Getting Started: So you want to start a database?

Overview

Welcome to the wonderful world of Zengine. This guide is intended to aid you setting up your first workspace in Zengine.

Joining or Gaining Access to Zengine

You can join by either by signing up for a Zengine account and creating a workspace or by receiving an invitation from someone in the workspace already!

Signing Up

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Go to the URL zenginehq.com
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When you click the login button in the top right corner, a drop-down selection will appear. Choose “Zengine for business apps”
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Click the “Create an Account” button at the bottom of the page.
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Input your email and create a password.
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Afterwards, you will be taken to a page that displays a variety of pre-configured templates that are ready to use. If you prefer to create your own workspaces, click the "Custom Workspace" at the bottom right corner of the page. For training purposes, the steps in this guide will reflect using the Custom Workspace option.
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Name your workspace! Typically, something creative that will identify your workspace from others you may create.
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Create and name your first form.Name Form.jpg
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You will be taken to the editing view of your form. You can develop your form further by dragging and dropping the input fields that are on the left of the screen.Edit View.jpg

Receiving an Invitation

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Accept Invitation
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Login or Sign Up:
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Find and Enter Appropriate Workspace:
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Discovering Zengine

Welcome to Zengine - we’re glad you’ve decided to join us!  Zengine was designed to help simplify your processes and organizational procedures and it doesn’t require any or much coding experience. This guide will highlight the basic features and layout of our platform. 

Homepage View

Displays all  workspaces in which you are a member. At the top of the screen, there’s a blue navigation bar that houses the Activity, Task, and Calendar tabs on the left side of the screen and the MarketplaceProfile, and Help tabs on the right side of the screen.

  • Activity: Displays all changes or updates, and by whom, made to individual workspaces.
  • Task: Displays tasks from each workspace in which you are a member, or depending on the workspace that you’ve entered.
  • Calendar: Displays events and tasks.
  • Profile: Location of the Sign-out button and Access to User Account information.
    • My Account: Users are able to change passwords, the timezone, display name or username
  • Marketplace: Directs user to the plugin marketplace. It will display all plugin available to be installed, based on the subscription level of account or user.

Tip: Easiest method to return to the homepage is by clicking the Zengine logo on the right side of the screen.

Data View

Once you’ve entered a workspace, you will be brought to the  data view of that workspace. Additional icons will appear to the left of the Activity, Tasks, and Calendar icons. The data from a particular form will be displayed below in a table.

Filter: Allows users to view particular forms based on the condition set.

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Groups: Presents the data in categories by dragging and dropping a column header into the space with a dotted rectangle.

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Columns: Corresponds with the fields of the form, i.e., Organization name, etc.

Row: Represents an individual entry.   

Navigation Bar (with Plugins!): The navigation bar at the top will display majority, if not all, of the plugins installed in a given workspace.

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TIP! If you’ve installed a plugin and it’s not displayed in the navigation bar, you can find it by clicking the “gear” icon in the top right corner.

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Workspace Settings

  • General:  Location of the workspace name, image/logo, and workspace ID
  • Forms: Locations of all of the forms within a particular workspace. A user is also able to add or create a new form this view.
  • My Notifications: Allows the user to enable or disable the notification alerts for all activity in a workspace.
  • Permissions: Allow owners or administrators to edit the role and access of limited members.

Plugin Settings: Displays all of the plugins that are currently installed to a workspace. Users are able to view and edit the configuration of individual plugins by clicking on the icon.

Creating a Form

  1. Enter the Workspace Setting by clicking the gear icon in the top-right-corner.
  2. Enter the Forms portal
  3. Click “Add Forms” button and select the method you’d like to use.

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Form Builder

You can develop your form further by dragging and dropping the input fields that are on the left of the screen. Edit View.jpg

Importing Data

You may also create a form via importing the data from an external source; however, the document must be saved as a .CSV file.

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