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Overview of homepage features & layout

Meet your personalized intranet homepage

Your ThoughtFarmer intranet homepage includes personalized news and links meant just for you. When you log into the intranet and view the homepage, you'll see your own profile widget, and links, news and activity from the groups that you're a member of. Nobody sees the same homepage that you see and your homepage aims to help you do your job more easily.

Your intranet administrator has customized your intranet for your organization, so your intranet homepage may not display all of the features described below.

"Directory" & "Your groups" tabs (personalized)6.5User7928DirectoryTab.png

Where: Left, top On top of the left-hand column on the page you'll see two tabs:
  • The "Directory" tab shows the entire site in an expandable "tree" navigation view. Click the arrow next to a page title to expand the list of sub-pages; you can drill down into the navigation and click a link to go directly to a page.
  • The "Your groups" tab shows a list of the groups you're a member of and your profile page. Click the arrow next to a page title to expand the list of sub-pages; you can go directly to any page in any of your groups with just a click. (See complete instructions on how to set up Groups.)
 

6.5User7928LeftSubscriptions.pngLeft column content subscriptions/news

Where: Left, middle If your intranet administrator has enabled them, content subscriptions will display in the left-hand column of the page just below the "Directory" and "Groups" tabs. Content subscriptions show news headlines from other sections of the intranet or from external web pages. (See complete instructions on how to use content subscriptions.)




Quotes6.5User7928Quote.png

Where: Left, bottom If your intranet administrator has enabled them, you will see quotes at the bottom of the left-hand column of the homepage. Employees can add their own favorite famous quote and you will see a random selection every time you visit the homepage. To add a new quote or see a list of all quotes click "View more quotes" below the quote on the homepage. On the quotes page type in the new quote and the author and click "Add."

Text box in middle top of page

Where: Center, top If your intranet administrator has enabled it, you will see some sort of text or photos at the top middle of the page, just below the global navigation bar. The intranet administrator can fill this section with links to important announcements or frequently accessed pages. If this is not enabled, you'll just see the homepage news at the top middle of the page.

Personalized homepage news feeds

Where: Center, middle Your homepage news will display in the main center section of the homepage. Included in this area are both news stories targeted at all employees and personalized news stories just for you. The personalized stories are fed by the group pages you are a member of. (See a complete set of instructions and explanations of news, as well as instructions on how to set up group news.) Don't see the homepage news? The homepage news feed may show in the left-hand column of the page if your intranet administrator has set the site directory to show in the middle of the page instead.

Recent activity (personalized)

6.5User7928RecentActivity.png
Where: Center, bottom At the bottom of your intranet homepage see the "Recent activity" section, with three different tabs:
  • Your groups: All recent page edits, file attachments and comments within the groups you are a member of.
  • Status updates: A list of status updates from all employees. (Learn how to use status updates.)
  • All site activity: All recent edits, attachments and comments from all over the intranet.
The "Status updates" and "All site activity" feeds are like the proverbial water cooler or coffee room in an office. Just as you may discover a useful conversation in the coffee room without planning to, so too you can learn about useful changes on the intranet or interesting activities in the company by browsing recent activity. Just call it "serendipitous connection!"

Profile widget (personalized)6.5User7928ProfileWidget.png

Where: Right, top In the upper right-hand section of the homepage you'll see your profile widget, which includes these features:
  • View a thumbnail of your profile photo (if you've uploaded one).
  • Go to your profile by clicking on your name or photo.
  • Edit your profile with one click by clicking the "Edit profile" link.
  • Update your status by clicking on your current status, typing in a new status and hitting "Enter" on your keyboard.
(See complete instructions on how to set up your profile.)

Text box on right side of page

Where: Right, middle. If your intranet administrator has enabled it, you will see some sort of text or photos on the right-hand side of the page, just below the profile widget. The intranet administrator can fill this section with links to important announcements or frequently accessed pages.

Favorites list (personalized)6.5User7928Favorites.png

Where: Right, middle or bottom
If your intranet administrator has enabled it, your favorites will display in the middle of the right-hand column. If they don't appear there, you can access them on your profile page; or at the top of the homepage, or any other page, by clicking "Favorites" in the Application Toolbar. If you haven't added any favorites yet you won't see anything listed on the homepage or in the Application Toolbar. But it's a breeze to add an intranet page to your favorites. (See complete instructions on how to use favorites.)



 

Polls6.5User7928Polls.png

Where: Right, bottom If your intranet administrator has enabled it, you will see a quick poll at the bottom of the right-hand column of the homepage. The intranet administrator can add new polls and your answers will always be anonymous. Once you vote in a poll you'll immediately see the overall results.

If your intranet administrator has allowed it, you can create new polls too! Be careful though, even though multiple polls can exist at once, only the most recently created poll will appear on users' homepages, so you might want to check with your intranet admin before creating a new poll. Previous polls that aren't currently appearing on the home page can still be viewed by clicking "View past polls" and going to the poll page. You can even vote on a previous poll this way! You can also create a link on another page for people to access a previous poll page.

To create a new poll or view past polls, click on "View past polls" at the bottom of the Poll box. On the polls page, Click "Add" on the top right to add a new poll. In the "Enter a title" field, type your poll question. Below the title, type poll responses in the "Type the text of the option here" box, and click "Add". Do that again to add more responses for your poll. Then click "Publish" to start polling!