Use case: Homepage with focus on news

A news-centric homepage is a best practice for companies who want to offer their users easy access to highly personalized content via the timeline but need a more dedicated space for editorially controlled news than an interactive homepage offers.

With the Hero Teaser and an additional row dedicated to official news, the homepage offers plenty of options to provide users with company, location, or department news.

Aim of the homepage

Before creating the homepage, consider its objectives and or use cases:
  • Providing users with official news and information
  • Providing high-level personalization and relevance via the timeline
  • Providing direct access to the most relevant (third-party) tools and locations

Set up in Haiilo

We suggest using the following elements and widgets when designing the homepage:

Example

This is what a news homepage could look like. All widgets used and their purpose are explained below.

News Homepage 1.png

The following widgets were used in the example above.

  • Hero teaser: A Hero Teaser Widget is controlled centrally and displays the most essential news globally.
  • Launchpad links widget: The Launchpad links widget shows all the links on your Launchpad. You can easily access them through your homepage.

  • Timeline widget: The Timeline¬†widget acts as your newsfeed on the homepage.

  • Latest blog articles widget: Stay up-to-date through the latest blog articles widget about the latest published blog articles.
  • Upcoming events widget: The Upcoming events widget is great for informing and reminding your users about upcoming events.
  • Link button: The link button is used here to navigate to the subscribed pages and communities.

Further tips & tricks

  • Discover tips for creating a compelling homepage in the Designing Homepages article.
  • Take a look at the widgets overview to explore other options for adapting the homepage to your needs. Example: Instead of using link buttons to navigate to subscribed pages and communities, you could use the subscriptions widget instead.
  • Featured posts widget: The Featured posts widget highlights Studio posts for which you've selected "Show in 'Featured Posts'" and updates dynamically. Only available if you use the Multichannel Comms module.

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