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Topics, Areas, Coverage, Categories and Tags

Admins use a variety of methods to make both Resources and Organizations accessible to users. By completing the information in the various Resource and Organization tabs, users will be able to find your content based on:


Topics and Areas/Coverage
The Topics tab allows you to assign the resource or organization to a specific topic (such as family law) and subtopic (such as adoption). You can assign the resource or organization to multiple topics and subtopics, and star rank the resource's relevance for each. If you leave the topic blank your users won't be able to find it under topics.

The Area tab in Resources works much the same way as topics, allowing you to assign the resource in a specific geographic region. If you leave this blank, it is considered a state-wide resource, and can be found under any of the coverage areas. You can also rank the resource by relevancy (using star ranking) for each county you select.

Under Organizations there is a "Coverage" tab that works the same way as the Area tab does in Resources. Again, if you choose not to enter information into this tab, the organization will be considered a state-wide agency.

When you're done, be sure to save the page, before you go on to the next tab.


Categories and Tags
The Categories tab allows you to assign the resource or organization to a channel and category. In order for a resource or organization to display in a channel on your site, you must assign it to at least one channel and category. This functionality also allows you to set a content page or a widget to pull in any resource or organization in that category, and display them as a highlight on your homepage, or on a separate page. You can set multiple channels and categories, and star rank each individually.

Tagging is a different way of organizing your content. For example, you can tag forms on your site with "Self Help Forms" and display all the results in a separate content page or widget on your site. They also allow users to search by whatever tags you set up. Some states have tagged all news articles, with a specific tag, or set up tags for specific types of content (such as guides, booklets or videos), allowing them to highlight these forms of materials. For more information on tagging, check out this resource on tagging your content or this ScreenCast on Tagging, Content Pages and Widgets. When using tags you will want to think through how tags can complement categories, without being duplicative. If you do not set your tags you just won't be able to use those features, however they are important if you decide to launch a mobile site. You can assign multiple tags to a resource and star rank these individually.

When you're done, be sure to save the page, before you go on to the next tab.


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