Creating your first Silk

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a basic Silk. We will show you how to create pages, and build two visualizations. Let’s start by creating a guide for restaurants in Madrid.

Create your Silk#

  • Sign up for Silk. You will be prompted to create a Silk after the sign up page.
  • If you have already signed up for Silk, you can create a Silk by clicking on the down arrow next to your Silk name (on the top left of the page) and clicking ‘Create new Silk’.
  • Type in the name of your new Silk and claim the Silk domain.
  • If you need inspiration, check out our home page where you’ll find Silks on many different topics.

Add a collection and datacards#

After you have created your Silk, you will be redirected to your dashboard. A pop up will prompt you for help along the way. You can choose to accept the help, or skip it. You will be able to complete this tutorial either way.

  1. Click ‘Manual entry’.
  2. Create your first collection. A collection is a place where related datacards are stored. Because our datacards are about Madrid restaurants, we named the collection ‘Restaurants’. Keep collection names short and make them descriptive.
  3. Create a few datacards to go in your collection. Click the ‘+’ sign on a blank card and add a title. In this case, we used the names of the restaurants.

Add facts to your datacards#

  1. Click on one of the datacards you just added.
  2. On the datacard, look for your fact sheet. It’s located under ‘Collections’ (this is always the first row in your fact sheet).
  3. Add a few facts to your data card with the ‘New fact’ button. Facts consist of a tag and a value. A tag is like a category or group and sits on the left side of the fact sheet. The value is the actual information such as text or a number and sits on the right side of the fact sheet.

Add a few more facts to your datacard with the ‘New fact’ button. We added the tags Address, Description and Reservation on the left and added values for those tags on the right.

Then, add another data card to your collection, and add the same tags with different fact values for the new card. Using same tags across all your data cards lets you take full advantage of Silk’s ability to filter, organize and visualization your content.

We added a *Description*, *Address*, and *Reservation* fact to each
restaurant datacard.

Creating visualizations#

You can now create visualizations based on the facts you just entered. Your Silk’s home page is a good place to publish those visualizations.

  1. Click on the ‘Explore’ tab, and pick one of the visualizations.
  2. Customize the visualization to your liking with the pickers on top.
  3. Use the green ‘Publish this visualization’ button to publish the visualization on your home page.

We saved a map with the restaurants to our home page. Then, we repeated the process to put an image grid with facts about each restaurant on the home page.

Add other content to your home page#

You can also add other media—video, images, text, audio clips, links to files, and Twitter embeds—anywhere on your home page.

  • Click ‘Edit home page’. Then click any ‘+’ icon
  • Choose a text, image, or media block to add any of those elements. (See the Add content to pages help article for more information). You can add several per page. You can even add live Twitter streams or YouTube and Vimeo video players.
  • You can also build visualizations by using the ‘+’ icon and then selecting visualizations. This also allows you to paste visualizations from your clipboard to any page on your Silk.
  • Customize the layout of your Silk by dragging and dropping any of the visualizations, image, text blocks, or media widgets to the desired location.

Spread the word and invite people to collaborate#

Awesome! Your Silk is live, so spread the word!

  • Click the ‘Share’ button located in the upper right corner of your Silk. This will let you share a page, a whole Silk or a visualization, depending on what part of Silk you are in. Use the share menu to generate an embed code, post to social networks, or share via email.
  • To invite others to become Silk editors, click the invite icon directly under the Silk logo, in the upper right corner of your Silk.
  • People with a Silk account can also get a daily or weekly digest of changes made to Silk by clicking the ‘Follow’ button on top of any page.