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The Pods component allows you to insert and customize a row (or multiple rows) of content components, each taking up equal width within the row. You can have one to eight components on each row.

Sub-component types 

You can add many different sub-components within a single pod. Select each sub-component to learn more about what they do. Available sub-components for pods include:

Add a pod with sub-components

To add a Pod component to a content page, you must:

  1. Navigate to the page you would like to add the pod to
  2. Select the 'Add content' button under the 'Main content' field within the page's 'Content' tab. This will open the "Add content' slide-out panel
  3. From here, select the 'Pods' component. This will open the 'Pods' slide-out panel
  4. Select the 'Add content' button to add a pod sub-component
  5. After choosing a pod sub-component, you'll be brought to that item's slide-out panel where you can customize the details.
  6. Select 'Create' when you are finished customizing the sub-component within your pod
  7. Repeat steps 4 to 6 to add the remaining sub-components to your pod
  8. Select 'Submit' when you have finished adding and customizing your pod's sub-components

Visit your chosen sub-component's page in the Learning Centre to learn more about adding details for that specific component.

Pod settings

You can adjust the look and style of your pod using the 'Pods' slide-out panel 'Settings' tab. Review each of the pod settings to learn more.

In the 'Name' field you can give a unique name to the Pods component. This will make it easier to differentiate between pods if you have multiple Pods components on the same page. 

When working in the back office you'll see a list of all components on a page and the names will help differentiate between similar components.

Select the number of items per row you would like to have for your pod.

If you have more sub-components included in your pod than the number of items you've selected per row, the pod's sub-components will continue to the next row on your page. If you don't have as many sub-components in your pod as the number of items you've selected per row, the pod will leave the empty items' spaces blank within that row on your page.

Select the "Remove item spacing' toggle to remove the spacing between the sub-components within your pod.

Select 'Enable random order' to have the sub-components in your pod appear in a random order each time a user loads the page.

Select the 'Enable carousel' toggle if you would like to add a rotating carousel effect to your pod items, with added dots and/or arrows that allow users to scroll between items.

You can customize the content colours of the pod using the colours that are part of your website design. Depending on your website design, you can add a coloured background behind the pod to create a hot spot on the page. 

Colour options

The colour options are based on the design of your website. You may be able to change the design colours depending on your Govstack plan. To get access to the website design features, speak with your GHD Digital Account Executive.

A pod allows you to add a background image behind the content you are inserting. Make sure the image does not interfere with the readability of the content and that your content's colour contrast is appropriate with the colour(s) of your chosen image so that users can read any text in the Pod.

To insert a 'Background image', follow these steps:

  1. In the 'Background image' field, select the square box, which will bring up a slide-out menu of the media available in your Govstack CMS.
  2. Search the image's file name in the search bar, select the image and click 'Select'. To search within your available folders, select the written name of the folder to view its contents. Avoid selecting the image of the folder itself, as that will not open your folder.
  3. Choose the image you would like to use, then click 'Select'
  4. Your image is ready to be set as the background image. To edit your image's size and positioning, select the pencil icon of the image you just selected. In the new slide-out menu, you can position, crop and zoom the image for your component by clicking and dragging the image in the editor box. Click and drag the slider bar to zoom your image in and out. 
  5. Select 'Reset crop' to reset the crop back to its original display and select 'Undo edits' to undo the progress you made with your chosen image.
  6. You may also re-name your background image in the text field at the top of the page.
  7. Add alternative text to the image in the 'Alternative text' field below the picture's dimensions near the bottom of the editing page.
  8. Select 'Done' when you are happy with your image.

