Community

The Community plugins allow logged-in site visitors to share affinities and comments with the larger community. The Community plugins are dependent on the Users plugin, which provides support for user accounts and profile pages.

The Community plugins provide the following affinities:

  • Bookmarks to save a page URL for future access by a user. Brightspot bookmarks can be made visible in a user’s profile.
  • Favorites to indicate support (“likes”) for specified pages. Favorites can be made visible in a user’s profile. Favorites can also be made visible to other users on a site, often with a count, such as “This content has 4,567 Favorites.”
  • Follows to track updates to topics of interest. For example, a user can follow a section or tag page to track updates of any content asset referenced by that page. The content updates are made visible in a user’s profile. Follows can also be made visible to other users on a site, often with a count.

Bookmarks, Favorites, and Follows are configured in the action bar. You can configure these affinities to appear on pages for all content types or on pages of type-specific content. For example, you may want the Follows affinity available on all pages, the Bookmarks affinity available only for articles and galleries, and the Favorites affinity available only for videos. In addition, if there’s a particular content item for which you don’t want the affinity to appear, you can disable it at the asset level.

The Community plugins also give logged-in visitors the ability to comment on content. To configure, you specify the content types on which to apply commenting, such as article, blogs, or videos, and a comment box appears on pages for those content types. If there’s a particular content item for which you don’t want comments, you can disable commenting at the asset level.

Note

By default, a comment appears immediately on a page after the user submits it. To give your site the capability to first review comments before they are published, we recommend that you create a workflow on the Comment type. This allows reviewers to reject unacceptable comments so they do not appear on the site pages.

Brightspot provides tools to monitor member affinities and comments at the global and asset level.