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06. Creating Custom Landing Pages
Posted by Gabrielle Long, Last modified by Matthew Murphy on 08 April 2019 04:57 PM

In this tutorial, we will show you how to create additional landing pages for your volunteers, which can be used to promote specific events or be tailored to specific groups of users. Landing pages can be branded with a different logo and color scheme from the default landing page.

We highly recommend creating a landing page for each of the volunteer groups your organization works with (e.g., local businesses and churches). To create a landing page, follow the steps below.

Step 1.

Navigate to the Setup tab > Landing Pages sub-tab and click on the Add Landing Page button (Figure 1).


Figure 1. Landing pages can be created by clicking Add Landing Page from the Landing Pages sub-tab.

Step 2.

This will open a window for creating the new landing page (Figure 2). Enter the name of the landing page in the Name field (for administrative reference only) and a custom web address for the landing page in the Subhost field. Please note that the Subhost field cannot contain spaces or special characters, only letters and/or numbers. For this example, we will create a special landing page for volunteers from Wells Fargo.


Figure 2. You can create custom landing pages for specific user groups or event groups.

Step 3.

Select a behavior for your page. There are generally two types of landing pages you can build: event group pages or user group pages. These two options can be combined when needed, but most pages would typically use the User Group behavior only. 

  • Event Group Pages: If you want the page to show only the events in a particular event group, select that event group from the Event Group field. This functionality may be used occasionally to create a customized page for a specific annual event, but is primarily used when segmenting a VolunteerHub site into multiple regions, such as states or provinces, for which our Implementation Team will provide personalized recommendations to new VolunteerHub clients during your initial site implementation sessions. 
  • User Group Pages: If your landing page is being created for a specific user group, select that group from the User Group field (further instructions below). The checkboxes below the User Group field allow you to set how the landing page will behave for the selected user group. Checking the …only display events with a reservation for this group checkbox, in this example, would mean visitors to this landing page would see only those events with slots reserved for the Wells Fargo user group. Finally, checking the …auto-join users to this group checkbox will automatically enroll any user who visits the landing page into the selected user group. In our example, then, any user who visits the Wells Fargo landing page will automatically be added to the Wells Fargo user group. When using this feature, it is imperative that you give the link to the landing page only to members of that group, such as by emailing the link to your group contact or having him put a link to the landing page on the organization's main website (e.g., on the local Wells Fargo's website or intranet site).

Step 4.

By default, the landing page will accept the look and feel of your default page. However, if you check the Override the default look and feel checkbox, you can apply entirely new graphics and a unique color scheme to the landing page (Figure 3). This is great for customizing your landing page to the user group organization's color scheme or co-branding the page with another organization.

Customize the landing page the same way you did when customizing the look and feel of your default site. In addition, you are able to choose whether each additional landing page allows volunteers to share events from that page on Facebook and Twitter (we recommend unchecking this for private group landing pages).


Figure 3. Each landing page can override the default page's Look and Feel to include custom branding.

Step 5.

The next step in customizing a new landing page is to choose whether to keep your default in-system messages or override them with customized messages for landing page visitors. Check the Override the default messages checkbox to create new messages for landing page visitors (Figure 4).


Figure 4. Set custom messages for each landing page you create.

Step 6.

When you are finished customizing your landing page, click on the Save Landing Page button. Your landing page will now appear with your Default page in the list of landing pages (Figure 5).


Figure 5. Your landing page is now listed and ready to share with your group contact.

Click on the URL listed to the right of the landing page name (highlighted in Figure 5 above) to view your new landing page (Figure 6). To return to the default site, simply click the Admin link in the upper-right corner of the landing page.


Figure 6. A group landing page can have branding specific to the group you're working with.

Now that you've finished setting up your Hub, let's take a look at the results by viewing the page as a volunteer.

 


(Continue to Part 7: Viewing Your Site as a Volunteer)

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