BEST PRACTICES

Need to Knows

  • The settings in the right-hand panel changes based on what you click on: your room name in the room list, your workspace name, or an element in your room.

  • A single ohyay workspace can currently hold up to 500 guests at once. If you're hosting more than 500 guests, you can spread them out across multiple "overflow" workspaces. Reach out to us at [email protected] for help with setting up this kind of space.

  • In an ohyay room, we don't recommend having more than 20 people on screen at the same time. In general, the fewer people you have on screen at the same time, the smoother the experience will be. You can use AUDIENCE MODE if you'd like to build an auditorium that rotates people on and off screen.

  • When searching for properties, use the Search Settings bar at the very top of the right-hand settings panel.
  • Share your VANITY URL or simply the default URL at the top of ohyay studio to send guests to the first room in a workspace which is typically a welcome/landing room.

  • Click on Room > Import Room to import an ohyay room created by our team or by our community of creators. See IMPORTING ROOMS.


Nice to Knows

  • In ohyay, you have the ability to lock elements by checking the box next to Locked in the Element section of the element's settings. With elements like screen share elements, it make sense to lock them so that you won't accidentally move them. See LOCKED.
  • Name all of your elements in your room to stay organized, especially when configuring an ACTION BUTTON. See RENAMING.

  • Click on Help in the menu > Search Docs… and search for the topic in our documentation that you’re looking for. Let us know if nothing comes up in your query and we will add a doc for you.

  • The yellow settings in the property panel are the settings that have been changed. You can learn ohyay quickly by IMPORTING ROOMS from the gallery, clicking on elements, and looking for the settings that have been edited.

  • Hover over any of the yellow (changed) properties and click on the X to reset them to the default value.
  • We recommend giving DIRECTOR-ONLY ADMIN access to collaborators who will help run your event but don't need access to the backend.
  • To clear the invisible elements that you are not working on in complex, layered rooms, toggle the visibility of elements in the canvas that are set to Visible = False by clicking the eye with a slash icon in the toolbar.
  • To transfer visual properties from one element to the next, you can click on an element, click on the paint roller icon at the top of your screen, and click on the element you want to transfer properties to.
  • An easy way to view all elements in a room is through the elements list. To open this up, click the arrow icon on the left side of the title of a room in the Room List.
  • Toggle between Alphabetical or Z-Index listing order by click the A-Z Icon or the 0-1 icon on the left side of the room title. You can easily change the Z-Index of an element by dragging and dropping elements to a different section of the list.
  • Click on an action in an element's settings and simply drag it into your Notes and Controls panel to automatically create an action button. For example, below, you would click on Clone in the right-hand properties panel and drag it into Notes and Controls.
  • Be sure that multiple Action Buttons that are overlapped are not on the same Z-Index.

Participant Elements

  • If you're building a room that's meant for conversation, make sure that the MAX PARTICIPANTS in your room matches the number of participant video elements you have on screen.

  • If you'd like to make it easy for guests to come on screen during a panel, class, or another big event, change the join mode of the participant element to "click-to-join." Here is a great example of a panel room with a click-to-join slot. See JOIN MODES (AUTO, CLICK, MANUAL).

  • Click on a participant video element and hold down "D" on your keyboard to distort it.

User Management

  • It's best to keep user TAGS all lowercase, without special characters (e.g. accents). Keep in mind that your guests can have multiple tags (e.g. admin, current_user, team_5).

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