When you’re ready to get the ball rolling on your community’s migration to the Emphasis theme, fill out the form below and a member of the Customer Experience Team will be in touch soon! In the meantime, check out some of our live customers who already upgraded their platforms.
I’m Ready For Emphasis!
Emphasis in the Wild
The following platforms have been customized by the customer or by the Localist Team as a part of our Support Bold services.
Branding Frequently Asked Questions
How can we tell if our platform is already using Emphasis?
If your platform has event listings on the left with an exposed right content sidebar, you are using Legacy. If your platform is a one-column layout with event cards, congrats — you’re already using Emphasis!
Will the Admin Dashboard change when we upgrade
The only changes to the Admin Dash are in place to support the new features. For example, a “Card Size” option has been added to the Event List component in Channel Layout Editors. That said, the overall layout and general back-end management tools, such as editing Filters, or approving events, will not change when you upgrade to Emphasis.
Will upgrading to Emphasis impact our Widgets, the API, or feed data/displays?
Not at all! Emphasis is a platform-only upgrade and will have no impact on how you are displaying or ingesting content on other websites.
Will we be able to provide feedback before our production platform is upgraded?
Absolutely! Once a final draft point has been reached, you will receive an email inviting you to review the mockup. The CX Team will also provide a collaborative Google Sheet for you to log feedback and track progress.
Emphasis Migration Process
The Customer Experience Team has got you covered when it comes to migrating from Legacy to Emphasis. Learn more about the migration process from start to finish!
Migration Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a cost associated with upgrading to Emphasis?
No! Upgrading to Emphasis and taking advantage of the new included features is 100% included in your license.
What role will the Localist Team play in upgrading from Legacy to Emphasis?
The Localist Customer Experience Team (CX) will spin up Emphasis in your platform’s Staging Environment, and apply your brand as it appears on your Legacy platform (i.e. application of the same header/footer if applicable, as well as your existing colors and fonts.) When you’re ready to upgrade your Production platform, the CX Team will handle the migration process on your behalf. That said, packages are available for an additional fee if you need things like application of a new brand (ex. a new header/footer, colors, and fonts), or a guaranteed turnaround time for the migration.
Can we upgrade our platform to Emphasis instead of the Localist Team?
Of course! While you will still need to coordinate with the CX Team to get started, and eventually, transition the theme from Staging to Production, your team is more than welcome to take the reins on reimagining and implementing your brand on Emphasis.
Can we schedule a time to upgrade to Emphasis
Yes! The CX Team is available to transition the approved Emphasis theme from Staging to Production Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm ET. Upgrading your Production platform takes a few minutes and no downtime is required.
Once Emphasis is live on our production platform, can we continue to submit our branding tweaks to the Localist team?
After Emphasis is live on your platform, Localist will provide a one-week grace period for you to submit any final tweaks that may have been missed during the migration process. Beyond that, it will be your team’s responsibility to make further customizations. That said, if you have Bold Services, the CX Team will continue to accept branding tweaks until the expiration of your services.
Submit Your Brand
After exploring Emphasis updates, and reviewing the migration process, you can submit your brand to the Localist CX Team to kick off the process!
Take a tour of the upgraded look/feel of the Emphasis Theme, explore Emphasis exclusive features, and read up on frequently asked questions.
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Emphasis Exclusive Features
Homepage & Channels
A more prominent display is now available for Channel cover photos. Channel Admins also have the option to add a bold, solid background in the color of their choice.
Solid Channel Background
Channel Cover Photo
Channel Cover Photo With Color Overlay
Users can now choose from 3 different layouts for displaying events on a Channel. Admins can now set a different display for each Channel by making a selection in the Card Size drop-down option in the Channel Layout Editor for each event list.
Card Size Field In Channel Layout Editor
Submit An Event Component
Your calendar’s homepage now comes equipped with a more prominent call to action to encourage your community to submit events. This comes in the form of a component in the Channel Layout Editor.
To give users more insight on new and interesting events on your platform, a “New” Tag is now automatically included on event cards for events that have been approved within the last 30 days.
Featured Carousel Controls
The Featured Carousel component now has a play/pause button that starts and stops the slider.
Pop-Out Drawer Navigation
Platform navigation is now housed in a clickable drawer to allow more focus on event listings. Users can easily access all additional Channels, Widget Builder and Group/Department directories.
