Aha! Ideas | Configure your ideas portal

An Aha! ideas portal gives organizations a place to bring customers, employees, and other stakeholders to the innovation table.

When customers use your ideas portal, it should feel like a natural extension of your product, service, or brand. That is why we give you full control over customizing every aspect of your ideas portal, including the branding, email communications, and terminology.

To brand your portal and set customizations, go to Settings ⚙️ Account Ideas portals or Ideas Overview. You will need to be an administrator with customizations permissions to configure an ideas portal.

  • From your account settings, click the name of the ideas portal whose settings you wish to edit.

  • From Ideas Overview, click the Pencil icon by the name of the ideas portal whose settings you wish to edit.

Click any of the following links to skip ahead:


We will start with the Overview tab of your portal settings, which is broken into three sections.

Overview: General

These settings affect whether your portal is enabled, what you want to call it, and how you want your users to be able to access it.


  • Title: This text will be displayed in bold in the center of the header of your ideas portal.

  • Subtitle: This text will be displayed under the portal title. Click Add subtitle to add one and Edit to edit it.
    The portal subtitle field uses the Aha! Ideas text editor. This means that you can format your ideas portal's subtitle without applying custom CSS if you choose.
    Note: If you do use custom HTML or custom CSS, those customizations will still apply.


  • URL: This is the URL users will use to access your portal, formatted as name.ideas.aha.io (For example, at Aha! our ideas portal is https://big.ideas.aha.io.).
    Note: You can also use a completely custom domain instead of the "name.ideas.aha.io" format. Click Custom domain or navigate to Branding Advanced to set one up.


Ideas portals are just that: windows into a selection of ideas. When you create a portal, you get to choose who can access it and what sort of ideas they can see.

  • Workspace(s): Your ideas portal can include ideas from one, or multiple, workspaces. And the same workspace can be included in multiple portals. Even then, you can manage all the ideas in one place. Click Select workspace(s) to select the workspace(s) in your workspace hierarchy whose ideas you want included in your portal. You can have a different portal for each workspace, multiple portals in the same workspace, or multiple workspaces pointing towards the same portal.

Language (Ideas Advanced)

By default, the text of your ideas portal is in English. But English might not be your ideas portal users' primary language. If you have added Ideas Advanced functionality to your account, you can display multiple languages on your ideas portal.

  • Enabled languages: Choose the languages — English, Spanish, German, French, or Dutch — that you would like to support in your ideas portal. You can select multiple languages. If a user's browser language is set to one of your Enabled languages, they will see your portal translated into that language.

  • Default language: Choose your portal's default language from any of your enabled languages. If a user's browser language does not match one of your Enabled languages, they will see your portal in its Default language.


  • Enable spam filter: If you allow ideas and comments to be created by email, you will likely want to enable a spam filter to guard against irrelevant content. After you have enabled the spam filter, click View spam to review and manage the spam the filter has collected.
    Note: The spam filter is available for public portals only. If you want to change your portal access to public, click the Edit link to do so, then click Back to spam filter to return to this setting.


  • Enable ideas portal: Check this box to enable or disable your portal.


Overview: Type

When you create an ideas portal, you get to choose what is possible on the portal and who can access it.


  • Submission: Select whether you would like a Full ideas portal — one where ideas portals users can submit new ideas, as well as view, comment, subscribe to, and vote on other users' ideas — or a Submission only ideas portal — one where ideas portals users can use a form to submit new ideas, but not view any ideas in the portal.


  • Access: If you have selected a Full ideas portal in the previous setting, you can choose whether you want your portal to be Private or Public.

    • Private: Private portals limit access to a subset of users that you select on the Users tab. They also allow Ideas Advanced users to use proxy votes to vote on behalf of someone else.

    • Public: Anyone with a portal's URL can access a public ideas portal. It is a good option if you want to allow everyone to give feedback and don't want to require the users to log in first.
      Note: Public portals are also available for indexing by search engines, including the ideas on the portal.


  • Visibility: Choose who is able to view new ideas submitted in your ideas portal. You can set a different default visibility for each type of user who submits an idea. Then you can change the visibility of individual ideas as you review them.

    • There are three different types of ideas portal users:

      • Portal users are likely your customers or the general public.

      • Internal users might be employees at your company, or they might be partners, beta testers, or power users. They will probably submit ideas that are relevant to other internal users but might not be appropriate to share with all ideas portals users
        Note: You can define which types of users are employees in the Users tab of ideas portal settings.

