Content Snippets for Repeatable Content
by Bradley Nice, Content Manager at ClickHelp — all-in-one help authoring tool
Snippets are a great way to update your content without spending a lot of time on research or rewriting. These operative units help you create a series of short, easy-to-read articles that share common steps, instructions, or warnings.
Update the source — everything gets updated. This is how the snippet works.
Since snippets are based on pre-existing content, you can update them as needed without having to worry about maintaining a blog or website. All you need to do is add the snippet to your content, which will automatically update when the source is updated. This is a handy feature for technical writing. Snippets are great for repeatable and updated content; such content is the case with technical documentation.
If you’re looking for a way to add repeatable content to your online documentation or blog, look no further than content snippets. Snippets are small pieces of content that can be inserted into your pages and then updated as needed. This way, you can add new information to your pages without having to worry about creating a brand new article or post.
Snippets are also great for adding instructions or steps to a process. For example, if you’re giving a tutorial on how to do something, you can use snippets to break down the steps involved. They are easy to use and update and can be used for manuals, warnings, and more. This will make it easier for your readers to follow along and understand what’s going on. And your manuals will always be up-to-date.
If you’re using snippets on your website, be sure to include a specific call-to-action (CTA) so that readers know what they should do next. For example, you might want them to download a free guide or sign up for your email list. Whatever the case may be, make sure your CTA is clear and easy to find.
To use a content snippet, simply copy and paste the code into your website or blog. You can then customize the text and images to fit your site. You can update your snippets with new content so they’re always relevant.
You can also use content snippets to change the source of your content. For example, if you have a blog post that you want to update, you can change the source of the content snippet to the new post. This way, you can keep your content fresh without having to rewrite everything from scratch.
Every tool for documentation creation has its peculiarities. A good help authoring tool has single-sourcing at your disposal. Take ClickHelp, for example, with its snippets, variables, conditional content, etc. Let’s see how to add snippets here:
- Open a ‘Single-Sourcing’ tab on the editor’s ribbon bar,
- Find the Snippet group and type the topic’s title or URL in the text field,
- Click ‘Insert Snippet’ and you have your snippet!
Be sure to save your changes before leaving the page.
Using content snippets, you can create content that is regularly updated and fits easily into your blog post or online documentation. This can help you create a more informative and user-friendly website or an online knowledge base while also helping to improve your SEO ranking and customer support.
Have a nice day!
Bradley Nice, Content Manager at ClickHelp.com — best online documentation tool for SaaS vendors