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Exhibits Documentation A guide to building exhibits using Spotlight

3: Exhibit Publication Checklist

Before you publish your exhibit, review the following list of recommendations. These recommendations have been developed to promote better user experience and ensure consistency between published exhibits.

Include a short description (abstract) of your exhibit. These descriptions are used on the exhibits sites homepage to help users learn what your exhibit is about.

Configuration → General → Basic settings → Description

Include a thumbnail image for your exhibit. These thumbnails are used on the exhibits sites homepage to provide a visual identity for your exhibit.

Configuration → Appearance → Exhibit thumbnail

Turn off unnecessary metadata fields. In the context of an exhibit, it is generally not necessary to show all metadata fields for exhibit items in all search result page types (or even the items details page). Consider turning off all metadata fields for search results pages other than List view (the title is always displayed), and selectively turn off fields with either empty, redundant, or low information value for List and Item detail pages.

Configuration → Metadata

Turn off unnecessary search facets. In the context of an exhibit, it is generally not necessary to display all metadata facets (or facets that are very similar to each other). Consider turning off any facet that is not likely to be frequently used, which will simplify the user interface.

Configuration → Search → Facets

Turn off less useful search result page types. The List and Gallery page types are useful for most exhibits. The Masonry and Slideshow types might be useful for exhibits featuring highly-visual content.

Configuration → Search → Results

Add, replace, or crop the default thumbnail images for browse categories. You can improve the look of the Browse landing page by adding and cropping representative images for each browse category tile.

Curation → Browse (edit the relevant browse category item)

Add at least one contact to the About page. Include name, job title, and email at a minimum; a photo is optional but desired.

Curation → About pages → Contacts

Include at least one contact email for the person who should receive the "feedback" emails about the exhibit. Feedback sometimes includes comments from users that require curatorial follow-up, so it is a good idea to include at least one curator email address.

Configuration → General → Basic settings –> Contact emails