An attribute is a representation of a piece of data on your people. It could be something like a phone number, an email address, or a favorite color. Creating a new attribute means that you're telling Sift to expect a certain piece of data from one of your Directories/Sources or that you would like to have your users enter a piece of data on their profile pages. After creating an attribute, you may add it to your profile pages and/or reference it inside of a data mapping. 

Let’s learn how to create your own Attributes below.

Step 1: Go to the Admin Dashboard

Step 2: Go to the Attributes section

In the Admin Dashboard, click Attributes on the left side navigation.  

Your attributes will be grouped into categories based on which type of data they contain. Some categories of attributes are related to special functionality. For your use case, pick the category that fits your attribute the best. We also restrict some categories to only some types of attributes. For the below example, we will create a simple Text attribute.

Step 3: Create a custom text attribute

Click the Add Attribute button in the Text section

Next, we give you some additional options to configure your attribute:

Sub Category (required): This is a further categorization of your attribute that usually corresponds to its "type". For example Text would give you a short text attribute with a standard input box for user input, and Long Text would be ideal for longer content like a bio.

Name (required): This is the name of the attribute that you and your users will see throughout Sift. For this example, we chose Favorite Color

Description: This description will be shown to your users on profile pages and will explain the attribute further.

Enable Attribute: If you disable an attribute, it will no longer be visible in Sift. This is normally used at a later time if you'd like to "soft delete" an attribute.

Allow Editing: If enabled, users will be able to edit this value on their profile page as long as it is not mapped from a data source.

Allow Hiding: If enabled, users can elect to hide this value on their profile page. 

Step 4: Where do I go next?

Now that you've created your attribute, you may:

Add it to your profile pages
Map to it from a data source

What else can I do with attributes?

To modify an existing attribute, click the edit pencil on the right of the attribute

To delete an attribute, scroll down to the bottom of the page in the edit view. We recommend in most cases to instead disable the attribute, as data (on profiles, mappings, configuration) will be preserved.

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