Creating Collections, and defining their working parameters.
Use the Collections tab to create new Collections, define their settings, and embed them on your site.
- Create a Collection
- Define Collection Settings
- Add a Schedule
- Add a Refresh Date
- Add Collection Tags
- Add Curate Content
- Generate Embed HTML
Owners and Moderators may use Studio to create new Collections. (You may also use the Create Collection API to create new Collections.)
Note: Studio may be used to create Comments, Chat, Live Blog, and Reviews Apps. For other app implementations, including Ratings, Social Counter, and Sidenotes Collections, please use the Livefyre APIs.
To Create a Collection
- From the Collections panel, click +New Collection.
- In the New Collection window that opens, enter a Collection Title, which will be mentioned in all email notifications, Tweets, and share notifications from the Collection. (The Collection Title is often the title of the article or page.)
Note: Collection Titles must be 255 characters or fewer.
- Select the Collection Type: Comments, Live Blog, Chat, or Reviews.
Note: Use Comments, Live Blog, or Chat to create a Collection for Curate content.
- Select the Site on which the Collection will be included.
- Enter an Article ID for the Collection, if desired. The Article ID must be unique within your site. It may correspond to a Post ID from your CMS, or it may be a custom identifier. (Livefyre will automatically generate a unique Article ID when you click +New Collection. You may overwrite this ID with your own, if you like.)
- Enter the Article URL, which is the URL for the page on which this Collection will be embedded.
Note: If you are creating the Collection simply to pull in Curate content, the Article URL does not need to be a valid page URL.
- Click +Create.
Clicking Create will take you to the Collection Summary page for the Collection.
From the Collections List, click on the name of a Collection to view or edit Collection Info.
The Collection Info page offers an overview of the Collection, as well as access to Collection Settings, Content, and Developer Information.
- The top left of the panel allows you to edit the Collection Title, and add or remove Collection tags. (Simply click in the Collection Title to edit it, or click on the tag icon or existing tags to add or edit Collection tags.)
- The top right provides buttons to See the Collection live on your Site, to access the Embed Code for the Collection, and to add Curate Content (visible to Curate customers only).
- The left side of the panel provides an overview of the Collection, including the total number of pieces of content and total number of participants, as well as the content’s source and moderation status.
- The right side of the panel allows you to define Collection configuration Settings, define a Schedule and Refresh Schedule, and view Developer Info for the Collection.
Note: For any setting that is also configurable at the Network and Site levels, the Collection level setting will inherit the Site level setting. These inherited settings will be marked in the pull down menu with (default), and may be manually overridden at the Collection level.
Click edit from the Collection Settings pane to access and edit configuration settings for the Collection. When complete, click Save Changes to save your settings, and return to the Collection Info page.
For more information on these, and a complete list of Settings available at the Network and Site Levels, please see Settings > Default Settings Tab.
Note: The settings available for each app vary.
- Collection Title
- Allows you to edit the Collection Title. (The title may also be edited from the Collection Info page.)
- Allows you to add or edit Collection tags. (Tags may also be added or edited from the Collection Info page.)
- Allow New Content
- Switch Allow New Content to OFF to close the Collection to new content.
Note: This setting does not affect content stemming from Curate Rules.
- Collection Type
- Allows you to change the Collection type between Comments, Live Blog, and Chat. Changes made to the Collection type in Studio will usually appear in the stream within 5-10 minutes.
- Article URL
- Allows you to edit the Article URL.
- Allow Replies
- Sets whether users may post replies to content within the Collection. (This setting is used with Live Blog and Reviews Collections only.)
- Premoderate Content
- Sets whether content posted by users must be approved by a Moderator before appearing in the stream.
Note: This setting does not affect content stemming from Curate Rules.
- Nest Level
- Defines the number of levels replies will nest in the stream. (Live Blog and Comments will accept a nesting level of 2, 3 or 4. Chat does not support nesting.)
- Display Media
- Defines whether media posted by users (photos or videos) will be expanded and displayed in the stream. Selecting Off will display a permalink to the posted content.
- Premoderate Media
- Sets whether user posts including media will be set to Pending for premoderation before posting to the stream.
