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How to use Create Connections

Connections enables you to connect your social networking profiles to your Create account. Use this to post to your social networks when you publish pages or blogs, connect with Widgets quickly and handle all your external services in one place.

You can also add text to be used as a template, so that you have a standard message to post on your social networks!

In this guide we will be looking at the following:


How to add your Instagram account to Connections

To add your Instagram account to your Connections area please follow these steps:

  1. Go to your “Account” screen on the Top Menu
  2. Select “Connections” from the left-hand menu
  3. Click on the Instagram icon, as seen in the screenshot below:

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  4. A pop up will appear which will prompt you to put in your Instagram login details. Or, if you are already signed in, it will display an “Authorise App” button
  5. Select the “Authorise App” button
  6. Your Instagram account will then appear in your Connections area

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How to add your Facebook account to Connections

To add your Facebook account to your Connections area please follow these steps:

  1. Go to your “Account” screen on the Top Menu
  2. Select “Connections” from the left-hand menu
  3. Click on the Facebook icon
  4. A pop up will appear which will prompt you to put in your Facebook login details. Or, if you are already signed in, it will display an “Authorise App” button
  5. Select the “Authorise App” button
  6. Your Facebook account will then appear in your Connections area


How to add your Twitter account to Connections

To add your Twitter account please follow these steps:

  1. Go to your “Account” screen on the Top Menu
  2. Select “Connections” from the left-hand menu
  3. Click on the Twitter icon
  4. A pop up will appear which will prompt you to put in your Twitter login details. Or, if you are already signed in, it will display an “Authorise App” button
  5. Select the “Authorise App” button
  6. Your Twitter account will then appear in your Connections area, as in the screenshot below:


How to add your LinkedIn account to Connections

To add your LinkedIn account to your Connections area please follow these steps:

  1. Go to your “Account” screen on the Top Menu
  2. Select “Connections” from the left-hand menu
  3. Click on the LinkedIn icon
  4. A pop up will appear which will prompt you to put in your LinkedIn login details, as you can see in the screenshot below. Or, if you are already signed in, it will display an “Authorise App” button

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  5. Select the “Authorise App” button
  6. Your LinkedIn account will then appear in your Connections area


How to add your eBay account to Connections

You can connect eBay to your Create account to list items on eBay and import eBay order. For more information on this, please see our eBay integration guide here.

 To add eBay to your connections, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to your “Account” screen on the Top Menu
  2. Select “Connections” from the left-hand menu
  3. Click on the eBay logo
  4. A pop up will appear which will prompt you to enter your eBay login details, as you can see in the screenshot below:

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  5.  You will be now presented with a "Grant application access:" screen, this is making sure it's okay for us to link to your eBay. Read the statement and click "I Agree" to continue
  6. Your eBay account will then appear in your Connections area


How to share an update when publishing a blog post

Now you have written your Blog post and it's ready to go live, you want as many people as possible to see it. So why not post about it from your Connections area! To do this please follow the instructions below:

  1. Go to your “Account” screen on the Top Menu
  2. Click the “Edit” icon next to your “Blog” page
  3. Select the “Edit” icon next to your blog post
  4. When you are ready to go live click the "Publish & Share" button in the bottom left-hand corner
  5. A box will then appear, prompting you to share this
  6. Write in the text box the text you wish to update your social network profile with
  7. Click on the icons for the social networking profiles you wish to share it to. For example, on the screen below the update is being shared to Facebook and Twitter:



  8. Click “Save Changes” and your update will be shared! 


How to share an update when you publish your website

It's great to tell your followers that you have published your website as this encourages them to go take a look, driving more traffic to your website. You can share an update from your Create account when publishing by following these steps:

  1. Go to your “Preview/Publish” page on the Top Menu
  2. Select “Publish to Web”
  3. Click the yellow “Publish & Share" button
  4. Write in the text box the text you wish to update your social network profile with
  5. Click on the icons for the social networking profiles you wish to share it to. In the screenshot below the update is being shared on Twitter:



  6. Click “Publish & Share” for your update to be shared!


How to add a template for your social update

Creating a template for your social network updates is extremely useful if you are on the move and do not have time to write a separate update each time. It's also a great idea if you want all your updates to be uniform and be the same! In your Connections area you can easily set this up by following the steps below:

  1. Go to your “Account” screen on the Top Menu
  2. Select “Connections” from the left-hand menu
  3. Click on “Edit Templates”
  4. Write the updates you wish to be posted onto your social networking profiles in the text boxes, as seen below:



  5. Click “Save Changes”
  6. You will then see a message appear, telling you your templates have been saved

 

Please note that the Connections feature is not available on trial accounts.

 
If you need any help or assistance using Connections please feel free to contact your Account Manager who will be more than happy to help.