Initial Setup

Create an Admin User

Once you have set up your account with Story Pro and we have generated your platform, the first thing you need to do is create a user for your admin account ( for more information see the guide on Account Structure). 

We have already set your username as your email, now you just need to reset your password. Follow the link and the simple steps to do this.

Once you have your admin password, click the link to go to the admin platform.

Set Up an Account with Uploadcare

Uploadcare is an external platform for hosting all of your media in the Story Pro platform. Before you do anything else, it’s important that you create an account there and integrate it with your platform. It only takes a few simple steps to set it up and then you can forget about it.

  1. Create an account with Uploadcare and sign up to one of their payment plans. You can use the free plan to start with.

  2. Go to the Projects area and create a new project.

  3. Click on API keys on the left-hand menu.

  4. You will see a Public key and Secret key (which is hidden). You will need both, so click to see the secret key as well.

  5. Next, go to your Account Settings in the platform and click the Integrations tab. In the Uploadcare section, click Configure to edit the fields.

  6. Next, copy and paste the keys from the Uploadcare platform then click Save.

Important: If you start creating content before you have set up your Uploadcare account, you will still be able to do so but your media may be lost. This includes logo files, cover images, or any type of multimedia content. Once you have set up your Uploadcare account, make sure you reupload any images or videos that you had already uploaded to make sure these do not get lost.

Create a Discussion

Now that you have your platform, it’s time to create some content to make it look beautiful. 

The quickest and easiest way to create shareable content is with Discussions. You don’t have to spend time writing an article and sourcing beautiful-looking images, we have designed Discussions so that you can create something that looks attractive and that drives engagement with minimum hassle. Find some content that you have noticed recently; perhaps an interesting tweet, a headline, or a quotation - anything that you think people will want to interact with.

From the admin site, select Discussions from the main menu. Then, click the button Add New Discussion.

You will need to fill in a few basic details about your post. The required fields are Headline, Author, and Category (see more about categories in the article on Organizing Content). 

  • The Headline will be the discussion headline that appears on the tile on your homepage. You can use the title of the article you have chosen or make up your own.

  • Choose the author from a dropdown of users who have editing permissions on your platform

  • Choose the category from a list of categories you have created, If you haven’t created any yet, you can use the General default (don’t worry, you will be able to go back and recategorize it later when you have decided what categories you want to add).

Save your changes and you will see the button Page Builder, click this to start building your discussion.

Build Your Discussion

Build mode is specifically designed to help you produce content faster by letting you create with different content blocks which are called Elements (see the article on Elements for a more detailed look).

Discussions are divided into the Header and the Body. Each region has different elements you can use.

Header Elements

Click on Add New Element in the header section, and an element selector will open up. There are currently two options for Discussion headers: Solid and Embedded.

Click Solid Header to add it, then click the Edit icon.

Add your Headline.

Choose a Background Color from the palette and click Save.

Click on Desktop Preview to see how your header looks.

Click on Mobile Preview to see how your header looks.

Body Elements

You have many options in the body elements area. To get started as quickly as possible, add four Color Blocks from the Full-Screen Elements and one Embed block from the Standard Elements

Choose Color Block and then click edit. Choose the same color as your Header and select the shape triangle bottom.

Save and view it in the Desktop preview. Now you have what looks like a big colored arrow pointing to your content - pretty cool, huh?

Next, you’re going to add the Embed block, so drag that element to below the first color block and click to edit it.

Add the url to the article that you chose and save. Click to view the desktop preview and you’ll see that the article image and headline show up with a link to the article.

You can use the remaining blocks to add some standout information from your article.

Edit the first block and choose header. Add your headline first. Description is optional. Choose the size of header, alignment: center and save.

Discussions are all about making the most impact with the least amount of content, so add some emojis into your headline. You can do this by opening your onscreen keyboard and selecting the emojis you want to add.

Next, create another block and select image.

Next, upload your image.

Fill out the remaining sections and click save.

Click Desktop Preview to see your saved work.

Publish Your Discussion

When you are happy with it, click Exit Page Builder and then Edit Discussion.

Now, you’ll need to add a brief description. This will appear just below the headline on the discussion tile.

In Publish Date, add today’s date and then save.

Congratulations - you just published your first piece of content! Go to your platform to see how it looks and share it with your followers.

Now you know how to create a quick and easy discussion, find out more about the different options for Discussions or Articles in the Publishing Guide.

Brand Your Platform

To get you started with your platform set up, we added some default information for your platform configuration, contact information, and social media accounts. You can edit this and add some branding to your platform in the General Settings area.

Platform Configuration

Click the Edit button to update the information in the Configuration area.

Your Platform Name, Description, and Url are all important for the SEO of your platform and will show up in the search results when someone searches for you.

We only need your company's Legal Name for your privacy policy documentation. Your Contact information will not show up on your platform so you can edit it now or later.

In the social media field, add your Twitter handle and we can link your account to social-media rich cards.

Platform Logo

You can add company logos and icons to your site. From the main settings area, select Theme, then Branding. Under Logo, click the button to choose an image. You will be able to choose from your local files, cloud storage, or social media images.

Homepage Branding

Go back to Theme Settings and click Homepage.

Click Edit to change the homepage settings. For now, select the colors that most closely match your brand in header color and overlay color.

You have now branded your platform and added your first piece of content. Go take a look at your live site to see how it looks.

When you are ready to add more customization to your platform, see the Settings article to see all the things you can do.

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