This article describes, in detail, the meaning of all fields in the news article editor frame. If you just want to learn the most common choices for a basic news entry, see the main news page.
Author the news article
To preview most options described below, see an example article for comparison.
- All news articles require a Title.
If you do not provide a title, there will be a news entry in the news list that is blank and has no link to view the full article
- (optional) Uncheck the Hide: checkbox unless the article should be hidden from site visitors
- (optional) If the article should not be visible on the site immediately when published, or should be hidden from the site on some specific date, provide Start: and/or Stop: dates, respectively.
If a Stop date is provided, the article will not be available at all, even in the news archive after the Stop date
- Select a news Type: (see "News articles may be one of three Types," below to learn more)
- Provide a Date/Time: for the article. This is the date that will be printed in the article itself, or posted as the "published date" for aesthetic purposes only. For example, this can be back-dated if the article was copied from a legacy system, or future-dated if you are preparing an article that won't be published right away
- (optional) Archive date:
The date the article will be removed/hidden from the list/latest view and be available only to visitors who click through the archive menus. The article will not be removed from the site or from the RSS feed. If these are the desired effects, use the Stop: date field instead
- (optional) Author: and Email:
The appearance of these field varies by site, but in most cases, this is displayed in the single article view as a link to the e-mail address provided
- (optional) Subheader:
If provided, this will be used as "teaser text" in list/latest views of the articles and will appear in styled text at the top of the single article view
- Text: (not applicable to External/Internal URL type)
News article copy
- (not used) Keywords:
- (not used) Category
- (optional) Images and Caption (also Image alttext and Image titletext if News type)
Any images, if added, may be displayed in the list, latest or single article views. The caption, if provided, will display near the image. The appearance varies by site
Are added to the end of the single article view in a "Links" list section
- Related news:
Are added to the end of the single article view in a "Related News" list section
Are added to the end of the single article in a "Files" list section
News articles may be one of three Types
- Link internal page
- Link external page
Link external page
Instead of providing body copy for the news article, this news type enables you to insert a link to a news article written by someone else, for example a Fargo Forum or NDSU It's Happening at State news article.
This article usually appears the same as any other news article in the news list, except clicking the news article will direct the visitor to the link provided in the External URL field.
When inserting an article of this type, remember that visitors may not have accounts/privileges to retrieve the article so you should preview the article from another computer where you have never visited that news site, or log out from the news site and test the link used in the External URL field to verify it still works. Also remember that some news sources do not provide their articles for an indefinite period of time (for free).
However, this may still be the best way to include someone else's news in your site's news list, because copying/republishing it might not be allowed.
Link internal page
Like an External URL type, this type of news article enables you to select a page to display when the visitor clicks the article header link. The only difference from the External URL type is that the target page is within your site instead of on another site.
This might be useful if you have a page describing an event but don't want to create a separate news article for the event to appear in your site's news feed.
This is the most common selection for authoring news articles. This article type enables you to contribute the body copy of the article.
You can preview most options of the default News Type in an example article. Figures 1 and 2 below show the news form as it was completed for the example article. The form labels are highlighted to help you locate and match them with the fields referenced in this document.