TalentLMS Features & Updates

Introducing the “Custom Homepage”

introducing the custom homepage
It is very common to want to customize the initial user experience for your learning portal.

This experience is mostly controlled by the set of pages that end-users view before logging in. To control this set of pages an integration with a system like WordPress is needed which increases the complexity substantially.

That’s why we took it in our hands to make our clients’ life easier. Today we are very excited to announce a new feature called “Custom Homepage”. You can now build a good-looking, mobile-friendly promotional website for your learning portal within TalentLMS, without coding, without integrations and without additional costs.

Here is what you get:

  • Easily build a branded homepage for your learning portal
  • Promote selected courses on the landing page
  • Extend with new pages as necessary
  • Customize what end-users see prior logging in

How it works

Go to Basic settings and select “Custom Homepage” in the Homepage field and then click on the edit icon to the right.

In the pop-up you will be able to view the list of menu entries of your homepage (1). There are two special pages Home and Course catalog that cannot be removed. Course catalog page can be deactivated if needed.

Click on the top menu to add a simple page, consisting of text and image, or add a menu entry pointing to an external URL. You can reorder the menu entries by clicking on the Reorder button, or view how you homepage will look like, by clicking on the Preview button (2).

 

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Click on the Home menu entry to view the home edit screen. Home is divided in two sections. The top one (1) consists of headline, a sub-headline and an artwork welcoming your visitors. Artwork must be at least 1170 px wide. You can upload an image with the option to crop them to the desirable dimensions.

 

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In the bottom section (2) you can choose to show a list of up to 12 featured courses on your homepage. Choose which on to show by clicking on their title in the Featured courses field.

Click on any page from the list of menu entries or click on Add Page from the top menu to view the page edit screen. Page title is the menu entry title. You can define a headline and a sub-headline for your page as well as the URL path relative to your portal’s domain name (1).

Type the content of your page with the WYSIWYG editor and optionally add an image. Images must be at least 500px wide. You can upload larger images and then crop them to desirable dimensions (2). If you choose to include an image, then it will cover the right half of the page.

 

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You can add menu entries pointing to external websites by clicking on the Add URL button from the top menu. Page title is the menu entry title.

 

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Bellow you can view how your custom homepage will look like by hitting on the Preview button from the top menu.

 

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Feel free to check our video for a quick overview!

 

  • Maxie Collier

    Thank you TalentLMS team for this and all of your innovative enhancements. Now if we could just get one-click course ordering for those homepage courses (like the Internet sales platforms) I bet we’d see lots more conversion. 🙂

  • Awesome Job team. Keep the features rolling 🙂

  • Fatih

    Like nice but i remember this design 🙂 This was my idea&design ! You know who I am !!!

  • Oliver Rossi

    Would be great to add an option to have a custom page’s link keep appearing in the top menu AFTER end-user logs in.

    • Pieter De Leenheer

      Oliver I agree. This great feature is a bit useless for registered users. I would like to understand the design choice behind it. Nobody from the TalentLMS seems to respond to these questions here 🙁

  • Pieter De Leenheer

    Great feature but useless. After login the pages disappear. Searching on keywords do not reveal their content either. The user must log out in order to access these short cuts and pages. I dont get the idea behind it. Please advise.

  • Tije Oortwijn

    Hi,
    I’m just trying out TalentLMS and I really like what I see. Currently looking at the branding / branching options. The Custom CSS defined in the theme section isn’t picked up by the custom landing page, am I right? Can this be done, so I can change the appearance of the featured courses (.tl-cms-course-wrapper) or change the page to full page width for instance?

    • Fani Zacahropoulou

      Hi Tije,

      No, the custom CSS code is picked up from everywhere including the custom home page. So you can define additional style for “.tl-cms-course-wrapper” (as well as for any other element).

      You can also assign different theme to each branch. Are you editing the right theme?

      • Tije Oortwijn

        Hi Fani,
        Thank you for the swift answer. I figured it should, but I wasn’t sure. I’m not using the right CSS then or editing the wrong theme like you say. Thanks again, I will try right away.

  • Erin Mahabir

    Hello! New to TalentLMS and I love the custom home page. Only problem is that we have created multiple branches for our 11 locations (for reporting purposes) but we would like the same look to each landing page. Can anyone tell me how to easily duplicate the words and images to other branches? (or is it truly a manual and tedious process?) Thanks in advance!!
    Erin

    • Fani Zacharopoulou

      Hi Erin, thanks for your feedback 🙂 Could you please drop our support team a line, at support@talentlms.com, so they can help you? Thanks a lot!