Item Editor Basics

October 15, 2014 Uberflip Customer Success

Using Uberflip's powerful Item Editor tool, you can make updates to your content, add or change photos on your Hub tiles, configure SEO options, and change publishing dates.

The Item Editor gives you control over what is displayed to your audience, from the image displayed on the Item Tile, to the Meta Description that describes your content to search engines, to the actual content itself! You can even create a brand new Blog article from scratch using this tool!

Currently the Item Editor is available for the following types of Items:

  • Blog Posts
  • Flipbooks
  • Slideshare
  • Videos
  • Social (Meta Data and Custom Code only)

Note:  When you use the Item Editor to adjust an existing Item or author a new Blog article, these changes are not reflected at the original source of the Item, meaning if you update an Item from a Facebook stream in your Hub, the original post in Facebook will stay the same. 

 

Accessing The Item Editor

When you log in to your account, you can access the Item editor by opening an Item. From your Hub Dashboard, click 'Manage Content' on the left. Choose any Stream (or the Stream with the Item you want to edit).

When you open the Stream you'll see the Tiles that are in that Stream. Select one to open the Item Editor.

Authoring a New Article From Scratch

The Item Editor opens automatically To author a brand new Blog Article, navigate to a Blog Stream and click on the big '+' button.

 

Editing Content

Once inside the Item Editor, you'll have the freedom to make changes to your content, update the metadata and SEO features, or add any Custom Code.

From the main Item Editor screen, you can update the content for the Item, the title, and Schedule or Delete the post.  You can also use the 'Open' button to preview your article, 'Share' button to post the Item link on social media or 'Embed' to get the code for embedding the Item directly from the editor.

Content

For Blog Items you can edit all the content that is displayed in the Item.

For other types of Items, like Flipbooks, you can control what is displayed below the Flipbook or video. You can upload images for use in your Item pages via the Editor's image icon (in the top bar) and then 'Upload' tab.

Schedule Delete

The menu to the right of the editor will give you two more options: Schedule and Deleted. 'Schedule' allows you to enter a date and time for when to SHOW, HIDE, FEATURE or UN-FEATURE the Item.

Choosing 'Delete' will remove the whole post.

! Don't forget to 'Publish' / 'Publish Changes'

The 'Publish' (if you're writing a brand new blog post) or 'Publish Changes' button (if you're editing an Item) remains inactive while the app saves your changes / updates. When your changes have been made the button will turn blue, letting you know you can publish the post, or publish the changes.

 

Updating Item Metadata

The second tab of the Item Editor is the 'Metadata' tab. This section is where you can create or edit the Item's description, choose an author already in your Hub or create a new author for the post, add an image for the Item, Show or Hide the Item and update the Item tags. 

Changes in the Meta Data tab are saved automatically.

  • Description: Describe your article here.  It is used in the <description> meta tag for SEO purposes
  • URL Path: Update the URL path for the Item. 
  • Thumbnail:  Define the Image shown on the Item tile by entering a URL of an image hosted on the cloud.  Ideal image size is 500X272 for full display on top of an Item tile for all Tiles except for Flipbook Tiles.  For Flipbook tiles we will automatically choose the display of your cover image based on the dimensions of the PDF page.
  • Author:  Change the Author or add new Authors to your Hub's pool.  The Author will be displayed as the content creator along with a bio in a block at the bottom of the Item page.
  • Status: Whether the post is designated as 'Hide' or 'Show'.
  • Created Date:  The date that the Item was created in your Hub.
  • Publish Date: The date that the Item was published in your Hub (published Items can still be hidden! Click here for more on what this all means).
  • Hide Publish Date: By default, your publish date will show on your item tile, but you can choose to hide it by checking this box. 

 

Updating Item Tags

The 'Tag' tab in the Item editor allows you to add tags to the Items in your Hub. 

Adding tabs to Items is very simple: type the tag in and hit enter (or return). The app will save the tag to the Item automatically.

If you type the same tag into other Items, the app will automatically show the tag so you can select it.

 

Updating Item SEO

This tab of the editor is where you can access SEO options. 

Change the Canonical URL for the Item, update the SEO Title and / or SEO Description. If all of these fields are left blank, the Item's URL, Title and Description are automatically used for search engines. Click here for more information.

Editing Custom Code

The 'Custom Code' tab in the Editor allows you to add HTML, CSS and JavaScript to the Item . Select the checkbox at the top beside 'Enable Custom Code on this Item' to make sure changes are published.

If you've already added Custom Code to your Hub, these sections will look familiar. Click on either 'HTML', 'CSS' or 'JS' to access the specific section and edit whatever you'd like. 

A couple points to keep in mind before venturing into using custom code for your Items:

  • Adding Custom Code to your Hub Items is up to you and beyond our control.  As a result, we cannot officially support or advise on any particular solution or implementation.
  • We cannot guarantee current CSS selectors will not change in the future. It is your responsibility to maintain this code.
  • Should you experience any problems with your Hub or Hub Items and need to engage our Support team, you may need to disable Custom Code first.
  • You'll notice that any code included on an Item will be inserted within the <div class="page-width item-level" id="item-content"> element of the page. Outside of this, we don't provide a list of Item element's Ids and Classes.  You'll need to use a browser's 'developer tools' while viewing your Hub to identify these elements so you can target specifically with your custom CSS.

For more information on adding Custom Code to your Hub, check out this article.

 

 

Publish vs. Show - What's the difference?

As you're writing or editing an Item, the system will automatically save your changes. If you've started a new post, and navigated to another section of your Hub without hitting the 'Publish' button, the system will automatically save your new post as a 'DRAFT

You'll know this is the case when you're logged in and looking at your blog. The Tile for the new post will be greyed out and have a 'DRAFT' label at the top. 

While an article is in this state, you can set the publish date to any time in the future.

When you've completed your post and you hit 'Publish' the status of that post will be 'Show' automatically. 

So what about this 'draft saved' business?

If you make any changes to a post that has been published that has a status of either 'Hide' or 'Show', you'll see a notification pop up at the bottom of your screen with a checkmark that says 'draft saved'.

The 'Publish Changes' button will turn blue, letting you know changes have been made. At this stage (before you hit the 'Publish Changes' button), the app has saved your most recent changes. If your post has a status of 'Show', you won't see your changes in the public version of the post.

This is a great feature if you have other team members that need to review the content.

Clicking the blue 'Publish Changes' button will make sure all of your changes are pushed to the live post.

If the post is hidden ('Hide' status) you'll need to change the status to 'Show' to push your post to your live Hub. To do this, you can either click on the eye icon at the bottom of the tile, or change the status in the Meta Data tab.

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