Guide admins can create new articles and edit all existing articles in the knowledge base. Agents who are not Guide admins can create and edit articles if they have management permissions. End users can't contribute articles to the knowledge base.
You must have at least one section in the knowledge base before you can start adding articles. When you create an article, you must assign it to a section. For more information, see Anatomy of the help center.
Adding articles to the knowledge base
Guide admins can create new articles. Agents can create new articles if they have management permissions. Agent privileges for new articles vary depending on their management permissions. See the complete list of agent privileges for existing, published articles.
You can create a maximum of 40,000 total articles, excluding translations. This limit includes articles in all states, except archived.
To add an article to the knowledge base
- In your help center or Guide, click Add in the top menu bar, then select
- Enter your content.
- Use the article editor's toolbar for formatting options or to add links, images,
or tables. This toolbar is not the same as the toolbar in community posts.
For information, see the Help center article editor toolbar reference. See also Inserting links, Inserting images in articles and content blocks, and Inserting videos. For tables, check out this formatting tip.
Edit the HTML source by clicking the Source Code button at the end of the editor's toolbar.Note: To keep your help center secure and provide the best experience for your end users, Zendesk limits the HTML you can use in articles. For information, see Allowing unsafe HTML in articles.
- Use the article editor's toolbar for formatting options or to add links, images, or tables. This toolbar is not the same as the toolbar in community posts.
- Under Managed By, click the drop-down arrow, then select management permissions
to determine which agents have editing and publishing rights for this article.
- Admins enables only Guide admins to edit and publish the article. This option is selected by default on new articles.
- Editors and publishers (Enterprise plans only), enables all agents and admins to edit this article but only admins can publish the article. This option appears only if it's been activated.
- Custom management permission enables specific user segments to edit and publish the article.
Depending on your account, you might also see an agents and managers option.
Guide admins can apply any management permissions. Agents with management permissions can apply only the management permissions they belong to. Agents who do not have management permissions on any article will not see this option, and the management permissions will default to admins.
- Under Visible to, select one of the view permissions options to determine which
users can view this article.
- Visible to everyone includes anyone who visits your help center and does not require sign in.
- Signed-in users includes internal and external users who create an account and sign in to your help center.
- Agents and admins includes team members only, so that you can create content that is internal-only.
- Custom user segment enables you to restrict viewing access to specific users based on tags, organizations, or groups by applying custom user segments, see Creating user segments to restrict access.
Guide admins and agents with publishing permissions can set view permissions for articles. Agents who do not have publish permissions on any article will not see this option, and the view permissions will default to agents and admins.
- Under Publish in section, click Select a section, then select a new
section and click Ok.
You can search for or navigate to the section. All of your categories might not appear in the window. To navigate, click the expander arrows to drill down to the section you want.
- Choose any of the following options:
- To close the article for comments, deselect Open for comments.
- To promote the article in its section, select Promote article.
- To add an attachment, click Manage attachment in the Attachments section at
the bottom of the pane. See Attaching media to articles.
The file size limit is 20 MB. You can remove an attachment by clicking the x next to it.
- (Not available on Suite Team) Under Labels, add any labels you want.
As you start typing, a list of existing labels appears for you to chose from, or you can add a new keyword by selecting Add as a new label or by typing a word and pressing Enter.
For more information about using labels and best practices, see Using labels on help center articles.
You can add labels to the default language article only and not to translations of the article. You can add labels in multiple languages to the default article.
- (Not available on Suite Team) Under Related to, start typing the content tag you
want to add, then select Add as new tag or select the matching content tag, if it
exists. See Adding content tags to articles.
- (Enterprise plans only) Under Template, if you have multiple article templates in your live theme, click the
drop-down, then select a template.
You might have to scroll down to see this option. If you do not select an alternate template, the default article template will be applied.
- When you are finished working on your article, do one of the following:
- To save your new article as a draft or work in progress to publish later, click
Clicking Save creates the article as a draft (Suite Growth and Professional or Guide Professional) or a work in progress (Enterprise plans).
Click the Preview in Help Center link (Suite Growth and Professional or Guide Professional) or the Preview link (Enterprise plans) to view the article in your help center. The preview link expires after one hour.
- To publish your new article, click the drop-down arrow on the Save button, then
Click the Show in Help Center link (Suite Growth and Professional or Guide Professional) or the Published link (Enterprise plans) to view the article in your help center.
- To save your new article as a draft or work in progress to publish later, click Save.
Editing articles in the knowledge base
Guide admins can edit any articles. Agents can edit existing articles where they have management permissions. Agent privileges for existing articles vary depending on their management permissions. See the complete list of agent privileges for existing, published articles.
Saving edits for an existing published article as a work in progress is only available on Guide Enterprise.
There are some article updates that you can make on multiple articles in bulk. For more information, see Updating knowledge base articles in bulk.
- In your help center, navigate to the article you want to edit, then click Edit
article in the top menu bar.
- In Guide Admin, click the Manage articles () icon in the sidebar, search for the article, then click the title to open it.
- In Guide Admin, click the Arrange content () icon in the sidebar, navigate to the article, then click the options menu at the end of the title and select Edit article.