      • Aha! Ideas users are members of your Aha! Ideas account. They might submit ideas that include internal or proprietary information.

    • Each user type can have one of the following default visibility settings.
      Note: All ideas are accessible inside Aha! Ideas for review by Aha! Ideas users, regardless of the idea's visibility setting.

      • Not visible in portals: When a user submits ideas with this visibility, the ideas will not be visible to ideas portal users. Choose this visibility option for ideas that you want to review before you show them on your portal.
        Note: If you are worried about spam ideas, you can enable a spam filter for public portals in the Advanced content settings.

      • Visible to creator: When a users submits ideas with this visibility, the ideas will only be visible to them on the portal.

      • Visible to internal users: When a user submits ideas with this visibility, the ideas will not be visible to ideas portal users, but will still be visible to internal users.
        Note: Remember, you get to decide who Internal users are in your portal. Navigate to the Users tab of ideas portal settings to do this.

      • Visible to all ideas portals users: These ideas will be visible to everyone with access to the portal.

Organizations (Ideas Advanced)

  • Organizations: Add a My organization menu so customers can find all the ideas from their organization. Portal users will see a view that shows them all the ideas and votes from other members of their organization. Comment from members of their organization will be highlighted for them as well.

  • Organizations: Users in your ideas portal often want to see the ideas that other people in their organization care about. If you are an Ideas Advanced customer, you can enable the My organization menu to group all of an organization's ideas and votes in one view — and highlight comments that come from portal users in their organization.

    • Enable the My organization menu: Makes the My organization menu visible in an ideas portal.

      • Portal users will see the names of other members of their organization.

      • To protect their privacy, portal users will see My organization instead of the name of their organization.

      • If you create organizations automatically, new organizations will be added as portal users join with new domains.


Overview: Voting

The best ideas inspire other people to vote for them. In these settings, you can change how voting should work for your ideas portal.

Votes per user

  • Votes per user: By default, each user in private and public portals has unlimited votes — they can vote for every idea in the portal if they like. If you want to change this structure, you can. Use this setting to limit the total number of votes to give your users.

Votes per idea

  • Votes per idea: By default, each user can vote for each idea once. Use this setting to change that, so that users can vote multiple times for the same idea.

Proxy votes

If you have added Ideas Advanced functionality to your account, you can enable proxy votes. Proxy votes allow people to submit votes on behalf of someone else — for example, a sales or support team voting on behalf of a customer.

  • Enable proxy voting: This setting enables or disables proxy voting for a private ideas portal. Proxy votes allow your internal teams to capture feedback on behalf of customers.

    Note: The other voting settings in your ideas portal settings do not apply to proxy voting. In other words, proxy votes do not have to respect a Set number of votes per user and do not count towards the total available Votes per idea.



Some account- and workspace-level settings affect the look and function of your ideas portal, and the Layouts tab of your portal settings gives you a shortcut to get to them. Use these settings to customize the fields for your portal, create idea categories, and adjust idea statuses and workflows.

Note: You will need to be an administrator with customization permissions or a workspace owner to access the settings that the Layouts tab links to.

Layout: Forms

There are several different ways that users in your Aha! Ideas account and ideas portals can create, manage, and vote on ideas. You can customize each ideas layout with different custom fields and rearrange fields to highlight (or require) different information. If you are an Ideas Advanced customer, you can can create multi-step dynamic forms with conditional rules, such as showing or skipping specific steps during the idea submission process.

From the Ideas section, click the Edit layout button to edit the layout that users see when they submit and view ideas in your ideas portal. Apply a different layout or create a new one by clicking the Custom layout dropdown. By default, the portal will use the layout assigned to each workspace within workspace settings. If you choose a different layout in the Custom layout dropdown, it will only apply to this portal and not any other portals that include this workspace.

If you are an Ideas Advanced customer, you will also see a Proxy votes section. From here, you can select, edit, or create the layout that controls how proxy votes look when added in your ideas portal. Click Edit layout to edit the current layout. Apply a different layout or create a new one by clicking the Custom field layout dropdown.

From your Aha! Ideas account, you can also navigate to Settings ⚙️ Account Custom layouts to view, edit, and create custom layouts.

