There are four types of homepage spotlights:
- Alternate spotlight (static)
- Small alternate spotlight (static)
- Event spotlight (dynamic)
- Event spotlight with date flags (dynamic)
The two most popular spotlights are the small alternate spotlight which is a static spotlight, and the dynamic event spotlight. The dynamic event spotlight pulls the content (image and text) from the calendar automatically without any further editing on your part.
The static spotlight slider is used by about 40-50% of our network sites these days, including Boston (https://calendar.artsboston.org/). The “pro” is that the image is large and has a nice impact when promoting events. You can also promote other ‘non-event’ content if you like. The “con” is that it does NOT pull from the calendar automatically and requires you to use larger-sized images (2048×850) and upload them to the ‘homepage slider’ management area.
Some Network members like having the flexibility of choosing what content goes into the homepage slides and the larger images to feature certain events. Meanwhile, others find the static slider more time consuming to manage since they have to track down the larger images and come up with their own text.
The type of spotlight you select for your homepage is controlled in Theme Options. If you decide to change your spotlight to a different layout, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to make the adjustment.
Small Alternate Spotlight
This spotlight spans the width of the body of the site. It requires an image size of 2048 x 850 pixels.
The Alternate spotlight spans the width of your screen. It requires an image size of 2048 x 850 pixels.
This event spotlight is similar to the spotlight your are used to on your old Apollo site. It includes the event’s primary image, a date bubble, event title, presenting org and venue, as well as the first 250 characters of the event description.
Event Spotlight with Date Flags
This event spotlight is a streamlined variation of the event spotlight above. It includes the event’s primary image, a date flag, event title, presenting org and venue, as well as the first 250 characters of the event description.
Questions or suggestions? Contact: email@example.com