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Sharing data with clients and internal teams

Octoboard helps you access and visualize your cloud data, generate reports and share insights with internal teams and clients.

Data sharing is very easy with Octoboard. Once data is collected and presented in dashboards or reports, you can use a number of ways to distribute information and provide public access.

This article covers the following options for data sharing: Public Dashboards for online displays, Dashboard TV Loops for office TV screens, Dashboard Embedding for building custom client portals, White Label Subdomain Hosting for providing white label login access to online dashboards, Scheduled report generation for distributing PDF reports by email to clients and internal teams.

Client portals using white label subdomains

You can create dashboards and reports and use them to build client portals on your own website. With Octoboard you can create login page on a subdomain of your website, for example: client-portal.yourwebsite.com. All references to Octoboard will be removed. Clients will experience seamless transition from your site to Octoboard-powered subdomains with white label logins.

White label subdomains is a free add-on feature available in all premium Octoboard accounts. Subdomain is configured in the main organisation and is only done once. There is no need to configure subdomain for every client. All clients will be invited to login at the same subdomain address that you will specify. To configure this feature, please go to your main organisation (top client in the list) and click on "White Label" tab. Follow these 3 steps to enable it:

STEP 1: Create a ‘CNAME’ DNS record using your Custom Domain and point it to ‘app.octoboard.com’ or 'agency.octoboard.com'

There is a number of Youtube tutorials that show how to configure CNAME. Check that your CNAME configuration is working by visiting this link: https://dnschecker.org/#CNAME

STEP 2. Wait for the DNS changes to propagate and use dnschecker.org to verify it.

Make sure that dnschecker.org shows that your subdomain is pointing to either app.octoboard.com or agency.octoboard.com before proceeding to STEP 3. Octoboard has no control over CNAME configuration of your domain.

STEP 3. Wait and check that your new subdomain shows Octoboard application login.

Initially you will see the following message: No application registered for host 'subdomain.yourdomain.com'. This is normal. Octoboard platform will create a SSL certificate for your new domain. The process is automatic but it may take up to 24 hours.

If you want to send a link to your portal in a different language, use "lang" parameter at the end of the url when sharing the link. For example, https://client-portal.yourwebsite.com?lang=es will show your portal in Spanish. Available languages are: English (en), Spanish (es), Portuguese (pt), Italian (it), German (de), Dutch (nl), Russian (ru) and French (fr).

Inviting new users to Octoboard

ADMIN of a client can invite more users to view or manage dashboards and reports for that client. To invite a new user, go to “Top Right Menu > Manage Clients > Members Tab”.

Specify user email address and click “SEND INVITATION” button.

The new user will receive an email inviting him to the Octoboard client. The new user will be prompted for new password. When the user accesses Octoboard he will only see dashboards and reports of the client(s) or user group(s) that he was invited to.

You can always set appropriate role for the new user - ADMIN, EXPERT or VIEWER - in order to control what the new user can do in Octoboard. Roles can be changed at any stage later by the administrator of the client or user group.

For more details about managing users, visit Multiple clients, users, app logins tutorial

Public dashboards

You can create dashboards in Octoboard by using any of our 100+ ready-made templates or by creating new custom dashboard from scratch. Any created dashboard is private by default. Private dashboards are only visible within Octoboard application. However, you can make any private dashboard public by using “PUBLIC” switch.

The switch is found in the header of the main screen.

When you toggle the switch, current dashboard becomes public. A unique URL is generated and copied to clipboard.

You can send generated public URL link to any person. Anyone with the link will be able to see that dashboard without logging into Octoboard.

Public dashboard data will keep updating automatically. Any data changes will be reflected simultaneously for all viewers with the link.

You can make the dashboard private again. When public dashboard is made private, all previously generated public links will stop working and a notification message will be shown to all users who try to access them.

Dashboard TV Loops

Dashboard TV Loops are a great way to show a number of dashboards one after another on the same screen. A TV Loop is very similar to a slideshow. You can group dashboards and set delays in seconds for “the slideshow” screen change. TV Loops are designed for office TV screen displays and are used to show several relevant dashboards to internal teams of an organization. For example, a group of “Sales Dashboards” created using QuickBooks data can be grouped into a TV Loop for a TV display hanging on the Sales Department’s office wall.

How to create Office TV Loops


TV Management panel will be displayed. These are the main configuration options:

Loop name - new loop name

Loop URL link - public TV Loop URL link that you can copy to clipboard and share with clients

Dashboards - list of dashboards that make up TV Loop. Add dashboards and define display sequence.

Seconds per dashboards - set delay in seconds for each dashboard display

Make this loop public - make loop public and protect it with a PIN

Once you have defined a TV Loop, you can use generated URLs to share it with internal teams and clients. Dashboards will keep updating and rotating using delay that you set in seconds.

Please note that the feature will not work well on older TVs that have Horizontal resolution of less than 900 pixels (X-axis). To check your TV browser resolution, please visit this link: http://whatismyviewport.com/

Dashboard embedding

You can put client dashboards and reports on any page of your website by using dashboard embedding feature.

To setup embedding you should use an iFrame code generated by Octoboard and put it on any page of your website where you want to display client dashboards or reports. You can protect access to embedded dashboards easily by using a PIN security feature from Octoboard or implement your own login.

Embedded dashboards are fully white labeled - all references to Octoboard already removed. To your visitors and clients they will look like a neat feature of your website – a great looking data analytics technology. Octoboard will do all the heavy lifting on the background. All you need is generate iFrame code and put it on your website pages.

How to generate iFrame code for dashboard embedding

iFrame code is generated per Octoboard client. Go to LEFT MENU > CLIENTS > SELECT CLIENT > EMBEDDING TAB.

In embedding tab use the following configuration:

Access Type - specify the level of access you want to give to your clients. Viewer allows read-only access to dashboards, while Editor can modify dashboard configuration – change, remove, reposition widgets in dashboards.

Domain is an optional configuration. By specifying your domain, you will add security. It will guarantee that the generated iFrame code will only work when embedded in your website. Enter just the domain name, such as "yourdomain.com", without "https" or "http".

Secure access switch allows you to specify a 6-digit PIN code. Users can only see dashboards if they know and enter the PIN.

Once you have completed above actions you can copy the generated iFrame code to clipboard and paste it to your website html code.

iFrame code should be inserted anywhere in the part of the html page.

USEFUL TIP: before embedding the code to your website test is using this public page https://tinyurl.com/try-embed. Paste generated iFrame code there, click "RUN" button and check the results. Before testing, make sure you clear “Domain” field above.

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