Note: Pay close attention to the ideas custom layout you are adjusting. For example, if you want to customize the layout that your customers see when they submit ideas through your ideas portal or, for Ideas Advanced users, through an in-app ideas submission widget, select the Ideas portal — Ideas custom layout.

Layout: Categories

Ideas categories are an optional way to organize ideas in your portal. For example, ideas portal users might scroll through Reporting ideas when they are looking for ideas to vote on or subscribe to. Aha! Roadmaps users might use categories to assign all ideas in a category to a particular product manager to review, or to link existing ideas in a category together.

Click Edit in Aha! Ideas settings to navigate to Settings ⚙️ Workspace Categories.

Note: Pinned ideas appear on your portal homepage and related idea category pages.

Layout: Status

Like many other record types in Aha! Roadmaps, ideas can have their own workflow: the series of statuses and steps that define their lifecycle. This setting gives you a shortcut to adjust the ideas workflow in your account settings.

Click Edit in Aha! Ideas settings to navigate to Settings ⚙️ Account Statuses and workflows.



Ideas portal Branding settings affect the look of your ideas portal. Use these to customize your portal, add your logo, and use custom colors and formatting to drive a consistent experience for your users.

Branding: General

  • Color: This color setting affects links and buttons in your ideas portal. Click the color icon to select a color or enter your own custom color using a hex code. You can also revert to the default Aha! Ideas color if you need to.

  • Logo: Upload your company, product, or portal logo here. It will be visible on the portal and in all email notifications to your portal users. The ideal logo would be 480px by 300px, with a preferred aspect ratio of 1.6:1. Click Remove logo to remove your logo.

  • Favicon: Upload a favicon here. It must be .png, .gif, or .ico, and 16x16 pixels. Click Remove Favicon to remove your favicon.

Branding: Custom


  • Domain / CNAME: By default, your portal URL is in the format <yourname>.ideas.aha.io (for example, our ideas portal is big.ideas.aha.io). If you prefer to use a URL with your company's own domain to create a unified brand experience for your portal users, click Add a custom domain. In the Add custom domain modal, enter your CNAME and select whether you or Aha! Ideas would like to manage the SSL Certificate. Click Save to save your changes.


  • Display: Choose your display style. Standard portals cannot be embedded and include the default header and footer, while Embedded portals allow you to load an iframe and remove the default header and footer.

    Note: Authentication for Embedded portals might not work for some users. Browsers are increasingly blocking cookies for iframe content — and since cookies are essential for portal authentication, users will not be able to log in in this case.


  • Classic: In October 2020, we updated the default ideas portal design. If you created an ideas portal before then, you can use the new or classic portal design.
    If you have applied advanced customizations to your portal, we recommend creating a new portal to ensure that you like the look of your customizations in the new design.


Through advanced portal branding, you can fully customize the HTML of the header and footer as well as add your own custom CSS and JavaScript to the portal. This allows you to create a header that follows the same theme of your corporate website. It is how we customized our own ideas portal.

  • Add CSS: Insert CSS to customize your portal.
    Note: To see the theme color CSS used in your portal's page headers, click Show theme color CSS. You can copy this code into the Add CSS field and modify to your needs.

  • Add header HTML: Insert HTML to replace the default header. This will appear at the top of every page in your portal.

  • Add footer HTML: Insert HTML to replace the default footer. This will appear at the bottom of every page in your portal.

  • Add Javascript: Insert JavaScript to customize your portal.

Please note that the ideas portal may have updates in the future which are not compatible with some custom code. This may require an update to your customizations.



Your ideas portal will send out emails as you and your ideas portal users create, comment on, and interact with the ideas in your portal. From the Emails portal settings, you can customize the look and feel of the emails your portal sends.

Emails: General

  • Color: Customize your ideas portal emails with an accent color. The color you select here will appear twice in the emails: as the border of any buttons in the email, and as the background border to the email body. The background border color will be 10% the opacity of your selected accent color. Click Send me a test on any email template to see how your accent color will appear.

  • Company name: Any idea-related emails from your portal will have this name in the From field.

  • Reply-to: Emails sent from this portal will display this address.

  • Comments: Choose whether to include a note in the emails' headers reminding portal users that replying to the notification email will add a comment to the relevant idea.

  • Notifications: By default, ideas portal users are subscribed to idea notifications. You can change this default here. You can also use the Portal users tab settings to unsubscribe portal users (single users or all users) from portal notifications.
    Note: Individual ideas portal users can always opt back in to idea notifications.

