Badges are a great way of visually linking related content to help your users find what they need. Here's how to set them up.
This article contains the following sections:
- Branded Badges
- Associate a badge to a group
- Adding badges to content
- Reordering & Deletion
- The Premium badge
First, head to the cog in the top right-hand corner of the page and select Settings. On this page, scroll down to the Structure header where you will find the Badges tile.
You have the option to add both a logo and a Call to Action (CTA) to a badge; doing so converts the badge into a Branded Badge.
When uploading a logo, make sure that the image is less than 4096 x 4096 pixels and in a squared format. The button URL will open in a new tab when clicked, whilst the CTA will inherit your Community's primary colour as its background.
Branded Badges are displayed separately from regular badges, in the sidebar on the right-hand side of the content page. Please note that if you have inserted an image as the background of the badge, this will not be displayed on a Branded Badge.
Branded Badges will also be displayed separately in the authoring page, and will be denoted as a Branded Badge in Badge Settings.
Associate a badge to a group
In the editor, you will also find the option to link the badge to a specific group on your community. Note that this will cause the badge to appear on all content posted by members of the group you have selected.
Moreover, it will be greyed out in the authoring edit page when members of the group are creating content, showing them that their content will be badged but stopping the user from disabling the badge. Make sure that you’re happy for this to happen before you save the badge.
Adding badges to content
Once you have created one or more badges, you will be able to add them to your content from the authoring page; it is possible to add badges to post, video and document content.
Badges - including Branded Badges - will be displayed on content cards, whilst regular badges will also be displayed at the top of the content page (Branding Badges are displayed separately).
Note that whilst you can add as many badges as you like to a piece of content, we can only display up to 4 on the content card.
Reordering & Deletion
You have the ability to create as many badges as you want on your Community. If your list of badges is getting rather long, you may wish to reorganise them to ensure that certain badges appear at the top of the Badges tab in the authoring sidebar.
To do this, drag the badges up or down using the slider icon to the left of the badge name. This will reorder them automatically so no need to worry about remembering to hit save!
The Premium badge
The Premium badge will always appear at the top of the Badges Settings page, where you will be presented with the same configuration options as the regular custom badges.
This badge will be added to all content that is marked as premium, which means that users must be signed-in to your site in order to be able to access it and is an effective means of driving registration to your site.
If you would prefer the premium badge not to be displayed on content that is marked as premium on your site, you can configure this from your Authoring Settings.
To see the badge in action, head to an item of content and select the 'Quick Edit' button at the top of the page, where you will find the option to mark the content as premium.
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