Part Nine - Articles

9.0 Articles

The majority of your site content will be compiled using articles.

Articles are grouped within categories and are displayed on your site as a list both on the public and members homepage and also within the parent category.

To create a new article, go to 'Articles' either through the control panel or by clicking on 'articles' in the left hand navigation menu.

Click Add New Article and you will get taken through to add your content in an article page.

You can watch a video tutorial about Adding Articles here.

9.1 Title and Teaser Text

The title and the teaser will both appear in the relevant category and also on both the public and members homepages.

The teaser is a short overview of what the article is about.

NOTE: If the article is to be viewable by members only, when a non member clicks on the title to view the article they will be presented with a members only message which can be edited in the settings area of your site.

9.2 Body Content

Enter the full article text into the body field using the editor.

9.3 Summary Field

There is a summary field available to use that has a limited editor.

Anything that is entered into the summary field will be displayed in a box at the bottom of the published body content:

9.4 Tags

The tag field has two purposes:

1) To provide the search engines with Metatags for the individual article

2) To link related articles to one another

NOTE: Tags can be single words or actual phrases. When entered into the tag field each word or phrase must be entered on under the other in a list, for example:
Cats
Dogs
Food and Wine
Hotels

If you give two or more articles the same tag they become 'related'.

Once articles are related they will show a link to each other at the bottom or the published article:

9.5 Allow Access

In this section you decide who can view the article.

By default the article is set to be viewable by logged in administrators.

The options available are:

  • Administrator
  • Everyone
  • Members Only

NOTE: If you want to allow 'Pay-per view' the article must be set to be viewable by 'Members Only'.

If you check the 'Allow Pay-per view' box then non members can pay a fee to view the article.

NOTE: Once you have created your article you must then create the pay-per-view article in your online store.

9.6 Assigning to a Category

When creating an article you need to decide which category or categories it will be assigned to. In this section you will see a list of all your existing categories:

Once the article has been assigned to a category it's title and teaser will be displayed on the category page.

If you want the article to appear in any additional categories, without having to duplicate the article you can select one or more 'Additional Categories'.

Select the additional category from the drop down list titled 'Select Additional Categories':

Click the 'Add Category' button:

The page will auto save and you will get taken to the top of the editing article page.

Scroll back down to the 'Assign to Category' section and you will see the additional category has been added:

To delete the article from showing in an additional category you need to check the box next to the category title and click delete selected.

You can assign an article to as many additional categories as you need.

9.7 Publish Information

9.7.1 Publish Date

The publish date allows you to back date articles or set them to automatically publish at a future date or even time.

For example this is very useful if you will be on vacation for seven days. You could write seven articles and set them to automatically publish one each day.

To do this you need to click on the small calendar next to the publish date:

A large calendar will then appear, here you can click on the date you wish the article to appear as published.

You can click on the time at the bottom of the calendar if you wish to publish at a certain time.

To back date an article you select the date in the past or if you want the article to publish itself select a date in the future.

NOTE: When you are logged in as an administrator you will see all articles even if they are set to publish in the future.

As articles are ordered by publish date you can use the calendar to reorder your articles.

9.7.2 Author/Source

If you want to state who wrote the article or where is was sourced from enter the details in this field :

It will appear at the top of the published title alongside the publish date.

You can choose to hide both the author source field and publish date from an individual article, simply check the box:

9.8 Allowing User Comments

You can allow either visitors or members to post comments at the end of an individual articles.

By default this is set to 'no comments allowed. The options available to you are:

Only members can create and view comments

Only members can create comments but everyone can view them

Everyone can create comments and also view them

As an administrator you have the ability to delete any user comments.

9.9 Article Display

Although categories are typically assigned to menu blocks you can also have an article showing in a menu block. 'Top Menu' and 'Bottom Menu' will insert the article in the top or bottom navigation bars.

NOTE: This is usually not advisable but can be useful if you wish to display a 'featured article' directly into the navigation.

You also have the ability to hide the article from displaying on the homepage and in the category it is assigned to.

9.10 Publish Article

Once you have finished editing your article you must click Save.

You will get taken to the top of the page, notified that your changes have been saved and given three options – Preview, Publish Now or Undo:

'Preview' your page if you wish to check links and placement of images

'Publish now' and the article will go live on your site

'Undo' and changes you have made will be lost.

Once an article has been published you will get taken to the article listings, to view the article you need to click on the title:

The article title and teaser will now be displayed in the category it is assigned to and on the public and members homepages.

9.11 Edit an Article

To make any amendments to an existing article you need to go back to the articles section by either going through the control panel or clicking on Edit in the top black navigation bar.

Your existing articles will be listed here.

If you cannot see the article you are looking for you may wish to extend the number of articles displayed, they are automatically defaulted to 25 per page. You can change this to 50, 100 or all articles.

Alternatively if you know the title of the article you wish to edit you can enter your search term in here and click 'search'.

To edit the article click on the aligned with the relevant article title.

Make any changes to the article itself and then click 'save'.

NOTE: To ensure the changes go live you must 'Publish Now'.

You will be notified that your article has now been published.

9.12 Move an article

At some point you may wish to move an article from one category to another.

To do this you need to edit the article you wish to move

Scroll down to the area where you assigned the article to a category

In this drop down menu change it to be assigned to the new category

Scroll down click Save.

Remember to make these changes go live you need to click Publish Now

The article will now have been moved to the new category

9.13 Delete an Article

If at any time you wish to delete an article you need to go to the article section, Either going through the control panel or by clicking on Edit in the top black navigation bar.

You will need to find the required article in the article listings. If you cannot see the article you wish to delete try extending the number of articles displayed to 50,100 or display all.

Alternatively, if you know the title of the article you wish to edit you can enter your search term in here and click 'search'.

Check the box next to the title of the article you wish to delete

Click delete selected.

You will be asked to confirm that you do want to delete the article, if you are sure click okay.

The article will then be deleted from the site.

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