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AXURE SHARE BASICS:

HOSTING AND SHARING PROJECTS

ON THE WEB

OVERVIEW

Axure Share is a hosted service for easily sharing your Axure RP prototypes with others, including your team and clients. It is a free service and allows you to upload up to 1000 projects with RP files up to 400 MB each.


Axure Share includes a Discussion feature for collecting feedback from stakeholders and testers. You can also customize the log in and password pages and assign a custom domain to your projects to provide a custom branded experience for your clients.


Advanced features enable you to host websites (like axure.com). Custom page titles, pretty URLs and meta descriptions can be added to the pages for search engine optimization. Plugins allow for custom HTML or JavaScript which is useful to add analytics or social media sharing buttons.


Axure Share projects can be password protected and Workspace settings can be changed to provide additional security. Learn more about Axure Share security in this article.


MANAGING PROJECTS

WORKSPACES

Axure Share projects are organized into workspaces. A workspace can be shared with others, and members of the workspace can publish and manage projects within it. Workspaces also can have custom security settings. Learn more about security settings here.


Within a workspace, you can create new projects; create new folders; move, delete and rename projects and folders; and duplicate projects.


To invite more people to your workspace, open the workspace, and go to Manage Users > Invite People.


The recipient will receive an email from Axure notifying them that you would like them to join your workspace. They will be asked to create an account or log in to Axure Share, to accept the invitation.


The Owner of a workspace can remove members by clicking Manage Users > Remove User. You can also unjoin a workspace. If you are the owner, you will need to select a new owner when you leave the workspace.

MY PROJECTS

The "My Projects" workspace is a personal workspace that cannot be shared. This is the default workspace for projects uploaded from Axure RP. You can move a project from "My Projects" to another workspace if you'd like to be able to share access to it.

PROJECTS AND FOLDERS

To create a new project in Axure Share, navigate to the workspace where you want to create it; then click the New Project button. Name the project and optionally upload an RP file and set a password.


You can add folders to organize your projects by clicking the New Folder button.

MOVE, DELETE, RENAME, AND DUPLICATE

Move: Click the checkbox next to the project or folder to be moved, click the Move button, select where to move it to, then click Move.


Delete: Click the checkbox next to the project or folder to be deleted, click the Delete button, then click Delete.


Rename: Click the checkbox next to the project or folder to be renamed, click the Rename button, type in the new name, then click Rename.


Duplicate: Click the checkbox next to the project to be duplicated, click the Duplicate button, then click Duplicate.

PROJECT CONFIGURATION AND SETTINGS

Use the menu of the "Configure" gear icon at the far right of the list of projects to access the prototype's configuration and settings. Use the first menu option, "File + Settings", to rename the project, assign a custom domain, upload or download an RP file, and change the project password.


You can navigate from this page to the following pages: Discussions, History (for Team Projects only) Plugins, Pretty URLs, and Redirects. Learn more about these features below.

UPLOADING TO AXURE SHARE

UPLOADING FROM INSIDE AXURE RP

To publish to Axure Share from Axure RP, click on the "Share" button in the Publish toolbar. You can also press [F6] on PC or [SHIFT] + [CMD] + [A] on Mac.


If you need to create an account, you can do that in the Publish to Axure Share dialog. Otherwise, enter your account's email and password.


Enter a project name and--if you want to keep it private--enter a password. You can also select the workspace and folder for the project. By default, projects will be published to your "My Projects" workspace.


When the RP file is uploaded, an URL to the generated project is provided. Click it to view the prototype or copy it to send to others.

UPLOADING FROM SHARE.AXURE.COM

After logging in at <share.axure.com>, you can select a workspace and click "New Project" to publish an RP file to a new project.


If you have an existing project that you'd like to update, click the "upload" icon from the project listing or click "Upload RP File" from the File + Settings page.


Tip: If you upload a file and are missing some pages, go to "Publish > Generate HTML Files" in Axure RP, select "Pages" in the left column of the dialog, and make sure the checkboxes next to those pages are checked.

AXURE SHARE GENERATED PROTOTYPE

Click on the project's name or URL to view the prototype.


In the Pages tab of the sidebar, click the Get Links icon (second from the right) to get the link for that page, with or without the sidebar. Copy the link to share the prototype with others.


