News / Blog module documentation

The news / blog module allows you to add new news or blog posts to your website. You can also edit or delete existing posts.

Posts are automatically arranged by date order, and will appear automatically on either the "latest news" page on the front end of your website, or one of the monthly archive pages linked to from the "latest news" page on the front end of your website.

Access permissions

If you can't see these sections in your admin control panel it is possible that your user doesn't have permission to edit news posts, or that you don't have the news module enabled for your account.

If your user doesn't have permission to edit news posts, but your user does have permission to edit users, you can edit your own user and tick the 'can edit news' box.

If you don't have permission to edit your own user privileges please either contact the person in charge of your website. If that is you, then please contact us for help.

Renaming or moving your news page

If you have the news module enabled it will appear as a special page in your pages module.

By default this page is called "News" and has the address of "/news".

This title, address, and various other aspects of the news page can be edited from the pages module.

The news page cannot be deleted from your pages module, but it is possible to mark it as unpublished if you no longer wish it to be displayed on your site.

When editing the special "news" page in your admin control panel you will notice you cannot add content blocks to it - this is because the content is automatically determined by the news posts you add.

Making your blog the homepage of your site

If you want to make your blog the homepage of your site simply ensure that it is published and then drag it to the very top of the list in the pages module.

Adding a news / blog post

To add a new post to your website:

  1. Log into your admin control panel
  2. Select "News" from the primary navigation
  3. Select "Add news" from the shortcut bar
  4. The post will automatically have today's date and time, and your user assigned as the author. You can change these fields if you wish.
  5. Fill out the form. If you are not sure what a field does hover over the title to view contextual help for that field.
  6. Click on the blue "Save" button at the bottom of the form
  7. Proceed to add some content blocks to the page

Adding new content blocks to a news post

News posts without content blocks are just empty posts - so at this point you'll definitely want to be adding content blocks to your news post. Immediately after creating a new news post, or after selecting a news post to edit, you will be able to add content blocks to the post.

If you have not just added a new post:

  1. Log into your admin control panel
  2. Select "News / Blog" from the primary navigation
  3. Either click on the title of a news post or on the edit icon next to it (a picture of a notepad and pencil)

To add a new content block to that post:

  1. Click the green "Add a content block" button on the right hand side of the page
  2. Choose the type of block you want to add from the "type" drop down list
  3. The type of block you choose will determine the fields that are available to fill in
  4. Images can be uploaded using the "browse" button where relevant. These are automatically resized after uploading
  5. Fill out the form.  If you are not sure what a field does hover over the title to view contextual help for that field.
  6. Click on the blue "Save" button at the bottom of the form to add your content block
  7. If there were any problems with the data on your form correct them an press "Save" again

Editing a news post

To edit a news post:

  1. Log into your admin control panel
  2. Select "News / Blog" from the primary navigation
  3. Either click on the title of a news post or on the edit icon next to it (a picture of a notepad and pencil)
  4. Please note that when editing a news post there may be some additional fields available which were not visible when you first added the post
  5. Make any changes you wish to make to the content of the form. If you are not sure what a field does hover over the title to view contextual help for that field.
  6. Click on the blue "Save" button at the bottom of the form to save your changes
  7. If there were any problems with the data on your form correct them an press "Save" again

Editing content blocks

When editing a news post you will see an overview of the content blocks for that post on the right hand side of the admin control panel.

To edit a content block:

  1. Either click on the content block or the edit icon next to it (a picture of a notepad and pencil)
  2. If you wish to change the type of the content block select the new type from the drop down menu
  3. Change any fields you want to change on the form.  If you are not sure what a field does hover over the title to view contextual help for that field.
  4. Click on the blue "Save" button at the bottom of the form to save your changes

Reordering content blocks

If you want to change the order of your content blocks you can drag and drop them to their new position.

To reorder content blocks:

  1. Log into your admin control panel
  2. Select "News / Blog" from the primary navigation
  3. Either click on the title of a page or on the edit icon next to it (a picture of a notepad and pencil)
  4. Drag and drop the content blocks into their desired order
  5. Your changes are saved automatically

Deleting a news post

News posts can be deleted, but please note that there is no undo feature - if you're not completely sure you want to delete a post just edit it and mark it as unpublished.

You don't need to delete old posts; as you continue to add new content they will automatically drop off the bottom of your 'latest posts' page and stay on their relevant monthly archive page.

To delete a news post:

  1. Log into your admin control panel
  2. Select "News / Blog" from the primary navigation
  3. Click the delete icon (a red cross) next to the news post you want to delete
  4. Click the confirm button if you are sure you wish to delete this post

Deleting a content block

Content blocks can be deleted, but please note that there is no undo feature - if you're not completely sure you want to delete a content block we recommend that you move it to an unpublished post instead.

To delete a content block:

  1. Log into your admin control panel
  2. Select "News / Blog" from the primary navigation
  3. Either click on the title of a page or on the edit icon next to it (a picture of a notepad and pencil)
  4. Click the delete icon (a red cross) next to the content block you want to delete
  5. Click the confirm button if you are sure you wish to delete this content block

RSS feed

New posts are automatically added to your RSS feed. This is always accessible from:

http://[YOURWEBSITEDOMAINHERE]/feed.xml

Your users can also click the orange RSS logo on your "latest news" page to view the feed.

Some browsers will automatically be aware of the existence of the feed when on the news page as it is referenced in the meta data of your news page.

Duplicating a news item

If you want to create a new news item based on an existing news item you can duplicate it. To duplicate a news item:

  1. Log into your admin control panel
  2. Select "News / Blog" from the primary navigation
  3. Either click on the title of a  post or on the edit icon next to it (a picture of a notepad and pencil)
  4. Click the "duplicate this news item" link in the shortcut navigation

This will create a new item that has all the content (including the content blocks) copied from the news item you have duplicated.

This new news item will be marked as unpublished.

The URL Slug will automatically have a number appended to it.

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