Setting up the iPhone app

The Finalsite iOS app includes a number of options for customizing the information presented to end users. Admins can decide which parts of the app are shown or hidden, as well as determining what information is shown in each section.

To customize the app, login to the website as an administrator, and go to Settings > Site Administration > Site Modules > Mobile app. (This must be done from a regular computer, not a mobile device!)

App Sections

The modular design of the iOS app allows admins to turn the various app components on or off. For each section, this is done by selecting the “Enable [Section]” checkbox. Enabling a section will create an entry for that section in the app menu. Some sections require no further customization beyond activation – turn them on, and they'll just work. Others need additional input – when activating the calendar section, for instance, an admin must choose which site calendars will be displayed via the app.

Some app sections appear only on the app menu (accessible by tapping the “Menu” link at the upper-left of the home screen).

Others can be set to appear not only on the menu, but also on the app home screen itself. This behavior is controlled with the “Display on home screen” checkbox in each individual section.

Each active section appears on the app main menu, and some sections can optionally appear on the app home page as well. Admins can set the order in which sections appear. For each section, use the “Menu position” control to adjust the order of the sections in the main menu by entering a number; whichever section has number 1 will appear at the top of the list, and the rest will display in numerical order. The same applies to the “Home Position” control and the order of sections on the home screen.

Announcements

The Announcements section draws data from News Manager. Any Announcements posted to News Manager will also appear in this section of the app. (Announcements are News posts which are not public, but rather are restricted to only be visible to members of specified roles. iOS app users must sign into their accounts on the app in order to see Announcements.)

Athletics

Admins can choose to display Athletics content on the app menu, the app home screen, or both. Use the “Display on home screen” checkbox to set whether or not Athletics content will appear on the app home screen in addition to the menu. When Athletics information appears on the app home screen, the next 3 upcoming events will be displayed.

The “Menu name” field allows admins to control the menu label for this section. The default is “Athletics,” but that can be changed by typing the new name into the field.

Calendar

Use the “Enable Calendar” checkbox to activate the Calendar section of the app. Selecting “Display on home screen” will show calendar items directly on the apps default view, in addition to the “Calendar” label in the menu.

The Calendar section allows admins to select which of the site's calendars will be visible in the iOS app. In order for a calendar to be visible, its “LMS/App Availability Settings” must be set appropriately from within Calendar Manager. For each individual calendar, open it in Calendar Manager and scroll down to the LMS/App Availability Settings. Select whether the calendar should be:

  • invisible to members of all roles (“None”)
  • visible to members of any role, or no roles at all (“Public”), or
  • visible to only those members of certain roles (“Specific Roles”)

After a calendar's Availability settings have been defined, it will be considered “Available” by the iOS app. Admins can then use the expanding-tree menu in the Calendars Settings section to define which calendars will actually appear within the app.

The next 3 events from any calendars selected to appear will show up on the app home screen. Users can view events from other calendars by tapping “Menu,” and then selecting the Calendars section.

Contact

The Contact section provides users with preferred ways to contact the school. Admins can create as many “contact” entries as they wish. Whatever information that's entered into each contact is what will be displayed in the app, whether it's as much as a complete name/address/phone combination, or as little as a single web URL. Enter the contact information for each staff member, department or other school entity that should appear in the app. Enter a number into the “Order” controls for each one to determine which is shown first, second, third, and so on.

Directory

As with the main site, the app includes a directory which can be customized to only display members of particular roles. Additionally, admins can configure the app to display some directory entries only to members of a specific role – for example, members of the Faculty/Staff role may be visible to Parents and to other Faculty, but not to Students.

Under “Display Options,” use the checkboxes to determine whether constituents' photos should be shown alongside their directory entries. If this option is chosen, whatever image has been identified as the “Small photo” in each user's Constituent Manager profile will become their directory photo. Users who do not have a “Small photo” defined will instead show a generic placeholder image. For members of the Alumni role only, the Directory can show their nickname and/or middle name.

For each of the other roles, use the checkboxes to determine whether members will be:

  • visible to any user regardless of whether or not they are logged in (“Everyone”)
  • visible only to those users who have logged in (“Anyone who is logged in”), or
  • only visible to members of a certain role or roles (“Only specific roles”)

Giving

The only parameter to set in the Giving section is the URL of the school's donation page, if applicable. Users who select “Giving” from the app menu will be directed to that page using the Safari browser on their mobile device.

LMS

Enabling the LMS section will allow students and parents to access their group spaces via the iOS app menu. Users must be logged into the app in order to see this menu item, and tapping on it will open the LMS in the Safari browser on their device.

Media

The Media section of the app can be set to display content from any Channels in Multimedia Manager. Use the checkboxes to select which channel or channels should be accessible via the app.

The “Home Screen Slideshow” control allows admins to choose one slideshow from anywhere in Media Manager – the photos from this slideshow will appear on the app home screen, between the app header and any other content.

News

News content can be set to display on the app home screen, in addition to the app menu.

Admins can select which News Manager Category's content will appear in the app by selecting the appropriate checkboxes.

 

Custom Pages

The “Custom Pages” controls allow admins to link to any page, whether on the school's main website, or any other website, from within the iOS app menu. Up to three custom pages can be defined; these pages will all be displayed together in the menu under the heading “Pages.”

The “Name” field is what will be displayed in each menu item; the “Custom Page URL” is the address of the page that each menu item links to.

Social Media

The iOS app can include native links to a school's various social media outlets. All of the Social Media links in this section will be grouped together in the app menu under the heading “Social.” Enter a name for each social media platform in the “Name” field, and use the “Position” controls to set the order of the various links. The “URL” field contains the address of each social account.

The available social media links are:

  • Facebook (Note: when completing the Facebook URL, do not include 'www.' at the beginning.)

  • Twitter

  • LinkedIn

  • Pinterest

  • YouTube

  • Vimeo

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