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Configure your home page galleries

The home page is the landing page of your organization’s website and serves as a gateway for your user community. Configuring a modern and professional-looking home is not only a best practice, but also a reflection on your organization and the communities you serve. The home page provides helpful resources and content for organization members once they sign in. Your home can also serve as a public destination, showcasing maps, apps and other content to a broad audience.

It’s important to consider both what an anonymous public visitor and a member of your organization experiences when they reach your site.  Across the top of your home page are tabs which are different depending if you are an anonymous visitor or a signed-in member. An anonymous (public) visitor will see the following tabs:

Public tabs

After signing in, a member of your organization sees the following:

Signed-in tabs

You can configure two of these—Gallery and Groups—to display a specific collection of content. Configuring these tabs with good content is often overlooked, but doing so is an important part of your overall home page experience. Default administrators and those with the appropriate privileges can configure these tabs.

 

Configure the Gallery

By default, the Gallery displays all organization items, though public visitors will only see publicly shared items. Rather than present a random collection of content, you can control what is presented by configuring the Gallery tab to display selected content managed in a group. To configure the Gallery, follow these four steps.

Step 1 — Create a group that will contain your Gallery content. The group must be public, but content in the group can be both public and visible to organization members only. Public visitors will only see the publicly shared content. Once you have created the group, share your content into the group to display on the Gallery. For more information on creating groups, see Create groups.

Next, you will configure the Gallery to display the contents of the group created in this step.

Step 2 — In the organization Settings, open the Gallery tab to view the current settings.

Gallery configuration
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Step 3 — Click the pencil to display a dropdown of available groups.

Edit gallery settings

Step 4 — Choose the group to populate the Gallery from the dropdown list.

Select group

Once you select the group, you will receive a confirmation that the Gallery setting has been updated.

Successful update

 

Configure Groups

By default, the Groups tab displays a collection of groups selected by Esri. You can replace the defaults with your own groups, or combine them. To configure the Group gallery, follow these steps.

Step 1 — In the organization Settings, open the Groups tab to view the current settings.

Groups settings

Step 2 — To remove one, or all the default groups, click the X to the right of the group.

Remove featured groups

Step 3 — To add your own groups, click Manage.

Featured groups manage

Then select one or more groups from the list of all groups owned by members of your organization.

Featured groups

Click Save when finished. You will see a confirmation that the Groups gallery setting has been updated.

Successful update

The groups you have chosen will be displayed on the Groups tab for public visitors to your home page. After signing in, members will see a collection of groups they own, or are members of. The featured groups configured above will be available to members in Featured Groups in the Groups tab after they sign in.

Featured Groups

 

Going the extra mile

The Iowa Department of Transportation organization home follows best practices. Not only is the home page nicely designed, it also includes configured Gallery and Groups tabs as described above.

Organization home page:

Iowa DOT home
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Organization Gallery tab:

Iowa DOT Gallery
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Organization Groups tab:

Iowa DOT Groups tab
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Summary

With a few simple steps you can configure a much better gallery and groups experience for both public visitors and organization members.

 

More information

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