Knowledge Base Display Widget

Knowledge Base Display Widget

With the Knowledge Base Display widget, you can display published Knowledge Base articles on a Widget or Content Page. By default, this widget displays articles from the Knowledge Base’s Home folder. However, you can customize which articles are included and how they’re displayed.

You can find the widget under Content Management in the widget menu.

The Knowledge Base Display widget is listed under Content Management in the widget menu.

Configuring the Widget

Follow these steps to determine which article or folder is displayed by the widget:

  1. Navigate to a Page where the Knowledge Base Display widget it deployed.

  2. Click the Options button (Options Button) for the widget and select Configuration.

    Click on the widget's Options button and select Configuration.

  3. In the Setup tab of the configuration window, go to the General tab and click Select.

    In the Setup tab of the configuration window, click Select.

  4. In the Select Entry window, click Select for the article or folder of articles that you want to display.

    Alternatively, click on the desired folder and then click Choose This Folder to select its content for display.

    Click Select for the desired article or folder, or click Choose this Folder to select the current folder.

  5. Click Save and close the configuration window.

The Knowledge Base Display widget also has additional configuration options:

  • Display Settings
  • Communication Settings
  • Sharing Settings
  • Scope Settings

Exploring the Widget’s Features

The Knowledge Base Display’s navigation menu and display options make it a great candidate for a full page widget. If you display a folder of articles, the navigation on the left side of the widget displays links to all the folder’s articles.

The navigation menu on the left shows you article links.

The viewing area on the right side of the widget displays the folder’s leading article (the priority one article). Click an article in the navigation to display it in the viewing area. The currently displayed article’s link appears in bold in the navigation. You can also move between articles by clicking the links at the bottom of the article before the suggestions section.

The navigation on the left and the article on the right are displayed.

Knowledge Base Display can also show article hierarchies. Viewing an article that has child articles expands the navigation tree to show links to the child articles. Expanded nodes collapse when you view a different top level article.

The links at the top of the widget expose these actions on an article:

  • Subscribe to an RSS feed of the Knowledge Base
  • Subscribe to the current article
  • View the current article’s history
  • Print the current article

Administrators have access to an additional set of links at the top of the widget:

  • Edit the article
  • Add a child article
  • Move the article
  • Delete the article

Below the article’s content is the rating interface, showing thumbs up/down icons. Users can also submit suggestions or comments below the article in the text box labeled Do you have any suggestions?. Administrators can view the suggestions and mark progress on them.

If the administrator enables the Knowledge Base app’s source URL feature (more on this in a moment) and an article has an assigned source URL, an Edit on GitHub button (GitHub icon) appears to the right of the article’s title. This button links to the article’s source in GitHub. You can use this feature to encourage people to contribute fixes or improvements to articles. If you’re interested in this feature, you can direct your administrator to follow the instructions in Knowledge Base System Settings.

Displaying Different Article Sets

You can use folders to aggregate similar articles and provide an easy way for users to switch between these sets of articles. The Knowledge Base Display’s content folder feature adds a selector to the top of the navigation for switching between article sets.

Follow these steps to set up content folders:

  1. Add a folder in the Knowledge Base app in Site Administration. Then create sub-folders in this folder. These sub-folders are the content folders.

  2. Add articles to each content folder.

  3. Select Configuration from Knowledge Base Display’s Options menu (Options icon). In the SetupGeneral tab, select the content folders’ parent folder and click Save.

The content selector’s values reflect the names of your content folders. Select one to view its articles.

Users can select between different sets of articles.

You can also add a common prefix to the names shown in the selector:

  1. Select Configuration from Knowledge Base Display’s Options menu (Options icon). In the Configuration dialog, select the SetupDisplay Settings tab.

  2. Enter the prefix into the Content Root Prefix field and click Save.

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