What is a collection?
Collections contain multiple pieces of content of the same type. Collections can be used in a variety of ways to group together related content, for example an audio collection could include tracks for an album or an audio book, whilst a video collection could be a series on a a particular topic.
Creating a collection
Collections can be created by clicking ‘Add collection’ next to the Category you would like it to be part of, then click ‘Create New Collection’. Collections can also be created from the Content Creation form or from the collections page, these collections will be automatically added to the ‘Other’ category until you move them.
Add a title
First you need to give your collection a title, you can also give a subtitle and an original release date.
Add a cover image
Next you can add a cover image. This is optional, but we do recommend using a cover image to help your collections stand out. You can either upload an image from the media library or your device. A basic cropping tool is available when choosing a cover image, but we would recommend using a landscape image with ideal dimensions 1920x1080. For Audio collections you should select a square image.
Description and Performers
Other optional fields include the collection description and performers, if you wish to show contributors towards the collection such as collaborators on a music playlist or author contributions to a selection of articles.
Next you need to add a publishing date. The publishing date is the date the collection will become available to users, you must also toggle ‘Ready to publish’ for the collection to appear on your website and apps. You can come back and edit this section later if you are not ready to add a publishing date or publish the collection.
Uncategorised Sort Order
This can be used to control the order that collections of the same type appear in. For example if you want one collection to always be the first that your users see, then you can mark it as 1. If left blank the collections will display by most recently created.
Uncategorised sort order only works when there are no categories. Categories are useful for curating large numbers of collections, check out the article about categories to decide which is the best curation method for you.
Editing and deleting a collection
To access a collection, open Content Curation and click on the collection. The collection page shows the content within the collection and the cover image for the collection. It will also display if the collection is Published or Unpublished and highlight content that is unpublished.
From the collection page you can:
- Click edit to change any of the collection fields
- Add new content by clicking 'Create Content'
- Delete the collection using the Delete button
- Rearrange the order of the content by clicking the icon next to the content and dragging into permission
- Remove content from a collection by clicking the 3 dots
- Edit content by clicking the content title