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Building Your Manager Panel Dashboard

This article applies to all Connect site administrators.

Your manager panel dashboard is fully customizable and can include the following types of information:

  • Volunteer information (top volunteers, volunteer hours, volunteer need responses)
  • Progress toward your volunteer-impact goals
  • Videos
  • Images
  • Spotlights

This article provides step-by-step instructions for building your manager panel dashboard. Specifically, it covers the following topics:

The process for building your manager panel dashboard is similar to the one for building Volunteer Impact Pages (VIPs). Click here to view our series of videos on VIPs.

Accessing the Manager Panel Dashboard

The dashboard is the default view when you access your manager panel. To access it:

  • If you are already logged into Get Connected, click the Manager button in the utility bar.
  • If you are not already logged in, go to [yourdomain]/manager/login, enter your email address and password, and click Login.

Get Connected takes you to your manager panel dashboard.

Editing the Manager Panel Dashboard

To open the editing area, click Edit located next to the Dashboard heading.

Tools for Building Your Dashboard

When you click to edit your dashboard, youfind a content box. The content box is a tool for adding content to your dashboard. To add content:

  1. Click one of the Add Row buttons to add a new row to the dashboard. The tools for creating a new row will be displayed.
  2. Click Add Content to Row, located on the right-hand side of the page.
  3. Select a Content Type.
  4. Select a Content Type from the dropdown. Click here to learn more about the different types of content you can add.
  5. Complete all applicable fields.

    Note: Fields differ depending on content type. The "Content Types" section below goes into detail on what is needed for the different content types.

  6. Click Submit Page to save your changes.

To add additional content:

  • Click Add Content to Row if you want the content to be added to the same row. Content that would typically stretch across the page will now take up only half the page.
  • To have the new content appear above or below the previous content, click the Add Row to Top or Add Row to Bottom link as applicable.

Previewing Your Manager Panel Dashboard

To preview your manager panel dashboard, click the Preview Dashboard button, located to the left of the Submit Page button.

Content Types

 You can add up to twelve different content types:

Click one of the content types above for more information.

Content Type: Header

Begin building your manager panel dashboard by creating an eye-catching header. You have the option of selecting the featured image, deciding on a color, providing a title and text, specifying a link, and even setting that link up to open in a new tab if you wish. Header fields are described below.

Header Logo Upload the logo as an image file to your file manager. To upload, click the logo icon.

Note: Ideal size is 300 x 225 pixels.
Header Alt Text Type the text that should be displayed when a user hovers their cursor over the header logo.
Color Select the color of the header banner. You can do this by choosing a color or by entering a hex code. 
Title Type the header title.
Subtitle Type the header subtitle. 
Icon If you are including a link as part of the header, select an icon to accompany the link. 
Link Type the link. You can include the http:// indicator, but this is not necessary. 
Link Text Type the text that people will click to access the link. (Examples of typical link text: "Click here," Learn more," "Go!", etc. 
Font Color Select the font color of the link text. 
Open Link in New Tab Indicate whether you want the link to open in a new tab when clicked.

Content Type: Section Heading

A section heading typically stretches across the length of the screen. Below is an example of a section heading.

You can indicate the banner color, font color, text, and icon to be used in a section heading. You can also add the "Powered By" icon to show where the data provided is being pulled from. Section heading fields are listed below.

Icon Select the icon to be displayed in the section heading.
Title Type the title of the section heading.
Font Color Select the color (black or white) of the title and icon.
Color Select the color of the section heading banner.
Show Powered By Show the "Powered By" icon. Select this option if the data below the heading is being pulled from the organization indicated in your Site Settings.

Content Type: Annual Impact Chart

The annual impact chart shows progress toward goals for volunteer matches and volunteer impact for a specified date range. Here is an example:

Indicate goals in date range in Site Settings under the Community Impact tab. Click here to learn more.

