The Appearance section of the project page controls the bulk of the display elements at the top of the frontend project landing page:

Landing Appearance


Hide Project Activity

This slider provides an option to remove the Recent Activity blade from the project landing page in the front end.

Activity Feed

This can be used by those publishers whose projects don’t warrant an Recent Activity section or who don’t want to curate what appears in the section. For more about manually adjusting Recent Activity blade, see the Activity section.


This field holds a brief description of the project as a whole. Recommended length would range from three to five sentences. Text entered here can be formatted with basic Markdown syntax.

Hero Image

The hero image displays as a banner across the top of the project landing page and sits behind all the other elements described in this section.

Your image should be sized to 1280 × 800 pixels. Images not submitted at those dimensions will be scaled by the system to best approximate them and cropped along the bottom edge accordingly to fit the space.

Acceptable formats for upload are GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, and SVG.

When a project is shared socially the hero image is included as part of that transaction so that other platforms can render the look and feel of the source material from Manifold.

Warning. Be sure you have the necessary permissions to upload your hero image to the system.


The cover is intended to be used for projects that are official versions or record—that is, they are not in a draft state but considered formally published. When set, the cover image will appear over the right side of the hero image on the project landing page once the text that serves as the version of record is moved into the Published category.

The system will automatically resize your image to fit the available space, but it need not be cropped and can retain its original ratio. For best results, the smallest side shouldn’t be any less than 600 pixels.

Acceptable formats for upload are GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, and SVG.

Purchase Options

Purchase URL

If your project has a print edition available for purchase, you can direct readers to the URL where they can purchase the text. The URL entered here will serve as the target to the text entered in Purchase Call to Action field. If this field is left blank the value in the Purchase Call to Action will not appear.

The call-to-action link will appear below the cover image on the right side of the hero image. If there is no cover image, the link will float on the right of the hero image, centered vertically.

Entering a valid URL in this field will also automatically cause the value entered in the Purchase Price field to appear beside the call-to-action text.

It is expected that before entering a purchase URL a text has been moved into the Published category, as described in the Texts section.

Purchase Call to Action

This field works in conjunction with the Purchase URL. Text entered here serves as the description to the target link entered in the Purchase URL field. By default the link will read Buy Print Version.

Purchase Price

This field words in conjunction with the Purchase URL and will only appear if the Purchase URL contains a valid URL. The numerical value here indicates the cost of the print edition being directed to by the Purchase URL. As with the Call to Action, the value here can be clicked and will direct readers to the target entered in the Purchase URL field.

The default value for this field is 0.00.


This is a metadata field that allows you to describe the currency with which the purchase price is associated (e.g., USD for US Dollars or AUD for Australian Dollars). A full list of ISO 4217 currency codes can be found here.

Download Options

With these download options, publishers have the ability to provide readers with a copy of the project text and/or materials that they have curated for that purpose. For example, if a publisher wants to provide an EPUB for an open-access book, they can include that in the fields below so readers can use it on their personal devices. Alternatively, a publisher could create a zip archive that includes all (or some) of the project’s texts and resources in various formats (e.g., PDF, Word, mp4, etc.)

When content is supplied in either the Download URL or the Download File fields, a button to download the associated file will appear on the project page below the cover.

Note. If both a URL and a downloadable file are supplied, the file will take precedence over the URL.

Download URL

If the source file you want to allow readers to download is remotely hosted, enter the direct URL here.

Download Call to Action

By default the download button will read “Download eBook.” To adjust that enter your preferred button text here.

Download File

Download files can be supplied in the following formats:

  • EPUB
  • HTML
  • MD
  • DOCX
  • TEX or LATEX
  • ZIP