Adding updates or news to your dashboard is a great way to ensure that users are aware of important announcements. Unlike email, you have the option to prominently display your message in front of the recipient until it's acknowledged.
Only Administrators and users that have been given the associated rights can add updates/news to your dashboard, when they do they appear in a separate feed to the right of your activity feed.
Creating an an update/news article
Click the 'plus icon' on the top navigation bar and select 'Create update/news' from the drop down menu.
The new update/news wizard popup will appear.
Click the 'Upload image' button to add your image. This is optional but highly recommended, as updates/news with an image draws attention and is more engaging to users.
Use the scroll wheel on your mouse to zoom into the image. For the best results ensure that the image fills the entire width of the panel before clicking the Crop button.
Give your update/news a title and add its content; you have the option to add images, videos and attach files.
To preview the content of your update/news click the 'Preview' button shown above.
This is an example of a preview. After you have added all of your content and are ready to proceed close the preview and click 'Next'.
Now are you shown a preview of the update/news card, which will appear on your dashboard. You can edit or change the image and any of the text on this card, without making changes to the original content of your update/news.
If you change the colour of the card's background and choose a light colour, you may want to invert the text colour, which will offer a contrast that makes it easier to read.
To proceed click 'Next'.
The final stage is deciding who you want to notify of your update/news article and how. The default setting is to notify everyone in your account with an email notification. To change that click the 'x' next to All Members and click into the box, a drop down menu will appear. Select the individuals or teams that you would like to notify.
Display full screen - if you check this option your update/news will be displayed prominently, as a full screen message, the next time users login. The only way for the user to proceed is to dismiss the message. If a user has more than one unread update/news article, they are offered the option to ‘Read later’. This temporarily dismisses the message but it will reappear the next time they login.
Pin to top of feed - if you check this option your update/news card will remain at the top of the dashboard feed until its expiry date, which can be set for up to 30 days.
Disable comments - Hide the comments panel in the update/news article to prevent users adding their comments or collaborating with each other.
Publish in the future - choose a future date that you would like the update/news card to appear on your dashboard.
Which users have been notified?
If you notify users of your update/news Glasscubes records the users that you sent the notification to, when it was sent and whether it has been viewed by them. More
Dashboard placeholder cards
After your update/news has been posted users have the option to ‘Like’, ‘Follow’ or ‘Comment’ on it. Any social activity can be seen if you click into the update/news article. In addition to that, the number of likes, comments and views are summarised on the bottom right corner of the card.
Editing, deleting or printing an update/news article
The bar under the image in your update/news article contains links giving you the option to Edit, Delete or Print the update/news article.