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Creating and Managing News Posts and Newsletters

Once a News or Newsletters Feed has been created,  News Posts or Newsletters can be added to the feeds. If the Feeds need to be created, see Creating News and Newsletters Feeds. To display the Feeds on a page, see adding News and Newsletters Feeds to a page.

Managing News and Newsletter Posts

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  1. Click the News option from the admin panel menu to go to the News Posts list.
  2. The gear icon next to each News or Newsletter post reveals three options:
      • Edit - Opens the News Post form to make changes to the post.
      • Read Post - Opens the system-generated News Post page based on information added to the post. If the post is a Newsletter, the link or file added to the newsletter will open or be downloaded.
      • Delete - Permanently deletes the post and removes it from any feeds displaying it.

Creating News Posts

  1. Select the News option from the CMS admin panel menu and click the + News Post button.
  2. Select the Primary News Feed this post should belong to. Four tabs should be revealed in the Add News Post form: Information, Details, Image, and Secondary Feeds. If the only tabs revealed are Information and Secondary Feeds, the Primary News Feed selected was a Newsletters type feed, which contains fewer fields. See Adding a Newsletter or choose a different Primary News Feed that is a regular News type feed.

Information Tab

  1. In the Title field, enter a descriptive title (headline) for the post.
  2. Give the post a Subtitle (optional).
  3. In the Publish Date field, enter the date the post should be displayed on the News Page. Note: If set in the future, the post won't display until the selected date. The Publish Date also determines the order of the posts in the feed.
  4. By default, the date displayed on the post is the Publish Date. The optional Display Date can be used if a different date, or other label, should be displayed with the post instead of the Publish Date. This field supports plain text, it will display exactly a typed. Note: Display Dates can be helpful if the post is about a future event and should be published immediately, but it is preferred for the date displayed on the post to reflect the date of the event.
  5. The Archive Date will determine when the post is removed from the feed and moved to the archived feed. The link to the feed's archives can be displayed or hidden based on the news feed block settings on the page.
  6. Display in News Headlines is usually left set to 'Yes'. News Feeds can be displayed using the News Headlines or News Feeds block. Most posts are displayed in either feed type, unless it is specifically desired to not have a post display in News Headlines feeds.
  7. Headlines End Date will determine when a post is removed from a News Headlines type feed. If no date is selected, the post will be removed based on the Archive Date.
  8. The Attachments area allows adding links or links to files to the post. These links would be displayed in the News Feed and the full News Post's page.

Details Tab

  1. The Summary field is displayed in the news feed on a page. The Rich Text Editor supports adding text content, images, links etc. The summary should be kept brief. If there is more information to be added to the post, this can be added in the Post Details area. Note: For most websites, the content in the summary is added above the content in the Post Details on the full post's page. It is not necessary to repeat the information from the summary in the Post Details field. 
  2. Adding content to the Post Details activates a 'Read Full Post' link for the news post below the title, summary and link attachments. A website visitor can click the link from the news feed on a page to read the full post. The link to the post can also be shared on social media or other methods.

Image Tab

The image tab allows uploading an image to the news post. At this time, the image is only being used to display an image in a Headline News feed type. This functionality may be expanded in the future. If an image should be displayed within a News Post's page, it can be added in the Post Details area.

If a size category has been selected for the news feed, the image will be run through an image cropper. See Managing News Feeds for information on adding a size category to a feed.

Secondary Feeds Tab

The Secondary Feeds tab contains a News Feed selector allowing the post to be shared on additional News Feeds aside from the selected Primary News Feed.

Adding a Newsletter

  1. Select the News option from the CMS admin panel menu and click the + News Post button.
  2. Select the Primary News Feed this post should belong to. Two tabs should be revealed in the Add News Post form: Information and Secondary Feeds. If four tabs are revealed, the Primary News Feed selected was a News type feed. See Creating a News Post or choose a different Primary News Feed that is a Newsletter type feed.

Information Tab

  1. Give the Newsletter a title in the Title field. This will become the link to the newsletter when the feed is placed on a page. Note: To provide consistency between newsletters, give the newsletter a title that is formatted similarly to other newsletters in this feed. Titles can be changed later by editing an existing post.
  2. In the Publish Date field, enter the date the post should be displayed on a Page. Note: If set in the future, the post won't display until the selected date. The Publish Date also determines the order of the posts in the feed.
  3. The Archive Date will determine when the post is removed from the feed and moved to the archived feed. The link to the feed's archives can be displayed or hidden based on the newsletters feed block settings on the page.
  4. The Attachments area allows adding a link to the newsletter post. This is where the link to the newsletter is added, whether it is a file or other type of link.

Secondary Feeds Tab

The Secondary Feeds tab contains a News Feed selector allowing the post to be shared on additional Newsletter Feeds aside from the selected Primary News Feed.

 

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