Setup Quick-Guide

This guide assumes that you have already followed our self-hosting guide to install (Self-Hosted) or received your domain from us (Hosted); as well as that you will have an admin or super admin user role.

    We'd highly recommend reading over our Welcome and Your Hudu Environment article before proceeding.


Quick-Guide to Setup

This section will cover the main steps to getting a base for your Hudu environment; please note that this is just one way of starting your configuration of Hudu - we offer numerous integrations with other products that may be more beneficial to configure first, depending on your circumstances.
1.  Create an account and input the license key.
  • Keys can be obtained by submitting a ticket to our support team at here.
  • License keys can be updated from your Hudu admin area >> License Key section.
2.  Invite your team!
  • From your Hudu admin area >> Users tab, you can invite as many team members as you'd like, but remember this will add to your licensed user count (if you're on a paid version).

    For additional information, visit User Management.

  • If you'd like to restrict what information invited users can access upon logging in, you'll need to create security groups!

    Visit Groups/Restrictions for more information.

3.  Choose how you'd like to structure your documentation.
  • Hudu stores related information within spaces; these spaces could be labeled clients, divisions, locations, schools, etc. This is your highest level of organization, and changes are functionally cosmetic.
  • Changes can be made from your Hudu admin area >> General tab; under 'documentation is structured by'.

    We'll use clients for the purposes of this guide.

4.  Create client spaces within your Hudu environment.
  • By navigating to the Clients tab on your Hudu Toolbar; you'll be able to access the list of all created clients within your environment.
  • Click ((+ New client)) in the top right corner of this page to create a new client, and populate the clients' information.
    • Remember, these could be divisions, locations, schools, etc., information; depending on how you chose to structure your documentation.
  • Click ((Create client)) at bottom of the page before navigating away to save your addition.
  • You've now created a single client space. Clicking on this client will bring up features and tools specific to this client.
5.  Create asset layouts within Hudu.
  • Asset layouts serve as custom categories to store information inside of Hudu.
    • Asset layouts only need to be created and populated with fields once; they are cross-client, meaning you'll have the same fields regardless of the client space you're within.
  • Navigate to your Hudu admin area >> Asset Layouts; here you'll be able to access the list of all created asset layouts within your environment.
  • Click ((+ New Asset Layout)).
    • You can choose to create an asset layout from scratch or choose to start from one of our pre-built templates (either way, asset layouts can be further customized).
  • Click into your just-created asset layout to update the name and icon, and choose which fields you'd like to populate the category with.
    • Ensure that this asset layout is activated; so that it's available to be populated.

    Visit Asset Layouts for additional information!

6.  Populate asset layouts with asset information.
  • In order to actually populate these 'categories' or asset layouts that you've just created, we'll need to navigate inside of a client space.
  • Down at the bottom of the left-hand side menu, under 'Custom', you'll see all of your activated asset layouts.
    • If you do not see your active asset layouts, and you've ensured that they are active, click the show blank button at the bottom of the left-hand side menu.
  • Click into an asset layout that you'd like to populate and click ((+ New)).
    • From this window, you'll see all of the fields that you created previously. Populate all required fields and any additional fields of your choosing.
      • Fields not populated will not show up on the asset information page.

    Visit Assets for additional information!

7.  Utilize Hudu's core features.
  • Knowledge Base articles (global and client-specific) can be created to assist with documenting tutorials, setup instructions, and how-tos.
  • Processes serve as checklists to maintain standardized procedures and track workflow.
  • Our password manager assists in storing client asset credentials, for easy access.
  • Website tracking can be set up per client to assist with managing status, name expiration, and SSL cert expiration.
  • Expirations can be configured to track website statuses, as well as asset and KB article expiration dates.
8.  Relate things together!
  • Any piece of information stored within Hudu can be related to something else within Hudu; this could be data of the same type (i.e. assets with other assets); OR data of varying types (i.e. assets with relevant passwords; articles or processes).
  • By relating assets together, you'll be able to create an inter-connected web of data types; to make servicing assets as easy as possible for your technicians!

    For additional information, visit Relationships.


Still Confused?

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