When you switch to Planet 4, you’ll need to make some modifications in Planet 4 Settings Panel to ensure proper functionality. This section tells you what each setting does.

 

 

General Settings (Title, Date, Admin)

Dashboard > Settings > General

Give your site a title and a tagline, you can’t edit URL and Site addresses, but you can insert the admin email address, and decide if anyone can register and in which default role

Setting up P4 general settings, incl. site title, tagline admin email and default membership

 

Please remember to change the site email address to a contact address/webmaster from your office


Language, Date and Time

Dashboard > Settings > General

As an Admin, you will be able to set date and time, and check the default language. Need to translate P4? Check this page. 

 

Setting up language, date & time in P4 > Settings > General

 

  • REMINDER >> Make sure you change the admin email address of your production site to a contact email/web master email from your office.

 


Reading Settings (homepage, indexing)

Dashboard > Settings > Reading

The “Reading” settings tell browsers and search engines how to “Read” the website. From here, you can determine which page will be the Homepage and if the site will be indexed by search engines or not.

  • KEY INFO >> If the “Search Engine Visibility” box is ticked, search engines will exclude your Planet 4 site from search results

 

Setting up P4 > Reading settings, including commands to set up which page will be the Home and if the site will be indexed by search engines or not.

 

 


Discussion Settings (Comments)

Dashboard > Settings > Discussion

Enable or Disable comments on posts by ticking the following checkbox:

  • KEY INFO >> Changing this setting will only affect newly created posts, not existing ones. See below to find how to disable comments on existing posts.

 

 

Disable comments on existing posts

Posts > All Posts

To remove comments from all of your existing posts, you have to do it through a bulk edit from the Posts overview.

The bulk edit only applies to the posts selected, so it will only affect the posts shown on the page. To avoid having to do this many times, change the Number of Items from the Screen Options panel on top and Apply changes.

 

Then select all the posts and on Bulk Actions select Edit and click on Apply.

 

Then a panel with options to edit is shown and you’ll see there is a Comments field. Here you select the option to not allow comments and Update changes.

 

Allow comments on existing posts

Same steps as for the previous action, you just need to select the Allow option.

Watch the video below.

 

Re-attribute comments to another user

Steps:

  1. submit a comment being LOGGED OUT of Planet4
  2. login to P4
  3. go to the Comments section in the back end
  4. look for the comment you want to change the author name and click on Edit or Quick edit
  5. change the name and then click Update comment
  6. check if the name is both changed in the back end and front end.

Watch the video below.

 


Main P4 Navigation (Title, Act, Explore)

Dashboard > Settings > Planet 4

 

 

Website Navigation Title (1)

Each install of Planet 4 has a drop down menu that allows our supporters to navigate to other Greenpeace sites. Put your site name into this box to let the user know which site they are currently on. The country menu below will always remain the same.

 

Select Act and Explore Pages (2)

The main functionality for the platform is built into blocks, which should be able to go to any page and still work properly.  However, design and functionality on blocks on certain pages (ACT and EXPLORE pages) needed to be different. For example, we need to know which pages are subpages of the “ACT”, in order to consider them as “Take Action” and apply the appropriate styles.

Additionally, Planet 4 needs to work in multiple languages. Because the “ACT” page will have a different name in each language, an admin needs to tell Planet 4 which page to look at. This setting defines which page is the parent of all “Take Action” pages.

This is similar for the Explore and Issues pages. These settings help the platform deliver the proper functionality at the proper time.

  • KEY INFO >> To determine “ACT” and “EXPLORE” is fundamental to unlock a series of functionalities developed for P4, such as “Take Action” or “Issue” pages, which must have “ACT” and “EXPLORE” as parenting pages, respectively.
  • More on Navigation & Main Pages

 


Copyright Texts

Dashboard > Settings > Planet 4

Copyright text Line 1 and Copyright text Line 2 (and 4)

 

Generic Copyright usage (see “legal checks” for more info), which state the usage of your P4 site. Below the text used for the International site:

This text appears below the Footer, here’s what it looks like in the front end of the International site (yes, on 4 the year gets automatically updated!)

 


GTM, EN subscribe form, Facebook Page ID and Cookies Text

Dashboard > Settings > Planet 4

Google Tag Manager Container, Engaging Networks subscribe form URL, Facebook Page ID and Cookies Text (5, and 7)

 

 

 

Connection to FB articles must be done both in Planet 4 Settings and in FB Publishing Tools

 

 

 

 


Buttons (Read More, Donate…)

Dashboard > Settings > Planet 4

Default title, button title, and Number of Related Articles (8, and 10)

If you want to change some strings or features for the Block: Articles

 

Take Action Covers default button text and Donate button link (11 and 12)

The Take Action Covers button will be displayed in the Block: Take Action Cover, and can be customized to be different than the “Out Of the Box” TAKE ACTION. The Donate button link is the URL of your Donation Page 

 

 


404 page

Dashboard > Settings > Planet 4

404 background image and 404 page text  (13 and 14)

The 404 error page gets set up in the P4 settings menu. Here’s what it looks like on the International site – https://www.greenpeace.org/international/ciao-I-am-a-404/

 

 

 

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Default P4 pagetype / Happy Point image

Dashboard > Settings > Planet 4

Default P4-page-type and Default Happy Point background image (15 and 16)

The Default p4-pagetype is the standard Page Type a Post gets assigned (see “Create Posts“).