  • Enable: This setting enables or disables all email communication from your portal — except for password reset emails.

Emails: Templates

Your email portal uses five different email templates to generate email notifications. From these settings, you can adjust each template individually, and enable or disable the standard header for all templates.

Note: If you have added Ideas Advanced functionality to your account, you can display multiple languages on your ideas portal. In the Templates tab, you will see a Settings for: dropdown so you can adjust email templates for each language you have enabled in your portal.

The five email templates are:

  • Invitation: Invites a user to join your portal. The Greeting field here is unique to the email templates; use it for the header text above the email's body (e.g. "Welcome to Fredwin Cycling Ideas, Bryan!").
    Note: If you have a submit-only portal, or if you have enabled single sign-on (SSO) for your portal, your users will not receive invitation emails, and therefore you will not see the Invitation template listed here.

  • Thank you: Thanks a user for submitting an idea to your portal, including, for Ideas Advanced users, ideas submitted through an in-app ideas submission widget.

  • Status changed: Alerts the user to a status change to an idea they are subscribed to.

  • Admin response: Alerts the user that an official admin response has been left on an idea they are subscribed to.

  • New comment: Alerts the user that a new comment has been left on an idea they are subscribed to.

You can adjust the Subject or Body of each template to match your preferred terminology and copy.

  • Both Subject and Body support HTML.

  • Body supports in-line CSS.

  • External CSS is not supported.

  • The Greeting of an Invitation email is a text-only field, so it does not support HTML or CSS.

You can also use several variables to include dynamic information in your email:

  • Invitation:




The Portal title of your idea portal, found on the Settings tab of your portal settings
(e.g. Fredwin Cycling Ideas)


The invited user's first name


The invited user's last name

  • Thank you




The idea's record reference number (e.g. DEMO-I-38)


The idea's Summary


The idea's Description

  • Status changed




The idea's record reference number (e.g. DEMO-I-38)


The idea's Summary


The idea's current Status


The idea's Description

  • Admin response




The idea's record reference number (e.g. DEMO-I-38)


The idea's Summary


The text of the Admin response

  • New comment




The idea's record reference number (e.g. DEMO-I-38)


The idea's Summary


The name of the user who commented on the idea

Any changes you make to a template will be saved automatically.

  • Click Insert default template to revert your changes back to the original template.

  • Click Send me a test to see a test email.



You can override the default button names and field names across your portal in the Terminology tab.

Note: If you have added Ideas Advanced functionality to your account, you can display multiple languages on your ideas portal. In each tab of your Terminology settings, you will see a Settings for: dropdown so you can adjust your portal's terminology for each language you have enabled in your portal.

Each field will display the default terminology. After you enter your own custom text, your terminology will be instantly updated on your ideas portal. There are more than 45 different terminology options you can update, broken into five different tabs:

  • General: Many of the buttons, fields, and text phrases on your portal.

  • Navigation: How users navigate through your portal.

  • Ideas: Fields, phrases, and buttons referencing ideas on your portal.

  • Categories: The display names for optional ideas portal categories.

  • Votes: Fields, phrases, and buttons referencing votes on your portal.

  • Status: The display names for ideas statuses you have configured.

  • Users: Fields, phrases, and buttons referencing your ideas portal users.

  • Custom fields: The display names and description text for any custom fields you have created and applied to an ideas custom layout.

You can also change the label Ideas to your Aha! Ideas account terminology so that internal teams evaluating ideas in Aha! Ideas reference a custom name on the navigation menu. Read this article for more information about how to customize your terminology.



The Users settings focus on your ideas portals users: who can access your portal, how you protect their privacy, and whether you would like to make use of single sign-on (SSO).

Users: General

  • Internal users: Remember, Internal users are a subset of your users. They might be employees at your company who are not part of your Aha! Ideas account; they might be beta testers, power users, partners, or any other group of users who should have their own ideas visibility settings. Define what an Internal user is here.
    Note: You can give ideas submitted by internal users their own default visibility setting.

    You may enter comma-separated values to allow users to self-register from specified email domains. For example, "acme.com, mycorp.com" will allow users with both @acme.com and @mycorp.com email addresses to self-register.

    If your users have email addresses from multiple subdomains, you can match them all with a wildcard. For example, "*.acme.com" will allow users with email addresses from product.acme.com, marketing.acme.com, or any other subdomain.