Content Types: Donut Graphs

Donut graphs are a great tool for showing percentages of a whole. You can use this tool to show the following statistics by agency, impact area, department, or primary interest:

  • agency views
  • volunteer hours
  • value of volunteer hours
  • needs
  • need views
  • responses

Here is an example of a donut graph used in a manager panel dashboard:

This graph shows the top five agencies that are receiving volunteer responses. Hover your cursor over a section of the graph, and you'll see the actual percentage:

To add a donut graph:

  1. After clicking Add Content, select Donut Graph from the Content Type dropdown.
  2. Complete the fields provided. Fields are listed below.
    Title Enter the title of the graph. While you can use the name of the data set (see below), try to come up with a title that will make the most sense to the people who will be viewing this page.
    Color Palette Select Cool, Earth, or Hot. The example above displays the "cool" colors. For examples of the other color palette, click here.
    Data Set Select the data set to display.
    Range Select the default date range to display. Note that viewers can change the data range as desired when viewing the graph.
  3. Click Submit Page.

Color Palettes

Some elements of your dashboard offer a Color Palette option. You can select from Cool, Earth, or Hot. Here are examples of graphs using each of those colors:

Option Examples  
Cool  
Hot  
Earth  

Content Type: Horizontal Bar Chart

Horizontal bar charts are great for showing how things compare to one another--such as how your company's departments compare for donations, the hours of volunteer work done for different interests, etc. You can use horizontal bar charts on your manager panel dashboard to show the following types of information:

  • Agency Fans
  • Agency Views
  • Donations by Department
  • Hours by Community Impact Area, Department, or Primary Interest
  • Need Views by Community Impact Area or Primary Interest
  • Responses by Community Impact Area, Department, or Primary Interest
  • Total Value of Hours by Community Impact Area, Department, or Primary Interest
  • User Registrations by Department

Here is an example of a horizontal bar chart used in a manager panel dashboard:

To add a horizontal bar chart:

  1. After clicking Add Content, select Horizontal Bar Chart from the Content Type dropdown.
  2. Complete the fields provided. Fields are listed below.
    Title Enter the title of the graph. While you can use the name of the data set (see below), try to come up with a title that will make the most sense to the people who will be viewing this page.
    Color Palette Select Cool, Earth, or Hot. The example above displays the "cool" colors. For examples of the other color palette, click here.
    Data Set Select the data set to display.
    Range Select the default date range to display. Note that viewers can change the data range as desired when viewing the graph.
  3. Click Submit Page.

Content Type: Vertical Bar Chart

Vertical bar charts are another good tool for showing comparisons. You can use vertical bar charts on your manager panel dashboard to show the following types of information:

  • Agency Fans
  • Agency Views
  • Donations Made
  • Need Views
  • Need Responses
  • Total Value of Volunteer Hours
  • User Registrations
  • Volunteer Hours

Here is an example of a vertical bar chart used in a manager panel dashboard:

To add a horizontal bar chart:

  1. After clicking Add Content, select Horizontal Bar Chart from the Content Type dropdown.
  2. Complete the fields provided. Fields are listed below.
    Title Enter the title of the graph. While you can use the name of the data set (see below), try to come up with a title that will make the most sense to the people who will be viewing this page.
    Color Palette Select Cool, Earth, or Hot. The example above displays the "cool" colors. For examples of the other color palette, click here.
    Data Set Select the data set to display.
    Range Select the default date range to display. Note that viewers can change the data range as desired when viewing the graph.
  3. Click Submit Page

Content Type: Spotlight

You can display spotlights on your manager panel dashboard, just as you can display them on your public Get Connected platform. Here's an example of a spotlight:

To add a spotlight, select the Spotlight from the Content Type dropdown and complete the following fields:

Icon Select the icon to be displayed. In the above example, the admin has selected the bicycle icon.
Color Enter or select the hex code to indicate the color of the spotlight banner.
Font Color Select the font color for the banner.
Title Type the spotlight title.
Subtitle Type the spotlight subtitle (400 characters max).
Link Text Type the link text. In the example above, the link text is "Sign me up!"
Link Enter the link that will open when someone clicks the link text. 
Open Need in New Tab Indicate whether you want the link to open in a new tab. 

Click Submit Page. 

Content Type: Video

Select the Video content type to include a video on your volunteer impact pages. To add a video, you must first upload it to an online video-hosting site such as YouTube or Vimeo. Once it's uploaded, simply copy and paste the video's URL into the space provided.

Content Type: Top Volunteers

Select this content type to show who is responding to the most needs on your Get Connected site. You can select the number of volunteers to display (4 or 6), and the date range (month, year, or all time).

Content Types: Recent Items

Select to show your site's most recent agencies, blog posts, or photos.

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