In general, links that show the sitemap look like <http://######.axshare.com/#p=pagename> and links for pages without the sitemap look like <http://######.axshare.com/pagename.html>. Links with the sitemap hidden look like <http://####.axshare.com/#p=pagename&c=1>. You can turn the sitemap on and off by changing the link.

DISCUSSIONS

Discussions enable viewers to create and respond to comments within the prototype. Comments can be added to each individual page and are available to anyone with access to the prototype. Members of the workspace containing the project can choose to receive email notifications when comments are added.

USING DISCUSSIONS

In the generated prototype, click on the Discuss tab to view the discussions. To add a topic for discussion, type your message and click Post. Click Reply to add a response to an existing post. Comments can also be edited and deleted.

SCREENSHOTS IN DISCUSSIONS

Screenshot can be captured when using Chrome or Firefox and require an browser plugin (below.)


While adding a topic or comment, you can click the camera icon to capture a screenshot. You can also use [CTRL] + [SHIFT] + [1] on PC or [CMD] + [SHIFT] + [1] on Mac.


Click and drag your mouse to select the area for the screenshot. It will be saved with your comment when you click "submit".


Clicking the screenshot thumbnail in the discussions opens a full-sized version.

INSTALLING THE SCREENSHOT BROWSER PLUGIN (FIREFOX, CHROME)

Screenshots can be viewed in any browser, but to add a screenshot, you'll need to use Chrome or Firefox with a browser extension. When you click the camera icon, you'll be prompted to install the plugin if it's not already installed.


Chrome Extension


Firefox Add-On

VIEWING DISCUSSIONS

Discussions can be viewed and edited on the Discussions page of a project. From the project list, hover over the gear icon and then click Discussions in the menu. The discussion topics for the project are listed including when and by whom the topic and the last comment was created. Click the issue description to see all the comments in that topic, you also have the option to edit, delete, or add a comment here.


You can also disable discussions from this page.

EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS

Set up notifications to get emails when new topics or comments are added to project discussions. Emails can be sent as soon as a comment is added or in a daily digest.

EMAIL NOTIFICATION SETTINGS

Click Notifications in the main menu to view your discussion notification settings. Click New Notification to add a subscription. You can choose to subscribe to "All Projects", a specific workspace, or a specific project. You can also choose to get an email as soon as topics and comments are added or in a daily digest.

PLUGINS

Plugins are used to add custom HTML or JavaScript to your Axure Share project at the end of the Head section of a page, at the end of the Body section of a page, or to a specific named Dynamic Panel. You can specify which pages should include the plugin.

ADDING PLUGINS

To add a plugin, select Plugins from the gear icon menu to go to a project's Plugins page. Then click New Plugin.


Give the plugin a name, priority, assign the location (end of the head, end of the body, or inside dynamic panels with name), add the code and click the Save and Continue button.


Next, select the pages to which you want to add the plugin. You can always return later to make changes.

EXAMPLES OF PLUGINS

Some example plugins to put at the end of the head include: Google Analytics, Kissmetrics, Mixpanel, BugHerd, and any code required for user testing tools. Examples for the end of the body include: Adwords retargeting tag and scripts to run other plugins. Examples for inside dynamic panels include: PayPal buttons, Facebook buttons, Twitter buttons, and HTML.

PRETTY URLS

Pretty URLs are used to set a default page for the project that displays when opening the URL, and the default page for a 404 error. The Pretty URLs tab is also used to set custom page titles, pretty URLs and meta description properties.

DEFAULT PAGE

You can select a root page which will open without a .html page name, as well as without a sitemap, when opening the project URL. To set this up, click the Assign button. The Assign Default Page dialog opens with the page names from your project in the dropdown list. Select the page for the default from the list and click the Set as Default button. If you later wish to choose a different page to set as the default, click the Clear button and assign a new page. To get the sitemap to show, add /start.html#p= or /index.html#p= to the end of the URL.

CUSTOM 404 PAGE

The custom 404 page will display if a users reaches a URL which is not in your sitemap. Assign a custom 404 page by clicking the Assign button, selecting the page from the dropdown list and clicking the Set as 404 button. If you later wish to choose a different page to set as the 404 page, click the Clear button and assign a new page.

