Views help you see your data in the way that works for you. Unlike spreadsheets, you can have multiple views at once, set up for yourself or different teams - so everyone can quickly see the data that matters.
In Beacon there are two kinds of view:
- List - a spreadsheet-like table
- Pipeline - records grouped into columns (sometimes called "kanban")
link List views
List views are the most common kind of view in Beacon. When you view any kind of records list, the default list will show all of your records in a list format:
You can choose which columns to show by clicking the columns icon in the top right of the list, next to the search icon:
It's also possible to customize the order that columns show in by drag and dropping columns:
link Pipeline views
Pipeline views help you view your data in a set of columns, based on a dropdown field. This is particularly useful for managing data where records move through a series of steps - the progress of grants, high value donations, or volunteer onboarding.
You can easily move records along a pipeline by click and dragging them to the new stage:
You can also re-order the columns by click and dragging them. (If you're an admin)
Creating a view
- Click the views dropdown on any list page:
- Click Create a view
- Name your view. If you'd like to create a pipeline view, change the type to Pipeline and pick a dropdown field to use for the columns. (Each dropdown option will appear as a separate column)
(Optional) If you'd like to only show a filtered list of records in your view, click the filters icon, and assign some filters to your new view. You can save them by clicking the Save View button under your filters.
link Saving filters to views
One of the most useful features of views is the ability to assign filters to them. This lets you see the data that matters to you in the view - and no more.
A common use case for this might be to only show volunteers in the list, so you can move the volunteers through the onboarding flow without seeing any of the non-volunteer contacts.
You can save filters to a view or create a new view by clicking the Save View button at the bottom of the filter drawer: