Adding How-to Videos and Guidelines for content editors in Umbraco

While doing some work for a Charity in Australia, the client made a request to have some how-to videos displayed within the CMS.
The client had some advanced editors who were willing to record the videos and write down the guidelines.
Now they needed a way it could be displayed on the Umbraco back-office and updated by those advanced editors in the future.

This is the solution I came up with.

  • Create a Google Slides presentation with the guidelines and how-to videos. This Google Slides presentation can be later edited by anyone who has access to it.
    (PS: I tried Google Docs, but it didn't support video embedding)
  • Use File » Publish to the web » Embed option and copy the Embed code from there.

For a tab on the dashboard of the content section

  1. Create a new "Editor Help" tab within the Content Area using the instructions from here:
  2. Here's my code sample for adding into ~/config/Dashboard.config:
  3. Create a view with the Embed code in it.
    Code sample:

For a tab on given document types:

  1. Install the "Inline Html Help Label" (ProWorksInlineHtmlHelpLabel) package from here:
  2. Add another tab to the document type and name it as "Editor Help"
  3. Add a property named Help with an "HTML Inline Help Label" editors
  4. In the HTML to display, add some HTML with the Embed code in it:
    See my code snippet below:

That's all there is for the setup from a developer's perspective. Now an editor who has access to the Google Slides presentation could update it anytime and it will appear within the CMS back-office with no further intervention from the developer.

See a walkthrough video of how it was all put together.

This concept could be used with other CMS back-offices as well. Give it a try and leave me a comment.

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