Sometimes, you want to test out a digital signage software before investing time, energy, and money into a particular platform.
A great way to take Fugo for a drive without spending any money on a media player is to install our Chrome extension and sign up for a free trial so you can see how easy it is to manage and publish content with Fugo.
The Fugo Chrome player extension turns your laptop or PC into a convenient testing platform or simple signage display that requires no media players and no involved installation processes.
This guide will walk you through how to install the extension, set up a Fugo account, and publish your content.
Let’s get started!
How to set up Fugo on your Chrome Browser
1.Add the Fugo Chrome Extension player
1.1 Find the Fugo Digital Signage Player app in the Chrome Web Store.
1.2 Click the “Add to Chrome” button in the top right hand corner.
1.3 The Fugo extension icon will now appear in your toolbar.
1.4 Click the extension icon to launch the player in a new window.
1.5 Launching the player will automatically generate a PIN. We’ll cover where to enter this PIN in the next section.
2. Set up your Fugo account
2.1 If you have not already registered on Fugo CMS, go to http://fugo.ai/app to start your 14-day free trial.
2.2 After successfully logging in, you can click “Add Screens” on the welcome page. Alternatively, you can navigate to the “Screens” page in the top navigation bar.
2.3 Enter the PIN from the Fugo player window into the space provided.
2.4 To finish the pairing process, give your screen a name and add a location.
Hint: We recommend you name your player something relevant such as 68 Lombard Street or Clapham Coffee Shop. For my example, I’ve named my screen “Sarah’s Laptop.” The address should be your screen’s location.
2.5 Your screen will now be listed on your “Screens” page:
Congratulations, you’ve added your screen! Here, have this cake 🍰 to celebrate!
Now you’re ready to start publishing content. We’ll cover that in the next section.
3. Publish content with Fugo CMS
With your player ready to go, let’s give it something to play by creating a playlist!
3.1 Navigate to the Playlist page in the top navigation bar.
3.2 Click the “Create Playlist” button.
3.3 Start by giving your playlist a name in the top left corner of the page. I’ll call mine “Sarah’s playlist.”
3.4 You can add screens, content, or schedule in any order. For the sake of ease, I’ll start with adding a screen. Click “Select Screens” and choose your screen.
3.5 Select content to add to your playlist by clicking “Select Content” and choosing from your media or apps. Click “Add Items” when you’ve finished choosing your content.
3.6 Finally, if you’d like to schedule your content, you can start by indicating the start and end dates under “Date Range.” Tick the box for “No End Date” if you want your content to play indefinitely.
3.7 You can also set the week schedule by clicking and dragging along the schedule. Alternatively, you can select just “Workdays” or “Weekends” in the top right corner of the schedule if you want your playlist to run only on those days. If you want your content to run 24/7, you can click “Select All.”
Hint: Selecting “Workdays” will set your content to run from 8am - 7pm. You can change those hours by clicking on a day block, and manually entering the run times in the day’s window.
3.8 Once your schedule is set, click “Publish” in the right top hand corner to publish your new playlist! If you don’t want to publish right away, just click “Finish later” and it will save your playlist for you to edit later.
Viola - your content is live! You can click the Fugo extension icon in your toolbar any time to access your player.
Hint: When you’re ready to come back to your playlist, you’ll find it saved on your Playlists page. Click “Publish” or select “Edit” from the dotted menu at the right of the playlist panel.
There you go. It really is that easy to use Chrome Extension to publish content with Fugo! 💪