Introduction to Virtual Staging
Virtual Staging makes it easy for you to work with, preview and approve content before it is published. With Virtual Staging you can easily create a staging environment that combines your published and unpublished content, so you can be sure you’re happy with the way your website will look before it’s live. It also makes it easy to support several teams working in parallel, with one team working on your production website, while another creates content for a forthcoming collection. At the same time your development team could use another environment to work on new ways of presenting your content.
With an Amplience virtual environment, assets are "pulled" from specified locations, either asset stores within Content Hub, or from the endpoint used for published assets. When a virtual environment is created, a set of rules specify where the assets should be retrieved from. This allows you to ensure your assets are always in sync between environments.
The information in this section applies to consuming assets using Virtual Staging with Content Hub assets and Dynamic Media, as well as providing an introduction to the main concepts. Virtual Staging also enables several features of Dynamic Content, including visualizations, content previews and custom cards. When using Dynamic Content, the VSE will be setup for you at the beginning of your project.
In this section
Creating a virtual staging environment. How to use the Account app to create a VSE. Also covers content selection rules and consuming content from a VSE.
Workflow using virtual staging. This includes some examples of how virtual staging can fit into your workflow.
Virtual staging security. How to setup a whitelist to restrict access to a VSE.
About Virtual Staging
We've designed Virtual Staging to be easy to set up, flexible and provide low friction integration, so it can work with your existing workflow and offer opportunities to make it more efficient. Virtual Staging works for content requested using a browser, as well for web and native apps and ecommerce integrations. Once a VSE is created, with an easy to set up series of rules and security settings, you can just consume content uploaded to specified asset stores. With a Virtual Staging Environment (VSE) you consume content using a generated URL that points to a staging environment, to which access is controlled, instead of the production URL.
Virtual Staging has been designed with security in mind, so you can decide who can view unreleased content. That’s useful if you’re working on content for an unreleased product and you want to protect it from unauthorised access until you’re ready to make it public. VSEs are also used for visualizations in the Dynamic Content app, to provide a preview of the way that content will be displayed in production.
For a quick introduction to Virtual Staging, watch the video below. The rest of this section will explain each of the features of Virtual Staging in more detail.
Video: Introducing Virtual Staging
In this section we'll explain how to set up a VSE, how to consume content and the security features that protect unauthorised content before it goes live. We'll also provide some examples of the kind of workflows that are possible using a VSE. To discuss how you can make use of Virtual Staging, please contact your Customer Success Manager.