Post fields

Customizing your post fields can be a very helpful tool when you want to convey a clear message on what you're expecting from others in a post. You can create placeholders for the subject and body of a post! Instead of all of your instructions in the description of the padlet you can enter prompts within the post composer.

Don't want your students to have the ability to post YouTube links? Disable it! You can also create your own custom fields! Have the autonomy you need to really create your own space!

How do I get there?

Open the padlet > Click the Settings cog icon (⚙️) on the right side of the padlet > Scroll to the Posts section > Click Post fields.

This is where you can modify your post fields.

Show or hide post fields

When your students or collaborators open the post composer to create a post, you can customize what they see and what they can do.

Choose whether to Show or Hide the subject, attachment options, the body of the post, and/or the color options. If you choose to Hide some of these fields they will not show up when you click the plus (+) button to create a post.

In the example below, I have chosen to Hide all attachment options except for draw and I can't draw. To do this, from the post fields panel, click on Attachment > select Custom > make sure all attachment options are unchecked (minus the ones you want).

As you can see, the only two options showing in the post composer are now draw and I can't draw.

If you are using one of our Gallery Templates you may notice that some of the posting options are not available. You can customize them to see what you want by changing the post fields as shown in this article.

Creating placeholder text

Creating placeholder text can reiterate exactly what you are looking for. From the post fields panel, click on the area you want to create a placeholder in. For example. I've created a placeholder below for the subject and body of my post to reflect the results I am looking for.

Don't forget to hit Save!

Now the post composer will look like this when creating a post.

When your students/collaborators begin to type, the placeholder text will disappear and be replaced by their content.

Create a new custom field

Create a new custom field from the post fields panel by clicking New custom field. You can fill this in with any text you want. The text you place here will stay in your post, unlike the placeholder text.

To get to your Custom field panel -> Click the Settings cog icon (⚙️) > Posts > Post fields > New custom field > Type your text in the 'Field name' > Create.

Below is the final product! The placeholder text in the subject and body have been replaced by my content. The new custom field shows the prompt "Describe yourself in one word," followed by my answer.

If a custom post field is deleted at any time from the padlet's Settings, all posts containing the custom fields will be updated at the same time. This means -- if you delete a custom field in the Settings, that same custom field will be deleted from all posts containing it, as well. Be cautious!

Custom field types

Custom field types are important where you want to restrict the use of any other type of format. For example, if you want to ensure users answer a specific question - but you only want them to choose between the answer options listed, you can use the 'Single select' field type.

To change the field type to use in your posts, you can choose from a few different options:

  • Text (add a field where only text is allowed)
  • Single select (add a field where users have options to choose from - such as when voting for something).
    • Example: Have the question, "What's your favorite color?" Select 'Single select' as your post field type and list multiple different colors. Users can choose one from the list.
  • Button (allows users to link a URL by attaching it to a button)
  • Number (add a field where only numbers are allowed - multiple number formats available)
  • Date/time (add a field where only a date and/or time can be added)

To change the order that custom properties appear in the post composer, click the Settings cog (⚙️) > Posts > Post fields > drag and drop the custom properties in the order that you want them!

You can require certain areas to be filled out by toggling the button ON next to 'Required' in your post fields section. Learn more about Required fields here!

The possibilities are endless.

Be creative! Have fun! Be unique. Be YOU! 🫵

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