One page or multiple pages can be edited at a time. Click edit at the end of the page name line to edit just that page. Click Edit All at the top of the page listing to edit all or multiple pages. When you are done editing, click save.


Custom Page Title: Type in your custom page title. For SEO purposes, we suggest using keywords at the beginning of the page title and your business name at the end.


Pretty URL: Type in the URL, include the folder structure as appropriate.


Meta Description: Type in the meta description. Keep in mind this is the text description that shows in search results. This should be a summary of what the page is about. Make sure to include relevant keywords.

REDIRECTS

Redirects can be used to point old page URLs to new ones. For example, to make "home" go to "new-home", create a redirect with an Incoming URL of "home" and Redirect To "new-home". If you're not using pretty URLs, you can make "home.html" go to "new-home.html" similarly.

 

You can also make an entire path redirect to one page. For example, to make any page within the "my-section/" path redirect to the "my-new-section" page, create a redirect with an Incoming URL of "my-section/*" and Redirect To "my-new-section".

ADDING REDIRECTS

Click the New Redirect button to open the Add New Redirect dialog.


Incoming URL: Type in the incoming URL you want to redirect.


Redirect To: Type in the URL to redirect to.


Click the Add button and it will be added to the redirects listing.

DOMAINS

ADDING DOMAINS

1. POINT YOUR DOMAIN TO AXURE SHARE

Login to your domain registrar and go to the DNS Manager for the domain. Or if you are using a DNS service, login to that system. If you don't own the domain you'd like to use, you can purchase one from a domain registrar like GoDaddy or Network Solutions.


Create a CNAME entry for a subdomain that points to share.axure.com. You can use "www" as your subdomain or something like "share" or "clientname". If you use "www", keep in mind that the root domain ("yourdomain.com") will not point to Axure Share without redirecting it.


It typically takes minutes for this change to make its way around the internet, but in some cases it might take up to 48 hours.

2. ADD THE DOMAIN TO YOUR ACCOUNT

Add the domain to your account by clicking "New Domain".  Please keep in mind each domain can be owned by only one Axure Share account.


Once the domain has been submitted and the CNAME entry has taken effect (minutes to hours), the domain will point to the project that it is assigned to. To assign a domain to a project, click on the project on the Projects page and select "Assign Domain".


We will continually try to verify the domain and CNAME for 48 hours. If we're not able to verify within that time, you will need to add it again.

UNBLOCK SEARCH ENGINES

By default, Axure Share tells Google and other search engines not to index the HTML pages. When you unblock a domain, the project assigned to that domain will be regenerated so it can be indexed and the links can be crawled by the search engines. There is no charge to unblock a domain, but an Axure ad will be displayed on the HTML pages.

TRANSFER OWNERSHIP

You also have the option to transfer the domain to another Axure Share user. Click transfer, then enter their email address and click the Transfer button.

BRANDING

To give your clients a branded experience that they are comfortable with, you can customize the password page for your projects. If you have assigned a custom domain to your account, browsing to the domain will redirect to share.axure.com. If you upload a custom Axure Share login page, your domain will show that branded login page.

CUSTOMIZE YOUR PASSWORD PAGE

1. DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE FILE

To customize your password page, download the template AxSharePrototypePasswordPage_v8.rp file.

2. CUSTOMIZE PASSWORD PAGE

Open the template file and make your changes. Add new widgets, style the form or change the page background. Feel free to make changes, but avoid deleting template widgets with labels or changing the labels.

3. UPLOAD YOUR CUSTOM PASSWORD PAGE

Once you have saved your file, upload it by clicking the Upload button on the branding page to publish it.

CUSTOMIZE YOUR AXURE SHARE LOGIN PAGE

1. DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE FILE

To customize your login page, download the template AxShareLoginPage_v8.rp file.

2. CUSTOMIZE AXURE SHARE LOGIN PAGE

Open the template file and make your changes but avoid deleting template widgets with labels or changing the labels.

3. UPLOAD YOUR CUSTOM LOGIN PAGE

Once you have saved your file, upload it by clicking the Upload button on the branding page to publish it. Note that you need to have assigned a custom domain to your account to be able to use a custom login page.

MORE RESOURCES

TEAM PROJECTS

If the project you wish to create and host on Axure Share is a team project, learn how to do so in this reference guide.