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Video Tip: Create a homepage in under 5 minutes with Pages

We often get asked how to create a portal-like home page for a community.

A homepage has many benefits including:

Showing your best content first
By using the "Our Picks" blocks, you can display your best content first. This content sets the tone for the site and will encourage engagement across your site.

Display multiple areas of the suite
Each application has its own feed blocks that can be used to display content on the home page. If your members use Gallery heavily, then showcase those photos on the homepage. If you use Calendar a lot to schedule events, then show event feeds.
By displaying feeds to content is a great way to showcase all areas of your site on a single page.

Reduce confusion
For those of us that grew up with forums are used to viewing a list of categories and forums. We find it easy to scan the list of forums and dip into the ones that interest us.
For those that are not so familiar, a homepage displaying easily accessible content reduces the confusion and invites true content discovery.

In this short video, we show you how to create a homepage in under 5 minutes using the Pages app.

Pages is available with all Cloud plans and is available to purchase when buying a self-hosting license.

 

This video shows:

  • How to set Pages as the default application
  • How to create a Page Builder page
  • How to configure blocks to fine tune the feeds

As you can see, it's a straightforward task, and you do not need to know any programming or design to create a compelling homepage.

Do you have a homepage like this? We'd love to see it!

 

Edited by Matt


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Great to see these videos being done, thank you. 

For info, I needed one of these to see it, even at 1080p in the YouTube app...

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"Awesome tutorial, so THOSE were the settings Matt was talking about!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11 hours ago, The Old Man said:

Great to see these videos being done, thank you. 

For info, I needed one of these to see it, even at 1080p in the YouTube app...

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"Awesome tutorial, so THOSE were the settings Matt was talking about!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can look at using the "zoom" function on Camtasia? Did you go full screen? There was some compression (was around 500mb) on the video but it looked watchable.

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You can certainly get the gist of of it, but if you were a Pages newbie you may struggle a bit. Sorry, didn't intend to detract from the video. :smile: 

For some reason I can't view embedded YouTube videos full screen anymore in iOS Safari or iOS Chrome, it always says my browser doesn't support it since the last two iOS updates. So I clicked the YouTube logo and viewed it in the iPad YouTube app instead, however it seems to have a large black border around the video which sort of compresses it, even at full screen 1080p auto setting. Same when viewed at the YouTube website.

 

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On 7/11/2018 at 5:14 PM, Alex Hamilton said:

Just wish there were More Layout options with page builder and ability to add more Blocks and Columns 

Onlyme has a few widgets and applications that you can use as blocks and therefore add them in the page builder.

They are super simple and I use them regularly 

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But it shouldn't be an application or a plugin it should be built into ips4. ips4 pages could be a lot more and could allow people to create Home pages that look a lot more then there are now like Two sidebars then blocks in the middle don't get me wrong im so grateful for IPS4 and everyone who creates plugins but its bit of a beep havin to use wordpress and a main page then ips4 4 ( I know the image is joomla template but im looking at the layout (forgive the Messed up  sizing but those sorts of layouts) im trying to learn css java and html at the moment but but I think IPS team could Easily make the page build into an Actual page builder

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If Invision Power continues making such videos we are all will be appreciated, so, please more guiding videos will be very great especially for the Pages product.

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This is fantastic! A great way to get started. 

I think the most confusing part of Pages though is databases. How they work, what content they contain, how you put content into a database, etc. Would you be able to do a follow-up?

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2 hours ago, ipv6freely said:

This is fantastic! A great way to get started. 

I think the most confusing part of Pages though is databases. How they work, what content they contain, how you put content into a database, etc. Would you be able to do a follow-up?

Databases = a collection of records. 

Record = any single content item ... A recipe, quotation, article, news entry, update, tutorial, bio, etc.  

You write articles as a record.  They're displayed in the database.  The database will have multiple templates such as the record view, list view, or the category view.  Thus, you can customize those 3 views with templates.  

An easy example is a news section.  You write a news article as a record.  They're saved in a database.  

Databases is one of the most powerful features of the entire suite, and helps you create a repository of information around your forums.  

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@Matt Is this also how the https://invisioncommunity.com/ homepage was created, or did you use some other tools to extend the possibilities? I've looked into a couple of examples I could find. Those were using a landingpage application. I'd like to improve the first impression people have of my community. And that homepage should be top notch. Even better when people see it's "Powered by Invision Community".

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On 7/22/2018 at 5:46 PM, Joel R said:

Databases = a collection of records. 

Record = any single content item ... A recipe, quotation, article, news entry, update, tutorial, bio, etc.  

You write articles as a record.  They're displayed in the database.  The database will have multiple templates such as the record view, list view, or the category view.  Thus, you can customize those 3 views with templates.  

An easy example is a news section.  You write a news article as a record.  They're saved in a database.  

Databases is one of the most powerful features of the entire suite, and helps you create a repository of information around your forums.  

I completely agree with the above bolded quote, but it also seems to be one of the most difficult to get your head around. 

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