks are best suited for the right column:
[+] Add a Search block
The search block is a search function that lets others search within this specific Project or Programme (find out more on searching inside a project).
As the box itself has a message saying 'search in project', you might not think it is necessary to include a title. But if you're setting up your project or programme in another language, the title can then be useful, as in the example below with the term 'Buscar'.
[+] Add an About this Project/Programme block
You can indicate a title if desired - we recommend placing this block in the right column.
[+] Add a Partner block
The partner block will display the list of partners that is defined in the project's main details. Each partner will respect the order given in the partner section, and will display the partner's icon. The partner title will show when a user hovers his/her mouse above the logo; while clicking the logo will lead you to the partner's URL (if one is provided) on a new tab.
As partners are independent from other fields under project details, you could define a new list of partners such as beneficiaries, stakeholders, or any other type of partner - by simply indicating the type in a title. In the below example, we are using Stakeholders:
The following (content short-list) system blocks are best suited for the left column:
[+] Add a Highlights block
The highlight block will list the latest highlights, based on the date of creation (more on highlights). You can add a title and define the number of items that you would like to appear by indicating a number in the field below:
[+] Add a Latest news block
The News block will list your Project's most recent news based on the date of creation. You can add a title and define the number of items that you would like to appear by indicating a number in the field below:
If your Project contains more than the indicated number of news items, a show more link will appear on your Project Homepage. Selecting this link will direct users to your Project's news section.
[+] Add an Upcoming events block
The Events block will list your Project's upcoming events. You can add a title and define the number of items that you would like to appear by indicating a number in the field below:
If your Project contains more than the indicated number of events, a show more link will appear on your Project Homepage. Selecting this link will direct users to your Project's Events section.