Getting started guide

New to Vito? Start here!

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Written by Vicky Carmichael
Updated over a week ago

Welcome to Vito! We're excited to have you here. This article is for organizers and collaborators looking for guidance in setting up a hub for the first time.

An overview of Vito

Vito allows you to instantly create a hub for your event, community or business: an online space where you can share posts and updates, invite people, upload videos, host livestreams and post your schedule.

Watch the short video below to see Vito in action (we recorded it a couple of years ago, so some parts of Vito look a little different these days):

There are tons of ways to customize a hub, but this step-by-step guide will signpost articles to help you find your way around Vito's main features.

Create a new hub

Create a new hub for your event, community or business, and give it a name (and optionally edit the default URL):

Upon saving, you'll land on the overview page, which only hub collaborators can see. Choose any of the quick actions on this page to get started adding content and people to your hub.

Get to know the UI

Here are a few key areas of the hub to familiarize yourself with. The descriptions are for desktop, so things may be presented slightly differently on mobile.

  • To the left of the hub is the sidebar. This is the main way you and your hub members will navigate your content. By default you have the overview page (visible only to collaborators), an all posts page, and a people page. You can also add custom pages, links and sections underneath these.

  • At the top of the sidebar is your hub name. Click on the ๐Ÿ”ฝ (down-pointing triangle) icon to open the hub menu to reveal settings and actions. If youโ€™re not sure where to find something, check here first.

  • Click on the ๐Ÿ‘๏ธ (eye) icon next to your hub name to reveal the editing bar. By default, youโ€™ll be viewing as a collaborator, but you can toggle this to view as a participant or a visitor as needed. To learn more about these roles, read about permissions and visibility in Vito.

  • At the bottom of the sidebar is a built-in editable code of conduct.

  • Click the Vito logo in the bottom-left corner of the hub to view and switch hubs and create a new hub. Click on the ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธ (bell) icon to view your notifications, the โ“(question mark) icon to access support, and your avatar to view and customize your user profile settings. You can also collapse the sidebar from here.

Customize your hub

  • Once you add a custom page (either from the overview page, the sidebar or the hub menu), you can add as many custom content blocks as you like. Pages (and even individual blocks) can be set to be visible to collaborators, participants or visitors.

  • Try posting a message to the discussion feed via the all posts page. It could be a simple "Hello world!" or you can experiment with uploading rich media, which will automatically be added to your media library for use around the hub. Note that some of these features require you to upgrade to a paid subscription โ€” more about that below.

  • If you will be hosting events in your hub, set up an event or sessions. You can create multiple events, for instance if you're running a series of meet-ups, or just a single schedule, e.g. for a conference.โ€‹

Need inspiration?

Some ideas for what you might want to add to your hub include:

  • Links to your blog or social media

  • Discussion feeds for specific topics

  • Pages of resources or show notes

  • Pages for your speakers, sponsors or special offers

For this last use-case, you'll find Cards a really useful feature. It allows you to create custom lists of items and display and re-use them around your hub. See this article for a more in-depth explanation.

Before jumping into other features to customize your hub and inviting other people, now might be a good time to complete your profile. And don't forget to replace the hub's default Code of Conduct with something specific to your event or community.

As you click around the hub, you may notice that some actions (like adding images, videos and livestreams and inviting other people) require you to subscribe to a paid plan. The remainder of this post will cover these features.

Once you subscribe to a paid plan in Vito, you'll be able to upload videos and start livestreaming. Why not film a short welcome video and share it to your hub so that folks have something to watch when you invite them? To run a livestream, you'll need to connect to some streaming software โ€” OBS Studio is a free, open source option.

If you'd like to grant anyone else in your team permission to view and edit the hub, you can invite them as a collaborator now. Be sure to share the link to this guide with them to help them find their way around!

Once you're happy with how the hub is looking, you can now open it up to participants. To sell access directly through Vito, simply connect your Stripe account and enable public registration. You can also add participants manually if you prefer. Or, if you're selling access via our ticketing software, Tito, you can make use of our webhook integration.

From here, you can keep adding to your hub and nurturing your community, and use Vito's Announcements feature to keep folks posted about new content.

If you get stuck, enable support access and then drop us a message in-app letting us know what you're trying to do and we'll be happy to help. ๐Ÿค—

Questions? Search our documentation, email or chat to us in-app.

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