Note: This setting does not affect content stemming from Instagram and RSS Curate Rules (but does control content stemming from Twitter and Facebook Curate Rules).
- Allow Photo Uploads
- Sets whether users may upload photos to the Collection.
- Queue New Content
- Enables content queueing, to control high speed streams. For more information, see Network level Default Settings > Queue Comments.
- Throttle Content
- Use Throttle Content to intelligently reduce the number of comments flowing into the stream, to improve the user experience for high volume streams. (For more information, see Features > Throttle Content.)
- Enable Featured Comments
- When enabled, Featured content will be displayed above the editor in Comments Apps. (Note: Featured Content appears inline for all other App types.)
- Allow Bulk Content
- Turn this setting to ON to disable the bulk classifier, allowing you to stream #hashtag campaigns.
Schedule Collection allows you to schedule the time a Collection will be opened or closed to new content (rather than manually allowing or disallowing new content using the Allow New Content setting). Schedules may be recurring, and may repeat on specific days.
If a Collection is open to new content, users may post new content, and Curate content will be included in the stream. If a Collection is closed, users cannot post content, and no new content will stream in automatically.
Use Schedule Collection, rather than Refresh Collection, if you wish to close a Collection permanently, or if you wish to reopen it for scheduled intervals, while maintaining previously posted content.
For example: Use this option to schedule Chat or Live Blog Collections to be open to new content only during a specific event.
To Add a schedule:
- From the Collection Settings pane, click +Add in the Schedule pane.
- From the Create New Schedule dialog, enter a From and To date.
- Click the All Day checkbox to open the Schedule from 00:01am on the From date, to 12:59pm on the To date.
- Or, enter Times for the schedule to open and close on each of the selected dates.
- Click Save Schedule to save your changes, and return to the Collection Settings pane, where a description of your schedule will be listed.
To Add a schedule which repeats daily:
- Enter a From and To date, and select All Day, or enter From and To times, which will be applied to each day.
To Add a schedule which repeats weekly:
- Enter a From date, but leave To blank, and select All Day, or From and To times.
Refresh Collection allows you to set the time and date at which the Collection will “refresh,” creating a new Collection to replace the existing, using the same URL, Title, and Article ID. The new Collection will inherit all Settings and Curate Rules from the Collection being replaced. At the scheduled time, the new Collection will appear on the same page, at the same URL, with page refresh. The old Collection will be renamed with the date appended to the end of the Collection name.
Use Refresh Collection, rather than Schedule Collection, if you wish the Collection to refresh without including previous content.
For example: Use this option to create recurring, weekly Chat Collections, that will be associated with the same URL, Title, and Article ID, to use in conjunction with a weekly television or radio event.
Use Collection Tags to help organize and sort your Collections, by providing an additional key to search for Collections. Tags may also be used to sort content between moderation teams, process data for analytics, or temporarily categorize items based on breaking news.
Note: Use the CollectionMeta object to add Collection tags through the Livefyre API.
Note: Spaces included in tags added through Studio will translate to underscores in the Livefyre APIs and CSS.
To add a Collection Tag:
- Hover over the tag icon in the Collection Info page to open a text field, or use the Tags field in the Settings page.
- Enter text for the Tag, and click Enter.
To remove a Collection Tag:
- Hover over the tag name, and click the x that appears.
Click +Curate Content to add curated content to your stream.
If you are subscribed to Curate, you can create Curate Rules for Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and RSS Feeds. You may also use the Curate Search option to search for content from these sources, and add selected items directly to the stream. Refer to the Curate section for more information on how to create and manage these rules.
Note: Both Curate Rule and Curate Search are available only to Curate customers.
Livefyre offers two means to add curated content:
- Use Curate Rule to create rules which will automatically populate your stream with content pulled from the selected sources.
- Use Curate Search to manually select individual pieces of content to add to your stream.
Once created, Livefyre will generate the Embed code for the Collection, which may be used to embed the Collection on any page in your Network. To generate the HTML snippet used to embed your Collection on a page:
- From the Collection Info screen, click the </> Embed Code button.
- From the Embed Code panel that opens, copy and paste the HTML code snippet displayed into your web page.
Note: For Apps requiring user authentication, your integration for user auth must be complete and located on the page before adding the Embed Code.