Testing with Xibo

Xibo Signage offer a free 14 day trial on CMS Cloud Hosting and all commercial Players so that features and functionality can be fully tested for the suitability of an organisation or particular use case before committing to a full purchase.

Xibo in the Cloud - Trial

Explore the full-featured CMS hosted by Xibo Signage in a matter of minutes.

Visit https://app.xibo.org.uk/shop/cloud-demo to create an instance.

  1. Ensure that Trial is highlighted in the Term section.
  2. Enter an Instance Name to form part of your URL.
  3. Use the drop down menu to select from the choice of Domain names to form part of your URL.

The provided instance and domain names will be used to generate your Xibo URL, for example, based on the selections shown in the above image the generated URL would be: http://myinstance.xibo.co.uk

  1. Use the drop down to select an earlier Version if necessary.

By default, the recommended latest release will be preselected here.

  1. Select your preferred Region for your CMS.

The Region closest to where you and your Players are located will give the best performance.

Once all fields have been completed, click the START TRIAL button.

You will be directed to the Shopping Cart which will confirm your chosen Instance name and show your storage and bandwidth limits.

A trial CMS includes 2 x Display Slots to give you 1G of server storage and 4G of bandwidth to install and connect up to 2 x Players to your trial instance for testing purposes.

Xibo has five Player options to choose from, all of which can be installed and connected to a CMS trial instance. Xibo for Windows and Xibo for Linux are open source and do not require a licence fee and is therefore available as a free download. Xibo for Android, Xibo for webOS and Xibo for Tizen all require a commercial licence and have a 14 day free trial period, as detailed in the Commercial Players - Trial section of this guide.

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Connection details are delivered electronically and for your security, you are required to Register to provide an email address and create a Password to be used to access the Customer Portal. Existing Xibo Signage Customer Portal users can provide their Login credentials.

New Users click on Register and enter an Email address (which will be your User name)and create a Password. These credentials will be used for your Login to the Customer Portal.

Registering for a Xibo in the Cloud trial is free and without obligation!

Once completed click on the Register button at the bottom of the form. We will create you an account and send you an activation email, click on the link to activate your account. You can choose to login and complete basic information, no credit / debit card details are required.

Our provisioning system will start to set up your CMS instance for you (so you don’t have to) and once complete we will email you with your connection details.

You will receive a further email three days prior to your trial expiry and then another on the day your account will expire. If you would like to Convert the trial instance to a paid instance then you can do so via the Customer Portal, using the login credentials provided at registration. You can Purchase a CMS Trial account at any point during the trial period.

If after the 14 day trial you do not wish to convert to a paid instance, you do not need to do anything as your account details will be automatically removed from our system after 30 days.

Xibo in the Cloud comes with free helpdesk support which starts the moment you begin your trial!

Commercial Players - Trial

Each of our commercial Players comes with a 14 day licence trial period so you can connect to a CMS Instance and test the suitability of these Players at no cost.

Player software runs on a compatible device connected to your physical hardware, with each Player having its own Installation Package and Installation Guide, which can be selected here

Follow each step of the Player Guide, ensuring that you follow the detail of each stage:

  • Preparing your device

  • Downloading the Player Software

  • Installing the Player Software

  • Connecting to your CMS

  • Authorising your Display

  • Activating your Licence

At this stage you will be taken to a page asking you to provide a Licence Pool email address.

  • Leave the Email Address field blank and click Skip to continue to the free 14 day trial.

If you wish to continue to receive scheduled Events and display new Media after the 14 day trial period, your Player will require a Player Licence prior to the expiry of the trial.

Training Materials and Guidance

To assist you with your journey we have a variety of online training course available here: https://training.xibosignage.com

The Xibo CMS Admin Essentials is recommended for all new Administrators and includes a solution overview as well as instruction as to how to connect and set up Players and Licensing. The Introduction to the Xibo CMS is recommended for all users and gives a complete overview of the CMS Menu and Navigation as well as a detailed look at the Layout Designer. Both these courses are free to all user of the Xibo Software.

We also offer free courses to new Xibo in the Cloud customers to assist with Content Creation and Scheduling Content.

Both these courses are also available to non-cloud customers for a fee.

We also have a User Manual as well as Administration Documentation for further guidance.

Testing beyond the 14 day trial period…

For the majority of users this time frame gives ample time to test for suitability but we do understand that this may not be the case for all users. If you do still have concerns regarding the suitability of Xibo for your organisation or a particular use case, beyond the 14 day trial period, then please contact our Sales team who will be happy to assist you further.