Event Filtering Options
In addition to filtering by specific event Classifiction, users can now filter events by when they are occurring. Select from Today, Next 7 Days, Next 30 Days or choose a date from the Mini-Cal.
Users can select multiple Filter items to sort by for each Filtering option by clicking on the box next to each Filter item they wish to include in their search.
Global Event Layouts
The Global Event Layout Editor allows for a streamlined layout for all Event Detail Pages on your platform. Select as many components as you feel necessary to provide users with the maximum amount of event details. Just like with Channels, you can arrange these components by dragging and dropping them to the desired position on the page.
Global Event Layout
Global Event Layout Components
Per Event Layouts
Per Event Layout Editor allows Admins to set a custom layout for any single event regardless of what the Global Layout is set to. This is great for events that may not require certain components or for the addition of more complex components such as custom HTML.
Customize Layout Tab on Admin Event Form
Per Event Layout Editor
Event Layout Editor Components
Featured Speaker + Group Components
The addition of the Featured Speaker and Featured Group Components in the Event Layout Editor allows Admins to select a User and/or Group to be highlighted on the Event Details Page. For example, the Featured Speaker component can be used to highlight a set of speakers that will be presenting at an event. Just add each speaker as a User then they’ll be eligible to be selected as a Featured Speaker.
Featured Speaker on the Event Details Page
Previously only available on the Channel Layout Editor, the RSS component is now available for all events on your platform using the Global Event Layout Editor. This allows Admins to include an RSS feed of events to each Event Details Page.
The Hero Image component allows Admins to set an eye-catching photo to display alongside event details.
Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram links are now available to display on individual Event Details Pages using the Social Link Component. The prominent display allows users to easily share events on social media and spread awareness of events happening in your community.
Add a link to an external website, like an addiitonal information page right on invididual Event Details Pages.
Public Event Submission Form Editor
The Submission Form editor allows Admins to pre-set the options they would like displayed to their users on the Public Event Submission Form.
Google Maps Quick Links
The Google Map component now includes quick links for public transit, car and walking directions. Upon clicking on these links, users will be directed to the corresponding Google Maps results page.
Conferences are a “moment in time” event spanning multiple days in a row and/or include scheduled sessions within the main “conference.” This may also apply to: festivals, workshops, orientations/trainings or special series.
Emphasis Features Frequently Asked Questions
Can we pick and choose which elements of Emphasis to adopt?
Emphasis is a platform-wide theme, and as such, it is all or nothing. To use any of the new features or styles flagged as Emphasis Exclusives, you’ll need to upgrade your platform in its entirety.
What impact does Emphasis have on my calendar’s existing content?
What you see is what you get display-wise but populated with your platform’s content such as events and Classification. Migrating to Emphasis will not remove any of your platform’s existing content, it’s just an update to how it displays the content.
Where can I see customer examples/customizations of Emphasis?
You can find examples in our Emphasis Brand resource: https://support.localist.com/emphasis-brand/.
Is Emphasis accessible?
Yes! Localist is always reviewing and improving accessibility, and we focus our efforts on the Emphasis theme.
How can we mitigate having low-quality, or few unique photos, when migrating to Emphasis?
There are a few different ways to approach this, and you can use them all in parallel:
- Rely on the Photo Fallback Chain: The Photo Fallback Chain ensures that an event never shows up on your calendar without a photo. If an event is submitted without a unique photo, an image will be assigned to the event based on the Classification its assigned to. This includes things like Event Type Filter photos, Group/Department Page photos, Place photos, or the default organization photo.
- Add Photos to the Photo Library: Create a selection of pre-approved images that Users and Admins can choose from if they do not have their own photo.
- Public Submission Form Guidelines: Communicate with your Users things like photo size guidelines, or what to do if they don’t have their own photo, by adding Guidelines within the form near the Photo field.
Review the Migration Process
Now that you’ve seen the upgrades included with Emphasis, review the expectations for the migration process.
✨ New look, same great features! ✨
Emphasis is an all new platform wide theme that has been designed so that your events can shine through as your brand.
To experience the standard, out-of-the-box Emphasis platform with no additional customizations or branding, click the Default Platform logo below.