Adding a "News article" for sites using the articles system:
Starting a new post
Go to the "News" or "Articles" tab and select New...
Fill out the settings for your article. Typically the settings panel would look something like this example below - except while you are working on your article leave off the publish date and set the page status to "Invisible".
Note: The image processing "Detect Faces" option is a great help to avoid your thumbnail image cropping off a person's head!
Under the Content tab put together the text and images to create your news story.
Sample Article content - in this instance the article text is in the first editing region with photo gallery underneath to display the student's work. Use the Save button regularly to ensure you work is sent to the web server.
Finished? Return to Settings
To publish your article, return to the Settings panel, change the page status field to be Online and set the Publish Date. See how the Settings panel of a news feed Article is filled out below. Always use the "Save" button to commit updates to the server.
Settings fields summary -:
On the Settings section complete the following fields...
|Title||Required||Enter the story title, keep it succinct - this will become the primary link to the article.|
|Panel ID||Required||Leave as-is with the auto-generated ID.|
|Description||Required||Enter a short sentence description of your article|
|Note||Optional||Not used on the web site. Literally a place where you can leave a note to provide info to yourself or colleagues.|
|Categories||Optional||It's possible to categorise articles that can then be used to filter the articles - for example schools will often categorise an article by Year Group and subject matter such as Art, Sport, STEM, and Camps.|
|Thumbnail||Recommended||A square or landscape image is ideal as long as the main focus is central to the image so that it still works when the image is cropped into a square.|
|Publish Date||Required||[NB: Set the date last - only when article content is completed and is ready to go online]. Choose the date/time this article is published. Once set, if you need to take an article offline you will need to clear the date. Setting a future publish date will trigger the page to go online on that date. This is handy if you want to schedule items in advance.|
|Expiry Date||Optional||Setting an expiry date will take the page offline on that date.|
|Status||Required||Set to Online to make the article accessible - please note - to take an article Offline the publish date will need to be cleared.|
|Target||Not Required||The target type determines if the link opens a "new window" / "browser tab" or triggers a "pop-up" to overlay the current window. If no target is set the link loads in the same window - which is most often recommended and the default setting.|