The Ding (Sidebar) section will allow you to add notification messages for your members. There is a notification button that gets displayed on top of the page and when your member clicks it, a sidebar filled with your notifications appears.
How to use this section:
Add the Ding (Sidebar) section onto a page (usually the student dashboard, but it can be used on any page)
Change the colors and style options you would like to use
Add Announcement posts to either be posted right away or to be scheduled to be shown on a certain date.
Configure the Announcement post to be show to certain users based on enrollment status
The button controls how the button appears on the page and what text and icon is used for the button. Open up the Button settings group to change the following settings:
Heading - this will change the text that appears on the button
Background / Text Colors: this controls the color used by the button
Position - you can choose if you want the button to appear on the left or right side of the screen
Icon - select the icon that you would like to use. There are predefined icons as well as "Custom". When using "Custom" you can use any of the icons found on Font Awesome.
Custom Icon - when "Custom" is used as the icon type, you must paste in a Font Awesome icon snippet. Browse Font Awesome and search for an icon, then click the icon code to copy the text (it should look like the example shown).
Animation - this controls how the button will appear when the page is loaded.
The button will not appear until a post is shown.
The Post List section group controls how the sidebar appears as well as the heading that is shown in the sidebar
Position - you can have the sidebar appear on the left or right of the screen when it is opened
Heading - This will change the text of the heading that is shown when the sidebar opens
Background / text Colors - This will control the colors of the heading when the sidebar opens
You can specify up to 4 different post types. You can change the label and color used for the post type. This will allow your members to quickly see certain types of posts. Changing the settings in this settings group will effect all posts that you have added.
To add announcements, you must add an announcement post in the Blocks portion of the section. Each announcement post has it's own set of settings to control what is shown, how/when it appears and who see's it
Announcement Post Settings
Image or Video - Use this setting to decide if you want the image, video or no media displayed.
Image - upload an image to be used for the announcement. Remove the default sample image if you want a text only announcement post
Video - select a video option to display a video in your announcement post. Selecting a video will over ride the image option
Heading - this is the title that is shown for the announcement
Description - this is the main text that appears in the post announcement - be sure to stick to basic formatting options like bold, color, lists, links. Using other options in the WYSIWYG editor may result in undesired results
Publish - this is the date that you would like the post to appear. It also optionally shows in the post listing. The publish date controls the order in which the posts appear in the list with most recent always on top.
Hide on Date and Hide Date - if selected, this will be the date that the post is automatically removed
Link text and Page - When you specify "link text" there will be a link associated with the item
Type Color - select one of the items in the list to associate it with the color and label that was set in the Post types settings. Note: this list shown does not change to match the labels you have chosen. But the label shown will be what you specify.
Custom - when you choose a Type Color of Custom, you can specify any label and color you wish
All - this post will be shown to all users
Enrolled In / Not Enrolled In / Completed / Not Completed - When selected you must select a corresponding course or bundle in the Target Products setting
Target Product choose a course or bundle. ex: Enrolled In / Course One will result in showing this post only to users who are enrolled in Course One
The posts will show in order of the publish date with most recent always on top