Site URL and Tool URL

Overview

A URL is an address that you type in your browser’s address bar. Generally speaking, there is a unique URL for every item you view in your browser. When publishing with Brightspot, there are two important URLs:

  • Site URL—This is the URL that a visitor types in the address bar to retrieve one of your published items, such as an article or a video.
  • Tool URL—This is the URL that editors use to log in to Brightspot.

For example, Sally is a voracious reader and an even more voracious writer. She was hired by Extraterrestrial Cuisine, a media giant that has three publications: Moon Munchies, Venus Victuals, and Martian Menus, and Sally is publishing content to all three. The following table shows how Extraterrestrial Cuisine has set up its domain names:

Site Base URL Type
Brightspot http://editors.extraterrestrial.com Tool URL
Moon Munchies http://www.moonmunchies.com Site URL
Venus Victuals http://www.venusvictuals.com Site URL
Martian Menus http://www.martianmenus.com Site URL

When Sally comes to work every morning, she logs in to Brightspot using the address http://editors.extraterrestrial.com. Whenever she works on an article, she sees URLs similar to the following in her browser—regardless to which site she is publishing content.

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Visitors who want to read one of her articles see a URL similar to the following in their browsers.

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Configuring Tool URL

The Tool URL is the base URL editors use to work on their content. Configuring the tool URL is not required, but it is a best practice. If you don’t configure the tool URL, editors must sign on to Brightspot using the default site URL.

  1. From the Navigation Menu, select Admin > Sites & Settings.

  2. In the Sites & Settings widget, click Global. The Edit Global widget appears.

  3. Under the Main tab, enter base URLs in the Default Tool URL field.

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  4. Click Save.

Configuring Site URL

The site URL is where visitors view your published content. Site URLs are related to your publication’s domain names. (For an explanation of the site URL, see Overview.) Use the following procedure to configure a default base URL for all your sites, and to override the default URL for all of your subsidiary sites.

  1. From the Navigation Menu, select Admin > Sites & Settings.

  2. To define a default base URL for all your sites, do the following:

    1. In the Sites & Settings widget, click Global.
    2. In the Edit Global widget, under the Main tab, in the Default Site URL field, enter the base URL.
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  3. To define a site URL for one of your subsidiary sites, do the following:

    1. In the Sites & Settings widget, click the site for which you want to configure a site URL.
    2. In the Edit Site widget, in the Urls field, in the Default Site URL field, enter the site URL.
  4. Click Save.