With 'Background image options', you can position the background image for your pod. Explore the various options:

  • The 'Cover' option positions your full image to cover the entire component
  • The 'Full-Width' option positions your entire image to be displayed behind your component from one horizontal end of the image to the other
  • The 'Auto' option allows the CMS to choose for itself the best positioning for the image. This may involve zooming in or out of the image, or repeating the image
  • The "Repeat' option positions your image so it repeats both horizontally and vertically behind the component
  • The 'Repeat Horizontal' option positions your image so it repeats across the component horizontally if the image is small enough
  • The 'Repeat Vertical' option positions your image so it repeats vertically across the component if the image is small enough

You can also manually position your image to the centre, far corners, left, right, top and bottom of the component by selecting the centre or arrow icons next to the positioning options. This will either position your single image to the direction you choose under your component, or position the area of the component that the image will be repeated.

Select your image option again to de-select the option if it is already highlighted.

If you have chosen a 'Full' page layout, you can choose where on the page your pod is placed by selecting one of the following width options:

  • The 'Centre' option positions your content directly in the centre of your page, with white space bordering the left and right
  • The 'Wide' option positions your content to be aligned under the page's title, and stretching across more of the page horizontally, still leaving white space to the left of the content and to the right
  • The 'Full' option positions your content across the entirety of the page, leaving no white space to the left or right of your content

Select the width option again if it is already selected to de-select the option.

You can add animation to the pod by selecting the 'Animate' toggle. Once the 'Animate' toggle is selected, you'll have the option to customize the:

  • Animation style
  • Animation delay (seconds)
  • Animation duration (seconds)

Animation style

From the 'Animation style' dropdown menu, select the type of animation you'd like to add to the pod. There are a variety of different animation options in the following categories:

  • Attention Seekers
  • Bouncing Entrances
  • Fading Entrances
  • Flippers
  • Light Speed
  • Rotating Entrances
  • Sliding Entrances
  • Zoom Entrances
  • Specials

We recommend testing out a variety of animation styles to select the one you like the most. 

Please note

Animation styles can cause accessibility issues for some users visiting your website. For example, some users may experience motion sickness when viewing animated elements on your website.

Animation delay

Using the 'Animation delay' slider, select the time in seconds that you'd like to delay the animation. 

Animation duration

You can select how long you'd like the animation to last on the pod by using the 'Animation duration' slider. Select the number of seconds you'd like the animation to continue on the public website. 

You can allow users to link right to this specific component of the page with a unique URL created using the 'Anchor name' setting. 

To create this unique URL, insert the text you would like to add to the end of the page URL in the 'Anchor name' field. Typically, this is the topic or heading name of your component. Any spaces in your 'Anchor name' will be converted to an underscore.

In the 'Custom classes' field, you can add any custom CSS classes you may have. Custom CSS classes can be found in the Design node under the 'CSS' tab in the back office of Govstack. 

Please note

Depending on your Govstack plan, you may not be able to access the Design node in the back office. If you'd like to be able to add custom CSS and get access to the website design, contact your GHD Digital Account Executive. 

You can select additional styles for the Pods component, including:

  • Spacing
  • Visibility
  • Design


You can remove the spacing around the pod by selecting one of the following options:

  • Remove spacing
  • Remove spacing top only
  • Remove spacing bottom only


To customize the visibility of the pod, select one of the following options:

  • Hide on all screens
  • Hide on extra small screens
  • Hide on small screens
  • Hide on medium screens
  • Hide on large screens
  • Hide on extra large screens


Select one of the following options if you'd like to customize the design of the Pods component:

  • Show shadows - this will add a shadow effect to the windows
  • Sticky - the data list will stay on the screen even as users scroll down the page

By selecting the 'Hide from website' toggle, you can choose to hide the pod from all users viewing your web page. The component will still be available in the back office of your website and can be identified as hidden by a greyed out look with an icon of an eye with a cross through it.

Select the toggle again to have the component re-appear on the page for all website viewers.

Preview and publish changes

Once you've added a pod to your page, make sure to preview and publish the page to complete the process. 

Using buttons with Pod components

When you add a button to a Pod component, it turns the entire pod into a clickable button link on the page. Because of this, adding a hyperlink to a text component or other text area within the pod will break its html structure and may change its appearance and/or behaviour on the page. If you want to link to an internal or external webpage or document from a pod, only use one of these options.