    Note: If you only enter *.acme.com, a user with the email address joe@acme.com will not be allowed to self-register. If your internal users have emails on both the base domain and on subdomains, you should use multiple comma-separated entries to match them all, e.g. "acme.com, *.acme.com".

  • Users: Manage your users from this settings section.

    • Invite users: Click Add portal user to add a user singly, or click More options Import to import users by CSV.

    • Name: Click this to edit a user's profile. From the Edit portal user modal, you can update their profile information, Resend an invite to your portal, Send a password reset email, or click Update portal user to save your changes.

    • Ideas: Click this link to see a list report of a user's submitted ideas.

    • Comments: Click this link to see a list report of a user's comments on ideas.

    • Votes: Click this link to see a list report of ideas a user has voted for.

    • Actions: Hover over a user to Edit, Unsubscribe, Disable, or Delete them.

    • More options: With the More options button beside the user search bar, you can Unsubscribe all portal users, or Copy, Import, or Export users in a CSV file.
      Note: Even if unsubscribed in bulk, individual ideas portal users can always opt back in to idea notifications.

Users: Privacy

  • Anonymity: You can choose to anonymize your portal for your users' privacy. Within Aha! Ideas, their information will still be visible so that you can appropriately manage your portal users and their ideas.

  • Consent: You can include an optional consent step in your users' profile creation process. The text of the consent checkbox is up to you. Generally, customers include this step if they plan on using their portal users' information outside of the portal.

Users: SSO

Your ideas portal supports single sign-on (SSO) through the use of SAML 2.0, OpenID Connect, or JSON web token (JWT). Any option provides a great way to automatically authenticate your own users into your portal. This is a very useful option if you are utilizing a private ideas portal because it prevents you from having to manually invite users.

Once you're ready to establish an SSO connection, follow along with either of the following articles as you move through the SSO settings.

If you select SAML 2.0, you can also make use of the following integrations:

Click Enable SSO to enable SSO for your portal.


Pages (Advanced plan)

If you have added Ideas Advanced functionality to your account, you can add custom pages to your portal. A custom page allows customization administrators to share roadmaps or notes you have built in Aha! with portal visitors, or poll portal visitors to gain insight on a topic.

Pages: General

  • Add new page: These settings allow you to create a new custom page that will be added to your portal's navigation. You have three custom page types to choose from: Roadmap, Note, or Poll.

Roadmap or Note

  • Page name: Customize the name that will appear at the top navigation of your portal.

  • Heading (optional): You can enter an optional heading for your note or roadmap here.

  • + Add description (optional): This is a rich text field you can use to provide context about the roadmap or note you share on this page.

  • Roadmap or Note: From here, select the roadmap or note that you would like to share in the portal.


  • Page name: Customize the name that will appear at the top navigation of your portal. After you have added a polls page, polls that are made active for your workspace will appear on this page in your ideas portal.

    Note: Once you add a polls page to your ideas portal, the Polls option will disappear from the Add new page dropdown. Remember, you can add as many polls as you want to your single Polls page.

Widgets (Advanced plan)

Often the best way to capture feedback from your users is while they are using your application. If you have enabled Ideas Advanced functionality in your account, you can install a widget in your application that lets users submit ideas to your ideas portal without the need to navigate to your portal.

Users who submit ideas through the widget will be added as ideas portal users, based on their email. If a user with their email does not exist yet in the portal, they are created as a new user. If a user with their email does exist in the portal, the ideas submitted through the widget are added to the ideas they have submitted through the portal.

Ideas submission widget ideas may come through another channel, but they function just like ideas submitted through any other channel. You can review all ideas in one place, analyze ideas trends in reports, and of course prioritize ideas with scorecards and custom fields.

Widgets: General

  • Add widget: Add an in-app ideas submission widget to your ideas portal. After you add it, you can customize it to match your brand, then install it in your application.

  • Name: Click on the name of a widget to open the widget details page.

  • Active: See at a glance whether a widget is active. Click on a widget's Name to activate or deactivate it.

  • Ideas: Click the number of Ideas beside a widget to generate a pre-built list report including all ideas submitted through a particular widget.

  • Preview: Click Preview to preview your widget.

  • Widget code: Click the Widget code button to open installation instructions for your widget, create a new application, generate a JWT secret key, or copy the code snippet your developers will need to install the widget in your application.


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