Publishing a campaign is the process of taking the campaign you've built in ShortStack and putting it on the web where people can view it. There are multiple different types of publications, including publishing to a landing page we host for you, embedding your campaign on your own website (or as a pop-up on your own website), and publishing your campaign as a custom tab on your Facebook Page. No matter the type, you can have as many different publications of your campaign as you need.
For the purpose of this help doc, we'll be walking you through publishing your campaign as a landing page we host for you. For more information on the other publication types, check out these help docs:
How to Publish
We've tried to make publishing as easy a process as possible on ShortStack. To start, click on the blue Publish Campaign button in the top-right corner of your Campaign Builder.
A pop-up will appear with three options: Embedded on Website, Landing Page, and Facebook Page. Click Landing Page to proceed.
Branding Your Campaign
What good is a campaign if you can't brand it to match the rest of your company's messaging? You'll now be given access to three different sections that have branding options. As you go through and make changes in each section, you'll notice a checkmark appear in each button.
If you're using Facebook Login for either your Form Widget (as a field) or Voting Widget (as a voting restriction), your campaign's visitors will run into a Facebook Login prompt at some point. This section allows you to choose which app to use for that prompt. You can select to use ours, or a custom app that you've built yourself.
Note: Like most of our Facebook integrations, these are gated to specific plans. Using our Facebook app is regarded as Quick Publishing and is available on the Business Plan or higher. Using your own app is regarded as Custom Publishing, and is available on the Agency Plan or higher.
If you plan on using a custom domain for your campaign, you'd add the domain in this section. You'd type your full domain into the field provided, then click the Add Domain button.
When you add the domain, our system will automatically run a verification process to make sure the domain is legitimate and set up correctly. Once the domain is verified, you'll see Verified in green next to a padlock icon. If the system has an issue verifying the domain, you'll see an error like this:
For more information on how to properly set up your website for using a custom domain, check out the Custom Domains, Subdomains, and Subfolders for Campaigns help doc.
Once you've select your domain and the domain has been verified, click the blue Next button and you'll be asked to type in a subdomain. Type your custom subdomain into the field and click the blue Done button to lock it in.
Title & Images
When people share the link to your contest, you want to make sure that what displays isn't just a plain text link; you want to make sure it has a title, and a visual representation of your brand. You can set these options in the Title & Images section.
Type a Page Title into the field provided to set what shows on the browser tab when people navigate to your campaign. Select a Favicon (the icon that appears in the browser tab) by clicking on the existing one, then selecting a new one. And set a Default Share Image by clicking the blue Choose Image button, then choosing a share image from your media library, or uploading a new one.
When you've finished making your changes, click the blue Done button.
Note: After you're done with the publishing process, these changes aren't set in stone! You can make changes to these settings anytime by clicking the Campaign Settings icon () at the top of the Campaign Builder.
Once you've finished making all of your branding changes, click the blue Publish button in the bottom of the pop-up.
Your Campaign URL and Managing Your Publications
Once you've hit publish, you'll soon see a congratulations message letting you know that your campaign has been published. You'll also see the URL to your campaign and a QR code that lets you quickly access your campaign using your mobile device.
To copy your URL, just click the Copy button to the right of the URL. Paste the URL on whatever channels you typically use to promote your campaign.
When you're done, click the blue Close button.
From here, you may want to manage an existing publication, or make another publication of the same campaign. To do this, first click on your new Publication Panel icon in the top-right of your Campaign Builder. It looks like a little bookmark icon with the number of publications listed to the right of it.
Now you'll see the Manage Publications panel.
For each publication, you'll see the following information and options:
- The favicon for the campaign
- The title of the campaign
- The URL for the campaign
- The last time the campaign was installed or updated
- The QR code for the campaign
- A Settings button for the campaign
- The Unpublish button for the campaign
Clicking the Settings button will bring up a pop-up that allows you change the title and the subdomain of the selected campaign.
To make changes, just type the new Title or Subdomain into the appropriate field, then click the blue Save button.
Clicking on the Unpublish button will immediately remove that publication from being live on the web. This does not delete your campaign, it merely removes that specific publication.
To add a new publication, just click the Add Publication button at the bottom of the Manage Publications Panel to start the process again.