Getting everyone’s attention when a new Confluence page is published is a challenge. And, to be honest, not a simple one. Thankfully, the all-new MacroSuite macro hero is here to save the day and help you get all eyes on your news! Read on and learn how to use the Announcements to spark everyone’s interest by sharing happenings and upcoming events in an efficient and engaging way.
Enhance your Confluence page design and UX with MacroSuite Cards!
If you’re not into the design but still don’t want your Confluence page to have that ’90s vibe, this blog post might just be what you’re looking for. Stay right where you are as we bring a solution to your aesthetically challenged pages! Read on and learn how to improve your Confluence page design and UX by using the MacroSuite Cards macro. Ready? Let’s get started right away!
Add fun to functional with MacroSuite Cards
Cards are a super-effective UI element that resemble playing cards in size and shape and are designed to encourage users to click or tap to discover more information. A single card typically has several elements that are all related to the same subject, such as an image, a title, and a link. You can also think of it as a repository for relevant information that is both easily accessible and appealing.
Without a doubt, cards have been a standard element of UI design for quite some time. Or, if you prefer fashion references, a little black dress of the UI design. 🙂 And there are valid reasons for it. They are simple, straightforward, clickable, easy to customize, and not to forget – dazzling! On top of that, using cards allows you to gather multiple pieces of information into one easily readable unit. After all, all the cool kids and big players use them. To name a few, Atlassian, Booking.com, Pinterest, and Airbnb – all have embraced them. So, what’s blocking you? Let us let you in on a little secret: you don’t need to be a design pro to breathe a new life into your Confluence page. Luckily, you can always count on easy and simple solutions from Caelor! Now, let us present to you the new look of the MacroSuite Cards macro that allows you to swiftly build a stylin’ Confluence page with a number of customizable layout options.
Learn what’s new in MacroSuite Cards
For starters, let’s welcome and give a big round of applause for our newly added Templates! Although our design team had a field day getting them ready for you, they are primarily (pre)designed to make your life and work easier. Save your time and creative juices and choose from a cool selection of Text, Icon, and Image templates.
Of course, nothing is set in stone, so feel free to give them your own spin and further tailor them to meet your requirements. And if you wish to show your work and share your creativity with other team members, you’ll be glad to hear we’re currently working on adding the Library section. The Library section will be available in the new release, and it will allow you to store all your custom-designed cards in one place. Oh, we’ve just spilled the beans, but, hey, we all get to look forward to it now!
As Michael Lee nicely put it, “The first draft reveals the art; revision reveals the artist.” So, to help you uncover and release the artist within, we’ve made it possible for you to easily further customize your newly generated cards. The card title or description can be changed right on the screen thanks to the inline editing feature. You can experiment and play around with various design styles using the design style feature until you discover the ideal one for your use case. You can also decide which components to include and graphically display in your cards. Go to the layout structure and decide what you want to keep in one simple step. Label, Text, Bar, and Arrow are waiting for your final decision.
Once you’re finished designing your cards, it’s time to add some action by making them clickable. Add a link to the selected card and take your reader on a journey to the destination of your choice. Other Confluence Pages, Attachments, Direct links, or Emails are just a click away.
And if you’re still not entirely sure why you should use MacroSuite Cards macro, we’re just about to serve some food for thought.
MacroSuite Cards macro key features
Cards are an excellent UX-friendly way to organize information.
Cards combine several pieces of information (text, image, and links) related to the same subject into one easily digestible unit. In fact, they turn out to be a very useful overview that encourages readers to navigate to a different page for more details.
Cards give readers a general gist at first glance; provide a summary and a link to more information.
Using cards allows you to keep your content brief and to the point. They offer a summary without too many details that could overwhelm your readers. Also, they will enable you to link to additional material, which saves you from having to provide a lengthy explanation.
Cards enable a flexible and more engaging layout.
The use of Cards massively improves the efficiency, interest level, and aesthetics of an information presentation. All of it ultimately leads to a better response and more action from the readers.
The most important thing to keep in mind when using cards is that they should be easy to scan for important and helpful information. Watch out not to get lost in the weeds; otherwise, you can end up missing the whole purpose of the cards. Also, make sure that the elements like text and images are arranged in a way that makes the info hierarchy clear.
With the makeover and new features, we did our part; now, it’s up to you to use them to drastically improve the functionality of your Confluence page. 😉 Oh, and do let us know if you need a helping hand or more info; we’re here, standing by!
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