1. What is a hub and when does it make sense to use one?
We've heard the request countless times before: How do I share my events dashboard?
Enter our solution for publicizing, organizing, and amplifying your event series: the hub.
So, what's a hub? It's a landing page that makes multiple events discoverable. It's also a place where your events, as a whole, can be subscribed to.
Check out Splash's very own hub for discovering the best events in Brooklyn:
Hubs are completely customizable — whether you're looking to feature one event or thousands, past events or featured events, events by location, or events not even hosted on Splash, hubs is the solution.
And do you see those cards above? Those hub cards — an event's visual representation — can be designed any which way and are 100% dynamic (more on that in a bit.)
And get this - your Splash hub comes with a unique embed code hubs, which means your event can be featured ANYWHERE — no developers needed :)
Pretty wild, right?
But, does it make sense for me to create a hub page?
There are a variety of different uses cases for a hub including:
- A central event calendar (like the bk.events example above)
- Multi-city, multi-location, or multi-session events
- Events unified around a campaign (i.e. SXSW or Cannes)
- Distributed host programs (example: Tableau User Groups)
The next few chapters will walk you through the world of hubs and get you prepped to create your very first hub page.
Here's what to look forward to:
1. Hub Setup: Spoiler alert - It's as easy as adding a hub element to a standard Splash page. We'll walk you through it step by step, including best practices for distinguishing it from a typical event.
2. Curation: How to quickly and seamlessly add events from your dashboard to your hub.
3. Design: This is where things really get fun. You can style hub cards (the events) according to their "state" (i.e. upcoming, featured, past, and more) then go crazy with adding additional elements from our library (these are the Splash design tools you already know and love!). The possibilities for shape, size, design, and layout are endless.
4. Organization: Hub configuration extends far beyond design — it's really about making it easy for your community to discover the right event. That's why hubs can be filterable and sortable by key identifiers, such as their date, tags, distance, popularity, and more. Organization becomes even more exciting when you have multiple hubs on one page — yes, you read that right! - such as a past events hub, upcoming events hub, and featured events hub.
5. Optimization: Hubs can be enhanced by a variety of powerful, out-of-the-box features, such as a navigation bar, search bar, and "display more" buttons, to name a few. We'll show you how and when to integrate them into your site.
6. Sharing: Your entire hub can be embedded anywhere, as can the individual event cards. And there's a variety of use cases we'll explore together.
7. Community: Not only are visitors able to subscribe to your hub, but you're able to access — and message — that comprehensive list of subscribers from any hub event. Talk about easy email communication!