The Library gives users the flexibility to add externally referenced media files, inline HTML webpages, or externally referenced HTML pages in an advanced channel (sign). External content is not stored (preserved) in Appspace but rather just the URL to the content is stored and downloaded by the media players.
The two ways to create web content are as a direct inline HTML or as a URL to an external HTML page. It should be noted that for inline HTML, it is highly recommended that CSS definitions and scripting be included in the content and not externally referenced.
It is important when designing the web content to take into account the capabilities of the target media player device. An example of good practice is to avoid using web content that has Flash elements embedded or dependencies on proprietary web plugins. The preferred and recommended method is to use simple HTML markup for web content in your sign.
Some media player devices are able to display and playback multicast video streams. These multicast video streams are defined as external content media files within Appspace. It should be noted that the preview option is not currently available for these streams and that Appspace only stores the URL of the multicast stream.
This article provides instructions to create web content for legacy devices in Library.
- Account Owner, Publisher, Editor, or Content Producer (Author) role to add or edit content in Library.
Create Web Content
The instructions below show you how to create web content for legacy devices in Library.
- Log in to the Appspace console.
- To create content, select one of the following options:
- Click +QUICK ACTION from the Appspace menu bar on the top right, and select Create Content.
- Click Library from the ☰ Appspace menu, and select a library or folder you wish to create the content in. Click +CREATE, and select Content.
- To add content to an existing channel refer to Add Content to Playlist Channels.
- Select Legacy from the All Templates drop-down menu, and click Web (Legacy).
- In the Edit tab;
- Enter the Title of the content as this will also act as the filename for the content. This is a mandatory field.
- Select the Website option if you would like to display a website.
- Enter the Website URL you wish to display.
- If authentication is required, check the Require authentication checkbox, and enter the required credentials.
- Select the HTML Snippet option if you would like to embed an HTML code.
- Enter the HTML code in the text box.
- In the Article tab; This section may be skipped.
- Include an Article or Caption to accompany the content item when being displayed on mobile apps, tablets, and other social collaboration apps.
- Enter a Referral Link to link more information to the content.
- In the Schedule tab; This section may be skipped.
- You may add the content to a channel by selecting the channel from the Add to channel drop-down menu, or leave it unassigned to be added later.
- When the content is assigned to a channel, the SCHEDULING and DISPLAY PROPERTIES options are displayed. Refer to the Configure Content Playback Properties: Dayparting, Frequency, Scheduling, in a Playlist Channel article for detailed configuration instructions.
- In the Settings tab; This section may be skipped.
- The Name field will be auto-populated to match the Title of the content which will also act as the filename for the content. This is a mandatory field.
- Enter any relevant Tags for the content. (Optional)
- Select a folder for the content in the Library Location drop-down menu to change the default folder location.
- Select an expiry date for the content from the Auto Delete Content from Library drop-down menu. (Optional)
- Upload an image to be used as the Thumbnail for the content.
- Once done, click SAVE.
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