What is the Exhibit Builder?
An exhibit page is essentially a web page featuring your items. Below is an example of a finished exhibit page that uses an image gallery and image with text to showcase items in a collection. The thumbnails are given captions. The largest image has narrative text explaining the significance of the items on the page. Clicking on each thumbnail will take you to the item's page where its descriptive metadata and associated files can be viewed.
Your Exhibit's Look and Feel
Before You Begin...
You will want to think carefully about the structure of your exhibit and the items you will want to showcase. It is useful to create an outline such as the one shown above to help you plan how your exhibit will be arranged. It is possible to rearrange the content of your exhibit after the fact, but much easier if you already have a clear idea of how you want it to be organized.
The "slug" is the last part of the URL, "myexhibitname"
Exhibit Credits: These will appear with description on the public site.
Exhibit Description: An introduction to the entire exhibit that appears on the public site. Enter narrative text here. You can use HTML here to add extra images, or even embed video.
Exhibit Tags: Tags help associate exhibits with other items in your archive.
Exhibit is featured: Will this exhibit be featured on the browse exhibit page? Usually you would check this option.
Exhibit is public/not public: If you are designing the exhibit in stages, you probably do not want to make your exhibit public. NB: Remember, if your exhibit is not public and you are logged in, you will see the exhibit appear on your site as if it is public. Log out, and then look at your site.
Exhibit Theme: By default, “Current Public Theme” is selected. You can select other themes to change the look of your exhibit without affecting the rest of the site.
Your page is now ready for some items. Check out Part III of this guide to see how to add items to content blocks within your pages.
Adding Items to Pages
Now that you have some pages with at least one content block layout selected, you can choose which items will go on which page, and how you want those items to be displayed.
1. If you have selected any block other than Text, choose an item by clicking the large plus sign button appearing in the Items area. An items browse dialog box pops up showing all of your items. You can search in the items or browse. To select an item, click on its bar. The right end of the bar will highlight a dark brown "Select Item" button. Click Select Item to find options for creating a caption for the item. If you have more than one file uploaded for an item, you will be able to select which you want to use by clicking on it. When you have finished, click the green "Apply" button in the bottom right-hand corner to add the item.
2. Once you have added an item, you can change the caption or selected file by clicking the edit button which sits across the bottom of the item icon. To delete items, click the x in the upper right hand corner of the item icon; this will gray out the icon, indicating that it will be deleted the next time you save changes. If you decide not to delete the item, you can click the arrow which replaced the x, but you must do so before you save your changes. You can reuse items multiple times within an exhibit, and you can use different pages from the same item in different places.
3. If necessary, you can change the layout options for the content block for more control over how your items are displayed. Both the File with Text and Gallery blocks include layout options to change the look of the exhibit page. To access these options, click the black triangle button to the right of the Layout Options text at the bottom of the block. This will reveal dropdown menus with options for changing the layout. This will give you options like image size, how captions should be aligned, and how text should float (to the right or left of images).
4. Keep adding items to your content blocks! When your exhibit is finished, clicking on an item image or thumbnail will take the viewer to that item's page where they can read about the item in more detail. Use your exhibit to explain how items within a collection are related to one another.
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