How to use content blocks and groups

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On your website you’ll have sitewide content, such as the homepage or privacy page, as well as content that is specific to a project, such as events or surveys.

Content can be easily added to a page by using content blocks and content groups.

Type Description
Content block Content blocks allow you to add different types of content to your site or project.
Content blocks include events, updates, html content, documents, pages, polls, surveys and questions.
Content group With content groups, you can add related groups of content blocks together, and display the group as either an accordion, tab or container.

 

Content blocks

Content blocks allow you to create and display unique content types for your site or project.

There are two different kinds of content blocks:

  • Content blocks that generate a unique page such as events, pages, updates, surveys, polls, questions and timelines.

  • Content blocks that add information to an existing page such as html content and documents.

Content block name Purpose Unique page or content block only?
​​Pages Create pages in addition to the main project page to split up information on larger projects Pages are added under Content > Pages. A unique page is created. A card for that page is automatically added to the main project page.
Maps Create maps to share geographical information with the public Maps are added under Content > Maps. Creating a map item does not generate a unique page, a map can only be added to an existing page through clicking Add new block on the edit tab of that page.
Updates Provide project updates to notify users of the latest project news Updates are added under Content > Updates. A unique page is created to display the update, which can be accessed via a tab on the main project page.

Cards for the last two updates are automatically displayed on the main project page.
Events Information on events and meetings related to this project Events are added under Content > Events. A unique page is created to display the update, which can be accessed via a tab on the main project page.

Cards for the last two events are automatically added to the main project page.
Documents Share one or more documents to provide extra information to a project.

File (Document) formats must be: doc, docx, pdf, txt, xls, xlsx, csv
Documents are added under Content > Documents. Creating a document item does not generate a unique page, a document can only be added to an existing page.

Documents are displayed by default on the main project page.
​HTML Content​ Add HTML content to your project page An HTML block is added to a project page through clicking Add new block on the edit tab of that page. No individual page is generated for this content type.
Image gallery Upload some images and create a thumbnail or a carousel image gallery to your project page An Image gallery block is added to a project through clicking Add new block on the edit tab of that page. No individual page is generated for this content type.
Regions Add links to selected region pages to your project page A region block is added to a project through clicking Add new block on the edit tab of that page. No individual page is generated for this content type.
Tags Add links to selected tags pages to your project page A tag block is added to a project through clicking Add new block on the edit tab of that page. No individual page is generated for this content type.
​Idea boards​ Add links to all the idea boards or a custom selection of the created idea boards for this project Idea boards are added under Participation > Idea boards. A unique page that includes all participation tools is created: this page can be accessed via the tab Participate on the main project page.
Polls Add links to all the polls or a custom selection of the created polls for this project Polls are added under Participation > Polls. A unique page that includes all participation tools is created: this page can be accessed via the tab Participate on the main project page.
​Surveys​ Add links to all the surveys or a custom selection of the created surveys for this project Surveys are added under Participation > Surveys. A unique page that includes all participation tools is created: this page can be accessed via the tab Participate on the main project page.

 

Content Blocks for your home page 

There are additional content blocks are only available for pages on the site content (Global) level, not within a project page. They are used for adding a project search bar and project lists to your home page.

Content block name Purpose Unique page or content block only?
Projects list Adds a list of projects  A project list block is added to a Page through clicking Add new block on the edit tab of that page. No individual page is generated for this content type.
Project search Adds a project search block.   A project search block is added to a Page through clicking Add new block on the edit tab of that page. No individual page is generated for this content type.
You can configure your project search bar preferences under site settings 

 

Adding a content block to a page

Content blocks can be added to a sitewide page, a project page or a project subpage.

Note*: to preview how a content block looks when added to a sitewide page, a project page, or a project subpage, the content block needs to be first published.*

The following instructions outline the steps to create a content block on a Projects page, however the same logic applies for content blocks on subpages or sitewide pages:

  1. Log in to your District Engage website.
  2. Click Projects in the left-hand menu bar. This will show you all projects you currently have access to.
  3. Click on a project to open it.
  4. Click on the Edit tab.
  5. Scroll down to click Add block.
  6. Select a block type, and follow the prompts to create the content block.
  7. Click Add [Block type] to save your changes.
  8. Drag and drop content blocks to change the display order.
  9. Click Publish.

 

Delete a content block from a page

To delete a content block from a specific page:

  1. Navigate to the page you want to edit, then click Edit.
  2. Click on the specific content block you want to delete.
  3. Click Remove. Note: if the content block is associated with a unique page such as Events or Updates, this won’t delete the content from the project, only this page.
  4. Once you’ve finished, click Save.

 

Content groups

If you’re adding a lot of content blocks to your project page, you can group them together to make it easier for participants to read and access.

 

Content group types

Content blocks will be sorted into either accordions, tabs or columns.

When the columns option is chosen, the group's content can be displayed in one of four Layout type: a 50/50 split, a 65/35 split, a 35/65 split, or as a Single column. It is also possible to further customise the way columns appear by selecting a Minimal or Highlight style from the Layout style menu.

 

Example of an accordion group

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Example of a tab group

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Example of a column group with 50/50 split, Minimal style

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Example of a column group with 65/35 split, Minimal style

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Example of a column group with Single column, Minimal style

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Example of a columns group with 50/50 split, Highlight style

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Adding a content group to a page

The following instructions show how to add a content group to your main project page, however the same logic applies for adding content groups to project subpages or sitewide pages:

  1. Log in to your District Engage website.
  2. Click Projects in the left-hand menu bar. This will show you all projects you currently have access to.
  3. Click on a project to open it.
  4. Click on the Edit tab.
  5. Scroll down and click Add Group.
  6. Give the group a Title. This will be publicly visible on the published website.
  7. Select a Group type to choose how you want this content to be displayed: Accordion will display the group vertically down the page; Tabs will display horizontally across the page, while Columns display a group of content blocks in columns. If you choose to display the content group in columns, you will also have the option to customise the Layout type. The group's content can be displayed with a 50/50 split, a 65/35 split, a 35/65 split, or as a single column (refer to the screenshots above to see how each layout looks).
  8. Drag and drop existing content blocks into the group in the order you want them to appear.
  9. Click Publish.

 

Deleting a content group from a page

Important! Deleting a content group will also delete all its content blocks from the page. However if the content block is associated with a unique page such as Events or Updates, this action won’t delete the content from the project, only this page.

To delete a content group from a page:

  1. Navigate to the page you want to edit, then click Edit.
  2. Click on the specific content group you want to delete.
  3. Click Remove.
  4. Once you’ve finished, click Publish.

 

Content block advanced settings 

For content blocks that can be displayed in grid form such as Documents, Events, Pages, Updates, and Participation tools, the advanced settings allow you to customise how the content is displayed.

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  • Sort Order: Choose the order in which content is displayed (e.g., Newest first, Oldest first).
  • Limit Number of Items: Set the maximum number of items to be displayed within the block.
  • Items per Row: Define how many items will appear in each row of the grid.
  • Display a Link to All Content: Enable this option to add a link directing users to view all content beyond the displayed limit.

Make sure to adjust these settings based on the volume and type of content you plan to display to enhance user experience.

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