Goal

After reading this article you'll:
  • understand what Websites (Browser channel) is
  • be able to create independent websites in URL and article-based formats
  • be able to use the internal search engine for body content

Summary

Websites is a dedicated channel that emulates an internet browser. In this familiar format, players are able to search for information and browse different websites organized by tabs. 


 Name
Websites (a.k.a. Browser Channel)
 Benefit
Reproduce an online ecosystem based on websites from a secure and protected environment for training.
 Features
  • Add your different websites in the style tool with their own headers (article websites)
  • Create your posts individually for each website, with text, images and videos
  • Old posts are automatically added to a featured section in the right-hand column
  • Real websites can also be added to published as URLs and browsed to increase realism


Websites in the Virtual Desktop

In the Websites channel, players can access your own customized websites. They will look as realistic as you want. This is an example of an article-based website inspired in The Guardian newspaper in the Virtual Desktop. You can also see how different websites are organized in tabs.




You can change the icon or name of the channel in the Scenario Editor, in Style > Virtual Desktop > Websites / News


 


Website types

There are two types of websites you can add to your scenario:
- URL-based websites
- Article-based websites

a. URL-based websites

These websites use a working URL that gets embedded on the Websites channel. These are useful for highly customized websites that you have created in a website builder (such as Mobirise) or real websites that you can find a real browser (i.e. https://www.conducttr.com)


 1. Create a new persona or select an existing one.

2. Mark as Organization.

3. Go to Website section from the list of available channels. 

4. Set up switch to Use URL
 
5. Click on Add website (Change website if you had a previous one)

6. In the Manage media window, click Add

7. Click on From URL and type your desired destination.

8. Hit Save.
 
9. To publish a new URL website during your exercise, in the Scenario Editor go to Design > MEL view

10. Click on +Add (bottom left corner)

11. Select your persona and the website channel

12. Decide if you want to publish your default website or a changed website (for example, a hacked version of the same website).
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b. Article-based websites

These websites create a blog-style framework, where you will be able to publish different articles during your exercise so they are all displayed in a familiar format. This is particularly useful for News organizations. 


 1. Create a new persona or select an existing one.

2. Mark as Organization.

3. Go to Website section from the list of available channels. 

4. Set up switch to Use Article type

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5. Click on Style (pencil icon)

6. Customize header, fonts and colours to make it look like your desired website. Alternatively, you can import from a News style file with a.txws extension (check some examples in Ventura)

7. Hit the Back arrow in the top left corner. 


8. To publish a new article during your exercise, in the Scenario Editor go to Design > MEL view

9. Click on +Add (bottom left corner)

10. Select your persona and the website channel.

11. Add Title, Subtitle, Body and images or video for the new article.
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Website visibility 


In the Scenario Editor, you can select websites visibility. Go to Style > Customize channels > Websites



- Show websites: New articles will be published and visible depending on your configuration in your Master Event List.

- Hide websites: New articles will not be visible when published, players will need to find them using search terms in the Search engine (see below). 



Website search


Players can search for terms on shown or hidden websites.

If Search Engine is enabled in your Conducttr license, players will be able to access it by clicking the channel in their Virtual desktop.

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- In article-based websites, players can search for any term used in Title, Subtitle or Body in any new article.

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- In URL-based websites, players can search for content written in the Body field in each content card for a new website in the Scenario Editor. These terms won't be shown on the website when published, but are used to help players find specific websites according to their search terms.

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