What is a collection?
A collection is a named group of resources that has additional metadata and associated graphics. Collections are a good way to organize a large amount of related content.
There are two types of collections:
- single collection
- multi-level collection
If you have access to a resource that is part of a collection, you will have access to the entire collection.
This section demonstrates how to create a single collection. Learn how to create a multi-level collection
How to create a collection
Be sure all required fields are filled out before saving. If you leave a required field unpopulated and attempt to save your file, images will not be retained.
- From the main dashboard on the left hand navigation menu under the CMS section, click Collections (Figure 1).
- In the upper right side of the screen, click Add collection (Figure 2).
- In the Title textbox, type a Title for your collection (Figure 3.1).
- In the URL: pbslearningmedia.org/collection textbox, type an alternate slug for your collection when viewed in a browser (Figure 3.2).
If this field is left blank, it will be auto-populated when the collection is saved.See where this displays
- Click the Collection template dropdown menu and click Single collection (Figure 3.3).
- Click Save and continue editing (Figure 3.4).
- In the Featured asset textbox, being typing the title of the asset you want to include (Figure 4.1).
- When the options display, click the title of the asset you want to use (Figure 4.2).
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- In the Metadata section, click Show (Figure 1).
When copying text from an outside source such as Microsoft Word or any other type of document, you must first paste it into a text editor such as Notepad. After pasting it into a text editor, copy and paste the text into the PBS LearningMedia CMS. This removes any existing formatting that may compromise the appearance of your collection.
- In the Meta title textbox, type the title of the collection (Figure 2.1).
- In the Short description textbox, type a short description for your collection (Figure 2.2). The short description appears in the search results page.
- In the Long description textbox, type a long description for your collection (Figure 2.3). The long description appears on the main collection page.
- In the Meta description textbox, type descriptive text for your collection (Figure 2.4). This text does not display on your collection but is used for SEO.
- Type some keywords in the Keywords textbox (Figure 2.5). Keywords are used to help a user search for your collection using the search textbox in the top right side of the page.
- In the Subject section, click the checkbox next to each subject that is relevant to your collection (Figure 2.6).
- In the Grades section, click each checkbox that that best reflects the grades that are the appropriate audience for your collection (Figure 2.7).
Add Related Resources
- Click Show next to the Related Resources section title (Figure 1).
- Click Add another Related Resource (Figure 2).
This step and the next step must be repeated for each resource you want to add to the collection.
- Click the dropdown menu (Figure 3).
- In the search textbox, begin typing the name of the resource you want to add (Figure 4.1).
- When the list of possible matches displays, click the title of the resource you want to add (Figure 4.2).
- Each resource you have selected displays on the collection page (Figure 5.1).
- Click Save and continue editing to commit the resource to your collection (Figure 5.2).
- The resource displays as in-progress (Figure 6.1).
- Click Add another Related Resource for each additional resource you want to add (Figure 6.2). You can add an unlimited number of related resources.
- In the Order column, type a 0 or 1 next to the resource you wish to appear first in the list and type subsequent numbers next to each resource in the order you wish them to appear (Figure 7.1). Poster image, Type, and Delete checkbox do not appear until the page has been saved.
- In the Delete column, click the checkbox next to the resource you want to delete and click Save and continue editing to delete the item (Figure 7.2).
Items appear in ascending order. 0 (or 1) is the first item at the top of the list. If no numbers are assigned the related resources will appear in alphabetical order.
Add Collection Graphics
|Image||Specs||Whre it displays|
|Thumbnail||Search engine results|
|Banner||1170 pixels wide by 150 pixels high||Across the top of main collection page|
- Click Show next to the Collection Graphics section title (Figure 1).
- Click the Choose File next to Poster Image to search your computer for a poster image to add to your collection (Figure 2.1). In the Poster Image Alt textbox, type text that is descriptive of the image. This is the text that people see when they roll their mouse over the image. This is also helpful for screen readers and SEO. The thumbnail image appears as the representative image when your collection is shared on social media sites. Poster image should have a 16:9 ratio with a minimum size of 600 pixels wide by 338 pixels high and a maximum size of 1920 x 1080.
- Click the Choose File next to Banner to search your computer for a banner image to add to your collection (Figure 2.2). In the Banner Alt textbox, type text that is descriptive of the image. This is the text that people see when they roll their mouse over the image. This is also helpful for screen readers and SEO. Banner image should be 1170 pixels wide by 150 pixels high.
- Click the Choose File next to Search Display Image to search your computer for a thumbnail image to add to your collection (Figure 2.3). In the Search Display Image Alt textbox, type text that is descriptive of the image. This is the text that people see when they roll their mouse over the image. This is also helpful for screen readers and SEO. The Feature Image appears across all instances of your collection on the PBS LearningMedia website. Feature image should have a 1:1 ratio with a minimum size of 500 pixels wide by 500 pixels high.
- Click Show next to the Attributions section title (Figure 12).
- Click the Role dropdown menu and click the role you want to add (Figure 13.1).
- Click the Entity dropdown menu and click the organization you want to add (Figure 13.2).
- In the textbox under the Text column, type supporting text for the attribution (Figure 13.3).
- Click Save (Figure 13.4).
You can add an unlimited number of Attributions. If the selected organization has an associated logo in the database, the logo will appear upon selecting an entity
- Click Show next to the Collection Credit section title (Figure 14).
- In the Credits textbox, type any credits you want to add (Figure 15.1).
- Click Save (Figure 15.2).
All credits you added at the content project level appear on your collection so you do not need to add them again here. If you add them again here they will appear twice.
The text editor provides the following functionality:
- Format text - Highlight the text you want to format and click these buttons to format.
- Link text - Highlight the text you want to link and click the link icon. To unlink text, hightlight the link and click the broken link icon.
- Add an image - Click the image icon to add an image to the page.
- Add bullets - Click the unformatted or numbered bullet icon to add bullets to your page.
- Use preformatted text - Highlight the text you want to format and click the dropdown menu to select a preformatted text style.
- Add HTML - Click the HTML icon to add and format text in HTML.
Your collection views
See how many times people have viewed your collection right from the collection page.
- Click into the collection and at the bottom of the Record section, find the Collection view count label (Figure 1). The number reflects how many times that particular collection has been viewed.