Yes, you're in the right place. Adding content to a new news article and editing content on an existing news article use the same process.
You can edit the content of a news article or quickly edit its attributes. To start editing a news article, just click on News in the sidebar to reveal a list of all the news articles in your website. Clicking on a headline will take you to the edit screen.
You can edit the headline of your article at any time. Just replace the text in the box.
Like the headline, you can edit your article's summary by replacing the text in the box. Remember to keep it short and simple.
C. Thumbnail Image
Depending on how your website has been designed, you may be able to add an image to your article. Check with your web designer to see if this is a possibility for your website.
Add an Image
To add an image to your article, follow these steps:
- Click on the icon.
- Click on the icon next to the Image URL field. This will allow you to browse your computer's file system to find the image you would like to upload.
- Type a short description of the image into the Alternative Text field.
- If you would like a tool-tip to appear when somebody hovers their mouse cursor over the image, type your caption into the Title field.
Remove an Image
If an article has an image that you would like to remove, click in the icon. This will remove the image. Remember to Publish the article when you're done to save the changes to the website.
D. Content Block
Insert as Text
When you insert a news article as text it appears like any other page in your website. Your web designer may have applied a different template to make it look different, but otherwise, it is effectively a page. You edit the article in the same way you would a Page content block, except in the case of a news article, there is only one type of editor.
The WYSIWYG Editor allows content to be added to the site and formatted without needing any knowledge of HTML and CSS. WYSIWYG stands for What You See Is What You Get. You can see how it works by selecting the View Source button on the content block. The content you have added and formatted is transformed behind the scenes into a format your website can understand.
You can learn more about using the WYSIWYG Editor in the Tutorials section.
Attach a File
You can make your news article link to a document such as PDF or Word Document. When this option is selected the interface will change to show the File Management view instead of a content block. You can then select or upload a different file as required using the available tools. The File Management interface works in the same way as the Assets tab.
Wherever possible you should always choose to insert your news article as text. This will ensure your news article is more accessible to search engines resulting in better rankings for your website, which in turn makes it easier for people to find.
E. Publish Panel
The Publish Panel allows you to Preview, Save, Publish, Archive or Lock/Unlock an article. It also provides information on when the news article was last published and who was responsible for the changes.
The button allows you to see how the article you are editing will look when applied to a template. It may not always be exactly as it will appear on the website, depending on how the template has been setup, but it should give you a good indication of formatting.
Clicking on the button will save your changes to the CMS and set the news article to Draft Mode. This means your work is safe but it will not appear on the website until it is published.
If you no longer want an article to appear in your website, click on the button. This will remove the article from the news list and set it's status to Archived. You can restore an archived article later. For more information see the Archive page section.
If you are working on an article that isn't ready to appear on the website and you don't want it to be published accidentally, you can lock it. Just click on the icon to toggle whether the article is locked or unlocked.
Clicking on will save your changes to the CMS and make the article available on the website.
F. Meta Panel
Just like with Pages, the Meta Panel contains information that relates to the content of the article, but does not usually appear in the article itself.
The title is what appears at the top of your browser window. It should accurately describe the article without being too long. Search Engines use the title as the name of your website in their results.
Keywords are used by search engines to determine the relevance of your website to their search results. You should include a comma-separated list of words and phrases that relate specifically to the article you are editing.
The Description is a short summary of the article's content. Search engines use this information in their search results to describe your website. Each article should have a unique description which summarises the article's content.
The publication date of the article is set to the date of when the article was created by default. If you would like to backdate and article, and set it to be published in the future, you can change the date here. Either type the date into the Publication date box using the
DD/MM/YYYY format or click on the calendar icon next to it to open up a calendar widget to select the appropriate date.
By ticking the Alert Only box, the news article will only be sent out as an email. It will not appear on the website. This option works together with the Mailing Lists section of the CMS. Leave it unchecked to make the article appear on the website's news list.
New articles can be organised by category. For more information, see the Categories section. To apply a single category, just click on the name of the category so it is highlighted. Apply multiple categories by holding down the Ctrl or Command key on your keyboard and clicking on the category names you would like to apply.
If you have a mailing list setup, you can choose to have the article sent to it here. Just select the mailing list from the drop-down box and when you click publish an email containing the article will be sent to all the addresses in the list. Find out more in the Mailing List section.
If you need to change the template applied to the article, choose a new one here. The process is the same as that for editing pages.
Remember to click Publish after making any changes to ensure they are saved to the CMS and visible on your website.
Every time you save a Page in the CMS, a version of it is saved into a database. This means if you make a mistake, you can rollback the changes you made and restore a previous version of the file. The History panel will list the last three revisions to the Page along with the date and time they were made. Click on the icon to revert your changes to a previous version. For more information on versions and rollback of content, see the Rollback section.