You can also assign a default image to the Block: Happy Point. This image will be assigned automatically as a background of your form if you don’t customize it within the block itself.

 

 


Enforce Cookies Policy

Dashboard > Settings > Planet 4

The “Enforce Cookies Policy” setting is related to the Block: Cookies Control, and complement the functionality.  

 

MORE AT Block: Cookies Control

 

 


Anti-Spam

Dashboard > Plugins > Akismet

Activate the Akismet account (WordPress Spam blocker)

To ensure the minimum standards to block spam, each Planet 4 site has an Akismet subscription assigned to it.  The P4 project has an enterprise subscription to Akismet, covering the planet4 website. When new sites are deployed, the Akismet should already be configured. If for any reason yours isn’t please contact the P4 Team.

How to activate the Akismet account

 

 

NOTE >> you can get your Planet 4 API Key at any time by logging into your Akismet account

 

 

 


Redirects & URLs

Dashboard > Tools > Redirection

P4 redirects are managed by a wordpress.com Plugin called redirection.me.

In the P4 Admin dashboard, go to the left side menu and click on Tools – > Redirection

Go to the Add New Redirection at the end of the page, insert the URL (or regex) you want to redirect/ the short URL in the Source URL field and the destination one/ where you want to send the traffic in the Target URL field, then click on Add Redirect. The new redirect should appear in the list above.

 

 

You can also add “Regex” (aka – regular expression, matching many RLS).  To apply regex redirects , you must insert (.*) in the Source URL and /$1 at the end of the target URL

In the example above we are redirecting everything with url construct starting with /international/global/ to the archived domain.

All you need to know about links, redirects, slugs and URLs is at >> Master URLs, Links, Page Parenting and redirects

 

 


Plugin Blocks Usage

Dashboard > Plugin Blocks Usage

This (very useful) command provides an overview of which blocks are being used in which pages throughout the site. Blocks are alphabetically ordered and page links open directly the edit mode of the page.

The block also pulls out which Tag pages are using a redirect.

 

 


Engaging Networks settings

Dashboard > EngagingNetworks > Settings

Only for NROs using Engaging Networks. Please contact Greenpeace Global IT to know more.

 

API settings

P4 must connect to both public and private APIs of your NRO EN account:

KEY INFO >>

  • Every NRO using Engaging Networks (EN) has the P4 API fields already populated by Global IT
  • NO NEED to update the keys each time you publish a form in your EN account

 

This setup allows the information to be automatically sent from P4 to EN accounts, whenever a user signs up the Block Form.

 

 

 


The P4 < > Media Library Connection

Dashboard > MediaLibrary > ML Settings

Our in-house made P4 plugin allows P4 connection with the awesome Greenpeace Media Library. When you receive both Staging and PRODUCTION sites, the plugin is already configured and working with standard API credentials. Should you need to change those with a personal one, please contact the Greenpeace media library administrators.

The Media Library grants image access to Greenpeace staff based on the following guidelines:
  1. All content is protected by copyright and must be credited
  2. The user agrees that the content of a photograph will NOT be changed or manipulated in any way
  3. The user may receive links to 2500 pixel still images and broadcast resolution video media releases for a 14 day period from initial release (30 days for video). As an authorized representative, users are allowed to grant usage directly related to Greenpeace campaigns on the following basis: no resale, no archives, editorial use only, not for marketing or advertising campaigns, credit line compulsory.
  4. The user agrees that photos higher than 800 pixel will not be posted on any external website without library permission
  5. The user agrees to read and respect any additional restrictions displayed with an image.

 

 

P4 is already connected to the Media Library with a default user. No need to change it unless you need another API user to be connected.

 

Do you need to learn how to insert images from the media library to your P4 pages? Check images & videos > Use images from the GP Media library

 

 


Watch the P4 Admin Video

All you need to know about how Navigation, Content Types and Pages interact with one another is in the P4 Admin Video:

 

  1. 00:55 Homepage, Act and Explore pages
  2. 15:00 Page Blocks
  3. 16:55 Navigation and Footer
  4. 21:05 Settings
  5. 26:26 Categories and Tags
  6. 32:55 Issue pages
  7. 37:55 Tags page
  8. 39:00 Take Action pages

 

 


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