Boxes (also known as Pluslets) are content chunks that you can drag or drop onto your page. Some of them are editable; some of them are fixed. Your friendly neighbourhood developer can create custom boxes for you, we have instructions here: Creating Custom Pluslets. If you don't have a friendly neighbourhood developer, you can make suggestions for new content types to the Google Group or add them as enhancements to Github on the issues page.
Your SP admin can turn on or off any boxes via Admin > Config Site, so you can decide which you'd like to use.
The examples below are all shown in the default, rather grey theme that ships with SP4. Someday we'll ship with a beautiful theme--once someone feeds us one!
- 1 Editable Boxes
- 2 Lightly Editable Boxes
- 3 Uneditable Boxes
- 4 Layout Boxes
This is the box you will probably use the most. It allows you to enter a mix of text and links and images, much like in Microsoft Word. This is what we used in Steps 2.2 and 2.3 of Using the Guides Tab
|Editable Box--Back End||Editable Box--Front End|
This is a minimal box--just a title field. Your webmaster can style this heading however they like. You can also achieve the same sort of thing with an Editable Box by selecting "hide body text" in the box flyout.
|Heading Box--Back End||Heading Box--Front End|
This allows you to create a fancy card where an image is front and center. Of course, you can use an image in any box, but this is one formatted differently, with a focus on an image and brief associated text.
|Image Card Box--Back End||Image Card--Front End|
You can use this box to pull in an RSS feed, for instance, the latest news from Scientific American.
|RSS Box--Back End||RSS Box--Front End|
This allows you to create a box with links to social media accounts. This information may also be added to your Subject Specialist box, but you might want to have accounts that are separate from the person.
|Social Media Box--Back End||Social Media--Front End|
You can create tidy, responsive (i.e., grow/shrink to fill available space) video boxes with this.
|Video Box--Back End||Video Box--Front End|
Lightly Editable Boxes
This box will create contact information for people listed as owners of the guide (staff from the Metadata screen). You may tick on/off various pieces of information, and there is a free text area underneath.
|Subject Specialist--Back End||Subject Specialist--Front End|
Table of Contents (TOC)
You can use this to create a table of contents box. Note that you should probably wait to do this until your guide is complete, since it will only be aware of content on the page at the time you create it. You can customize what you see. Note that when you click on a link, it will go to the selected box (even if it's on a different tab) and make it pulse to draw the eye...
|TOC--Back End||TOC--Front End|
These boxes are just dragged/dropped into your guide. Your SubjectsPlus admin will need to customize some of them to work for your library. These are just guides that we set up at UM for our own local desires. You might very well not want them.
All Items by Source
Once upon a time, the core functionality of SubjectsPlus (and its predecessor, Pirate Source) was to create a List of all the Records for a given subject, sorted by the material type (or source). I'm not sure how much this is used anymore, but IF your guide has associated records, then this pluslet/box should appear in the Boxes sidebar, and you can drop this list into your guide. Your SP admin manages the list of source types at Admin > Sources. You can organize the order etc. of these resources by clicking "Organize Resources."
|All Items by Source Box--Back End||All Items by Source Box--Front End|
|WorldCat Search Box--Front End|
Your catalog search box.
|Catalog Search Box--Front End|
This is what we call our discovery layer, which is currently Summon (but soon to be Primo). We will probably be adding a Primo box in the upcoming months. You will probably need to get your SP admin to tweak this box for local purposes.
|Articles+ Search Box--Front End|
|Google Search Box--Front End|
|Google Scholar Box--Front End|
For inserting google books search box. Note that this one didn't have a title field filled in for the box.
|Google Books Box--Front End|
There are some box types that can be used to create a custom splash page. See also Using a Guide as a Splash Page
A simple search box that will lead to your search results
|Guide Search Box--Front End|
This will show your five most recently added databases. Note that they need to have the Databases A-Z flag set in Records to qualify.
|New DBs--Front End|
This will show your five most recently created guides.
|New Guides Box--Front End|
This pluslet/box type could be used to create the main listing of guides. Obviously, a) you would want to put it in a wider column, and b) you'd want to give it some CSS love.
|List Guides Box--Front End|
It doesn't look like much, but this will create a box of all your collections of Guides.
|Guide Collections Box--Front End|
This pluslet will randomly grab four subject specialists and for each randomly grab one subject area.
|Experts Box--Front End|