Here on the WSOL blog, we regularly write about the value that digital marketers and website owners can get from HubSpot, whether they are using its marketing automation capabilities or hosting their entire website through the HubSpot Website Platform. But as helpful as HubSpot’s tools are, when you have a web developer on your side, you can make them even more powerful. Today, we wanted to look at how HubSpot’s custom modules can improve your content creation process.
What Are Custom Modules?
With custom modules, you can create any type of content and add it to your HubSpot templates (including templates for website pages, blogs, landing pages, and emails) through HubSpot’s drag and drop interface. While HubSpot does provide a number of standard modules, the functionality of these modules is limited to what HubSpot has already defined. With custom modules, you are able to write your own code and make them do whatever you like.
Types of Custom Modules
Custom modules can take any form, from basic text entry fields to code snippets that interact with other systems. Here are a few examples of the types of functionality that can be added to HubSpot through custom modules:
- Twitter widgets – Include a feed from Twitter that displays the most recent tweets from a particular account or hashtag.
- Pinned posts – Select specific blog posts that you would like to have “pinned” to your blog’s sidebar.
- Product listing – Display featured products from your online store.
- Databases – Display or interact with data stored in HubSpot’s HubDB database tool.
Why Custom Modules?
HubSpot’s standard modules can be helpful, but they offer “cookie cutter” functionality, limiting you to the settings that they have specified. When you create custom modules, you have the power to build whatever functionality you like and display it in the manner that best fits your site. These modules can range from small content blocks like calls to action (CTAs) to completely new custom functionality.
We’ve found that one of the key benefits of custom modules is the ability to create structured content. For many website content authors and editors, a standard WYSIWYG rich text content editor has too many options, and they have trouble entering content into the blank slate that it provides and formatting it consistently across their site. That’s where structured content is helpful. Developers can create a form in which content editors simply enter text into the necessary fields, and it will be automatically formatted when it is published.
For example, we created a portfolio module for one client that allows them to display images of their work along with text descriptions. They simply choose the image(s) they want to show and fill out text fields for the page title, description, and image captions, and all of the formatting for the page is taken care of automatically. This allows content editors to create this type of content and ensure that it looks consistent across their site without the need to know HTML code.
When it comes to creating custom HubSpot modules, the possibilities are endless. If you want to know more about how WSOL’s developers can help you build custom functionality into your site and make the process of creating and managing content easier, please contact us. Do you have any custom modules that you use, or any ideas for modules that you would like to implement? Please let us now about them in the comments below!
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