How do I customise the 'Home' page

Note: In older versions of Asset Bank 'folders' were called 'access levels'

Asset Bank's 'Home' page is feature rich and highly configurable which allows you to turn it into a focal point for visitors to your Asset Bank. There are a number of elements that can be enabled to achieve various goals including promoting assets, highlighting recently added assets, keeping users informed of recent news and announcements or other content, promoting searches and also social media integration. Please see the image below for an example of what the home page can look like with all customisations enabled. Instructions on how to enable each feature are outlined underneath.

A note on the settings file

A number of the home page customisations involve the changing of settings in Asset Bank's settings file. Please see this Knowledgebase article to find out how to make changes to it:

http://www.assetbank.co.uk/go/knowledgebase/changes-settings-file.html

Please note you may not have access to the settings file depending on whether you have access to the server Asset Bank is hosted on. If in any doubt, please contact your IT department or whoever is in charge of administering your Asset Bank server.

1. Welcome text

The introductory welcome text can be changed by navigating the following menu path: Admin > Content and then using the "Turn on edit mode" control. Browse back to the home page and you will see a notepad and pen icon under various items of content, including the introductory text area. Clicking on that icon will launch a 'what you see is what you get' (WYSIWYG) editor that will allow you to edit the text as you wish. When finished, look for the "Turn off edit mode" control in the header of the page, or browse back to Admin > Content and turn off edit mode that way.

2. Featured Asset stream

The large asset in the top right hand corner is known as the 'featured asset'. You can enable it by giving a value greater than '0' to the following settings:

featured-image-width=

featured-image-height=

Please see this Knowledgebase article for instructions on how to add an asset to the featured assets stream:

http://www.assetbank.co.uk/go/knowledgebase/replace-featured-image.html

3. 'Recently Added' asset stream

The 'Recently Added' items area is a 'stream' that updates whenever new assets are added to the system to keep your users up to date on the latest assets that are available to them.

On older versions of Asset Bank (those that have num-recent-images in their settings file) and when using the classic homepage then to turn this stream on/off or to change the number of images that are displayed, change the setting num-recent-images in the settings file (use a value of '0' to turn the stream off).

If you are using a newer version of Asset Bank (identifiable by having num-recent-images-for-classic-homepage in the settings file). Then the assets that are shown in the recently added section are determined by a saved search. Go to Advanced Search > Saved Searches and look at the 'Recently added' saved search. This determines what assets are shown in that section (although, if you are still using the classic homepage with a newer version, you can still adjust the number of assets that appear on the homepage with the num-recent-images-for-classic-homepage setting even though it is still be fed by the new saved search).

4. 'Editor's Picks' asset stream

The 'Editor's Picks' stream is actually referred to as the 'Promoted Items' stream in Asset Bank, this is an example of how you can edit the content of headings to place a different emphasis on content. The feature is enabled in a similar way to the 'Recently Added' stream, by editing the following setting in the settings file:

num-promoted-images-homepage=

5. News Feed

The News Feed area can be used to keep your users up to date on news and events or other items of content. Please see this Knowledgebase article find out how to add a news article:

http://www.assetbank.co.uk/go/adminhelp/news/

Once you have done that, the following settings in the settings file can be used to adjust the positioning and amount of content of the news feed:

news-panel-position=

news-menu-enabled=

news-max-characters=

news-max-items=

6. Tabs above category panel

To enable the tab options above the category panel that allow you to browse assets by popularity or keyword, change the following setting in the settings file to true:

homepage-browse-tabs=

7. Organise the category list

You can organise your category list panel into an arbitrary number of columns. To set the number of columns you wish to use, change the following setting:
category-columns-on-homepage=

If you prefer to display each root category on a separate horizontal / vertical panel you can use the following setting:
show-one-panel-per-category-on-homepage=

In alternative to the classic browse panel you can choose the category explorer using the setting:
useCategoryExplorer=

Larger category images with text showing beneath

If you would like to have larger images to represent top level categories,with the category name showing beneath, then please refer to this article:

http://www.assetbank.co.uk/go/knowledgebase/category-thumbnails.html

8. Filters

Please see this article on how to set up a filter:

http://www.assetbank.co.uk/go/adminhelp/filters/

9. Facebook Integration

Facebook can be integrated with Asset Bank so your users can 'like' your Asset Bank and promote it and also do the same with individual assets.

Please note however that Facebook integration is only applicable to public facing Asset Banks that users can view without logging in. See this article for instructions on how to enable Facebook integration:

http://www.assetbank.co.uk/go/adminhelp/facebook/

10. Expand/collapse on category panel

This setting applies to both categories and folders. To show a collapse/expand control on the category tab once a certain number (default 20) of categories are visible edit the following setting:
num-categories-to-show-panel-expander=20

This control also requires the following settings:
homepage-browse-tabs=false
show-one-panel-per-category=none


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