Recommended Tools for Designing a Streamline Group/Forum

Document created by Jamie Heinrich on Jan 8, 2019Last modified by Jamie Heinrich on May 1, 2019
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Below is a list of tools best suited for designing a space on the ACS Network that is easy to update and maintain.

 

Tool (Tiles)
Tool (Widgets)
Function
Recommended Use
Document ViewerDocument ViewerDisplays any document which has been crated in the NetworkUse this tool to display bodies of formatted text, images, tables- i.e. a welcome message on the home page, tables listing officer info, etc
Recent ContentRecent Content (specify content types)Displays the most recent content published in the spaceUse this tool as a means to update the homepage of a Network space- ensures users will see the content that is most recent and relevant
Featured ContentFeatured ContentDisplays selected pieces of published contentUse this tool to identify and display pieces of content that are cyclic and worthy of unique attention- i.e. annual documents, monthly newsletters, etc
Super List---Displays most recent content published with certain tags, categories, or of specific content typesThis tool is exceptional for creating lists of automatically updating content within a certain tag, category, etc- opportunity for use is broad across a Network space
Latest Blog PostsRecent Content (Blog Posts)Displays the most recent blog posts published in a spaceIf publishing announcements or updates regularly, this tool may be used to display a recent listing in the form of blog posts
Unanswered QuestionsUnanswered QuestionsDisplays the most recent questions posted to a space that have not been marked as "answered"Use this tool to display the questions and responses taking place amongst users of a Network space- this is a great way to encourage user engagement
Helpful Links---Displays a curated list of links for easy accessThis tool is best used for identifying links to webpages outside of the ACS Network that are relevant to users
Upcoming EventsUpcoming EventsDisplays a list of events occurring in the near-futureIf publishing events regularly, this tool may be used to display a listing of the events occurring soonest to the current date
Key Content and PlacesFeatured PlacesDisplays a curated list of links to content and other spaces within the ACS NetworkUse this tool to identify and display relevant content and forums/groups for users (widgets only identify key places; to identify content the "Formatted Text" widget can be used with hyperlinks)
Ask A QuestionAsk "title of group/forum"Displays a search bar for users to search the space and post questionsThis tool allows users to search the content of a space, and post a question if they seek additional support- helpful tool for ease of use and enabling engagement with other Network users

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