Post your story, and enable distribution and interaction options.
Publishing a story posts it to the Storify website, and enables the following options from the Story View.
Click Edit to return to the Story editor, and continue working.
When you’ve finished your Story, click Publish.
Once published, select the Published pulldown menu to select View Published Story and open the Story View.
From the Story View, use the toolbars to
- change your cover photo,
- change settings for the story,
- change the Template for the Story (Story, Grid, or Slideshow),
- Share the Story (Twitter, Facebook, or Google+),
- generate the Embed code,
- or return to the Edit page.
Use the icon to the right of any piece of content in your story to display it as your cover photo.
Use the Story View to manage your story’s presentation, including its URL, export format, layout, and privacy settings.
Change Access settings
Select the ellipses ( … ) from the Published story page to access story presentation options. Available options include:
- Make Story Private / Public: changes your Story from Public to Private, or vice versa.
Note: Private URLs are obfuscated, meaning they include a random alphanumeric string. Public URLs use words in the URL (by default, the title of the story). Changing a story from Private to Public changes the obfuscated URL into the default, public URL.
- Change URL: allows you to change the trailing text for your URL.
- Export: exports your story to the selected file format: PDF, HTML, XML, or JSON. Selecting PDF automatically generates and downloads a PDF from your story. (Use this option to export your story for print, offline distribution, or email campaigns.)
- Revert to Draft: unpublishes your story.
- Delete: deletes your story from Storify.
Publishing Private Stories
Private stories are visible only through a special, randomly generated secure URL, so they’re ideal for internal reports, company communications or personal research.
- Select Make Story Private from the Settings dialog to publish to a privately distributed URL.
- Private stories are not searchable in Storify or other search engines, and will not be visible on your Storify profile to others.
- You can embed Private stories on other sites, making them visible to anyone who has access to that site. (This can be useful for an internal company blog, a password-protected site, or other instances in which anyone with access to the site is allowed access to the embedded Storify content.)
- The private URL assigned to your story may not be edited. Only public story URLs can be changed.
Note: Anyone with access to your secret URL will be able to view the story without a login required. Be careful when sharing your Private story URLs.
Storify allows you to select from and switch between three story templates:
- Story: presents content in a traditional blog format, with text, images, graphics, and other embedded media shown fully expanded, in the order and format with which it appears in your Story editor. This template allows your readers to scroll through your story, as if they were reading a blog post.
- Grid: presents a grid of all images contained within your story, with a caption pulled from the original content, if available. Text, links, and other non-graphic materials are not displayed.
- Slideshow: presents content as a slideshow, with one slide for each content element in your Storify editor. This template allows your readers to click through content as if they were clicking through a slideshow.
Click Embed to open a dialog that allows you to generate embed code for your story. Once generated, copy and paste the generated iFrame tag into any existing website. Content within this iFrame is responsive, and will scale appropriately wherever embedded.
To generate embed code:
- Select a Template: Story, Grid, or Slideshow. (Note: The template for your embed code may differ from that used for your published story.)
- Select a Header style for your story: Full, Mini, or Headerless.
- Check whether to include a Border around your story.
- Check HTML for SEO to optimize your embed code for search engines.
- Copy and paste the generated Embed Code anywhere you like.
Customize your Embed Style
Use the Embed Style options under Account > Settings to customize your story embeds, so they align with your site’s style and branding. Unrestricted API access gives total flexibility to how Storify works with your site.
- Select your headline and body typeface.
- Customize the text, link, and background color of the embed.
- Connect your Typekit account to your Storify account, to enable more styling options.
Or use the Storify API to gain full CSS customization over how stories are embedded.
From the Story View, you and your readers may share your story or its elements to social media sites, add comments, and review the number of people who have read your story, broken out by the top three sites from which it was read.
Select Notify from the menu bar to @reply to Twitter accounts quoted in the story.
Note: Storify will notify only 10 Twitter accounts at a time. If more than 10 people are quoted, click this button as many times as needed to notify them all.
Link to your Story
Storify will automatically generate a link to any header in your story. Hover over a header, then click on the link button that appears to the left of the text block to enter the link in the URL bar of your browser. Once generated, this link may be used to link directly into the Story.
Select Share from the top menubar to quickly share your story to Twitter, Facebook, or Google+.
Click the share icon to the right of content to:
- share to Storify, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or Pinterest,
- post an update to your LinkedIn account, your LinkedIn groups, or to individual connections,
- generate an email automatically populated with the story’s title and permalink, to send to anyone you like.
If enabled, click the Comment icon to the right of content to add a Sidenote to the item. (For more information, please see the Livefyre Sidenotes documentation.)
Click Like at the bottom of the story to add your count to the page.
Review Page Hits
Click total views to see a breakdown of the number of viewers, by site.