Designing your Bulletin.

Now that you have selected your Bulletin template, you'll be presented with the Designer page. The Designer allows you to further customize the look and feel of your Bulletin, as well as add content to it.

The Designer page will give you a direct look at what will arrive when the email is sent.

What to do next.

There are six primary ways to interact with the Designer page:

  • The Designer Area
  • Content
  • Themes
  • Layouts
  • Properties
  • Text

By default the "Content" area on the left will be selected. Below we will cover what each area does and how you can interact with it.

Designer Area

The Designer area is where you interact with anything already on the page such as the: widgets, header, greeting, and footer areas.

Greeting

The greeting is part of each Bulletin, and is controlled by the Bulletin group. You can edit the Bulletin Greeting easily by hovering over it and clicking on the Edit Icon as shown below.

Greeting interface

Banners are only part of Classic Bulletin layouts. If you are using a classic Bulletin layout, hovering over the header and clicking on the edit icon will send you into the Header designer.

Footers are only part of Classic Bulletin layouts. If you are using a classic Bulletin layout, hovering over the footer and clicking on the edit icon will send you into the Header designer.

Content

The content section is our collection of widgets. To learn more about different widget types, please view our Widget's Page.

Adding Widgets

You can drag and drop any widgets into the Designer Area by clicking on it and dragging.

Screenshot of Selecting a widget

Screenshot of dropping a widget into a section when it is ready

Your widget is now on the page and can be interacted with.

Editing Widgets

Once dropped into the area you want it in you can interact with the widget by hovering over it and using the widget's controls.

Hover interface for a widget

Each widget has its own controls, typically you can edit, and or change the properties of a widget.

When hovering you can see the widget controls, some widgets will allow you to get into a quick edit and make changes to its content. Other widgets will require you to go into the full edit mode.

Screenshot of quick edit interface

Clicking on the Edit icon will allow you to edit the content of the widget. Each widget can have its own controls, in different areas of the website.

Clicking on the properties cog will allow you to adjust the widgets individual properties and controls like: how many items to be displayed.

Screenshot of the properties interface

Moving Widgets

If you place a widget in the wrong place, or decide later it would be better suited to be somewhere else on the page. You can click and hold, and drag it to another space.

Screenshot of moving a placed widget

Removing Widgets

If you no longer want the widget to be displayed in the Bulletin, you can choose to press on the X in the widget. This only removes it from the current Bulletin.

Screenshot of remove widget interface

Themes

Themes are what controls the basic look and feel: colors, text, sizing, etc. We have a number of themes available in two types. You can choose which theme you want by clicking on the theme color swatches.

Picking a theme swatch

You can learn more about themes on our Themes Page.

Layout

Layouts control which areas you can place widgets into. There are two types of layouts, Classic & Modern. Modern layouts have more areas to drop content into, whereas Classic Layouts have banners and footers.

Picking a layout

You can learn more about layouts on our Layouts Page.

Properties

This panel allows you to view the individual settings of the Bulletin.

Screenshot of Properties panel

Bulletin Name

This setting controls the name of the Bulletin which will be displayed in the Bulletin's list page on the website.

Bulletin Date

This setting controls the "published" date of the Bulletin, and is also displayed on the Bulletin's list page on the website.

Bulletin Group

This setting controls which Bulletin group the Bulletin is stored in. This also affects which Bulleting Greeting is used.

Editor Name

This setting controls the Bulletin Editor name in the Bulletin Editor Widget when it is used.

Editor Email

This setting controls the Bulletin Editor's email in the Bulletin Editor Widget when it is used.

Email Subject

This setting controls what the Bulletin send page's subject line is for the individual bulletin and will show when the Bulletin is sent.

Website Publishing

These settings control individual controls of the bulletin when it is published and sent. It defaults based on your Bulletin Settings.

Visible on Website

This setting, when checked allows the Bulletin to be shown on the Bulletin list. You can control access to the page through the Access Level setting.

Show Commitments

This setting controls if members commitments are shown when the Bulletin is sent. They are not shown when viewing the Bulletin on the website.

Access Level

This setting allows you to control if the public can view the Bulletin or not. Setting requires login means that if the Bulletin is available on the Bulletin list, members will need to login before they can see it. This does not apply to the emailed Bulletin.

This setting controls what the permalink attribute which is used to give a unique url for your Bulletin when it is available on the website.

Text

This area is for the "text" only version of the Bulletin that will be sent out. Some of your members email clients may not be configured to allow or show html emails. We've added some default text to help members who cannot receive html emails be able to view the bulletin.

Otherwise you can customize this text only version of the Bulletin.