In addition to the ability to add your own sidebar items, Blue Utopia has built and made available a wide range of pre-made sidebar items that you can publish to your own site with very little customization necessary. These items include action-center buttons which direct your visitors to engage with your campaign, recent news widgets, social media buttons and links, and much more.
When you're on the sidebar page, you can add one of these items by clicking the link titled “Browse Inventory." From there, you can browse through the inventory of items. To select an item for publishing simply click it. This will start the process of creating a new sidebar item and will fill the content area with the code for the item. From there, simply make any edits necessary and publish.
Please Note: If your inventory item has any links (to Twitter or Facebook for example), you will need to modify those for your specific profile before publishing.
The Browse Inventory section has a variety of items for your sidebar for engaging your users. When you’ve found an item you like, you simply click it, and the system takes you to the “Create New” page with your selection already in the content box.
- Action Center: These items have links to ways site visitors can help your campaign, such as donating, volunteering, signing up for the email lists, etc.
- Social Networking: These items have links your campaign’s profile various social networking sites, so that visitors may interact with your campaign. Using social networking is an effective way to get out updates.
- Recent Items: Under this tab there are boxes for both recent and featured news items, blog posts, and press releases, as well as featured and upcoming events. The ‘Featured’ boxes are populated by items you have marked as ‘Featured’ while creating or editing content
- Misc: As of publishing, this section has a search box and an item for Popular blog posts