This tutorial will walk you through choosing a template, creating a Campaign, and then publishing the Campaign to the Web. It doesn't cover all of ShortStack’s features, but it will help you understand how ShortStack works.
Choose a Template
We’re going to start in the Templates section in ShortStack’s main menu. Templates help you get started faster because the widgets are already added and — to an extent — configured for you. If you don’t like what you see, you can change the template in the in the Campaign Builder.
- Click Templates in ShortStack's main menu.
- Click Browse Tags to reveal the tag cloud.
- Select a tag.
- You’ll see at least one template thumbnail appear. Click on a thumbnail and a preview of the template will appear at the right.
- Once you find a template you like, click the Make Campaign button to load the template in the Campaign Builder.
Customize the Campaign
Once you click Make Campaign, you'll be redirected to the Campaign Builder to make your changes. At the top-left of the Campaign Builder, there is a row of icons that open and close the panels. Panels contain the features you'll use to customize the Campaign. Find the icons for the Add Widgets and Edit Widgets panels. If they're not open already, open them now.
- Add Widgets has icons for all of ShortStack’s widgets. To add a widget, click its icon.
- Edit Widgets shows the widgets already added to the Campaign. Here you can click and drag widgets to rearrange them, edit widget settings, delete widgets, and more.
We won’t customize the entire Campaign in this guide. Instead, we’ll customize an Image Widget so that you can see how this process works:
- Find an Image Widget in the Edit Widget Panel and click on its pencil icon.
- Click Select Image to open the Image Selector.
- Drag an image from your computer, or click the Upload from URL link to upload a file from the web. To use an image already uploaded to ShortStack, click the Browse Your Images tab.
- Once you've got your image, click Select to close the Image Selector.
- Click Save & Exit save your changes.
Now let's change the look of the entire Campaign by selecting a Theme. Find the icon for the Theme Selector next to the other panel icons, and click on it.
- Click on a few of the themes to see how they change the Campaign.
- When you find one you like, click Save to use that theme and close the Theme Selector.
Publish the Campaign
- Find and click on the Publish Campaign button at the top of the page.
- Click Publish to Web.
- If the template you chose has Facebook features, you'll need to associate the Campaign with a Facebook app. To do so, take the steps to Quick Publish or Custom Publish your Campaign.
- The Publication Checklist will pop up to remind you of some popular features you may not have configured or enabled. Take a minute to explore those options and click Next.
Congratulations, your Campaign is published! Copy the Campaign URL and use it in Facebook Status Updates, tweets, blog posts, and anywhere else you have a presence to link users to your Campaign.