This guide will walk you through the process of article creation/editing in the new CMS 8.0.
One of the main advantages of the new Article Edit Page is inline editing, which allows you to see the result as you type. It also has 3 device preview modes, separate page for advanced settings and it allows you to conveniently edit your article using devices with smaller screens due to the responsive design.
Table of Contents
- Navigating to Article
- Article Editor
- New Article Edit: Video
To create new article hit New > Content > Article.
You will get to the Article: Editor page.
Take a look at a panel on the left. Depending on the size of your screen, it will be either visible (see a screenshot below) or hidden (on smaller devices).
All article settings were split into two tabs: Editor and Settings. Editor page is the main page for creating an article. It has all the settings necessary for the article to be published: Publication Status, Category (or Zone in old CMS), Date, Author, Title, Image and Image Caption, Content field with CKEditor and Related items. All other settings (Website Teaser and Social Teaser, Slug, Tags, Comments settings etc.) were moved to the Settings tab.
On the left panel besides Editor and Settings there is also a Device Preview, which allows you to preview your article in 3 different modes: Large (laptop), Medium (tablet), Small (mobile device).
At any time during article editing you can click Save to save your current changes and continue editing (however, there is also an autosave feature) or Save and Close to save the changes and exit the article. If you don't want to save any changes click Close.
Now let's take a closer look at the main Editor page.
As it was mentioned earlier, Editor page has all the settings necessary to create and publish an article.
We can start with setting up the publication status. In order to control the status of your publication (available according to the user rights), open the dropdown menu in the top right corner and choose between Draft, Edited, Published.
Click in the area Add title... and start typing a title of your article. Please pay attention to the maximum amount of characters allowed for a title (can differ from site to site).
On the left from the Title field there are Category (Zone), Date and Author settings.
Click on Select Category (=Zone in old CMS) to select categories. The main category will be marked blue and will be displayed next to the title. In order to change the main category, click on other selected category and then click Save to continue editing the article.
In order to plan your publication's date and time, click on the displayed date under the Category. In the popup window Select Date set the time and date of your publication and hit Save.
Click on Add Author and start typing author's name(s). Please note that author(s) should be created in the CMS first (Settings > Authors) in order to be added on the article page.
In order to select a main image click on Open Explorer and search for the image.
Using search panel located on the left side, add necessary parameters and click Search. Once image is found, click Attach to set the main image.
Clicking on the icons located on the top right corner on the image you can select a different image, crop chosen one or delete the selected image. Please take a look at the example of cropping of the chosen image.
Add image caption by clicking to the area under the image. Please pay attention to the maximum amount of characters allowed for caption. If the limit will be exceeded, the system will warn you.
Start typing the body of the article into the field under the caption (for some sites – under Introduction field).
Once the text window is active, text editor (CKEditor) becomes active as well. Please see below some examples of the text editing (Bold, Italic, Heading, Link, Bullet points button).
If you would like to paste the text which was created in Microsoft Word document, the system will keep the original formatting due to the special plugin. For copying text from web pages we recommend using Paste as plain text button, which removes all formatting and hidden links from the pasted text.
To embed images and other items in the article, select a place and click on Insert Embed Content button.
By default the Search offers you Images. If you would like to embed an article or video (or any other type of content), switch from Image to Content. Use keywords and other search parameters to find the item you are looking for. When found, hit Attach. You can also embed External Media or Map.
In the pop-up window you can crop the image, enter your caption, select Size (large or small for article), add Graphic content warning layer or check the checkbox Keep aspect ratio if necessary. When ready with the settings, hit Embed.
Hit Add related items to select more articles on the topic.
Modifying search parameters or using keywords, select items and click Attach. Drag & drop to change the order of selected items. When done, click Save.
You can always add/remove related items by clicking on Edit related items.
Keep in mind, that on desktop computers Related will be displayed on the right from the text. In mobile version of the site related items will be placed under the article. At any time you can preview your article using Device Preview.
If you are done with your article, hit Save and Close. If you want to continue working on it, but want to make sure you saved your current work, hit Save.
That's about it when it comes to the basic article settings. For any additional settings (teaser images, comments, slug etc.) go to Settings.
In this part of the article we will take a closer look at all advanced settings available for article creation. They were split into 7 categories: General, Website Teaser, Social Media Teaser, Authors, Tags, Comments, Miscellaneous.
In General tab you will find such settings as:
- Time of update, as well as time of publication, is essential piece of information for the readers of news. Use Last Update field to inform your readers about the latest date and time of changes made in the article.
- Introduction. If your introduction should be part of the article, check the checkbox Display Introduction, otherwise it will only be visible on the widget level.
- Slug is extra text that will become visible part of your article URL. It helps to make your article more visible in search engines (Google). There is a possibility to use Convert to slug button located under Title field or to type it manually to the field URL Slug. Please note, that slug is not editable in Published status (more information about Search engines optimization here).
- Priority setting allows to "pin" an article to the top of the list for a specified period of time entered in Duration field (in hours). Please note, that in order to set up a priority for existing/published article, you need to change it's Publication Date and Time to now, otherwise priority will be automatically removed after a few minutes.
- Dateline is a brief piece of text included in news articles which describes where and when the story occured, or was written.
Dateline information added to the Dateline field will automatically appear in the beginning of the article.
In Website teaser tab you can add Teaser title, Introduction (displayed on widget level if widget and its layout support it) and Image, as well as select Loop video as a teaser for your article. The purpose of Teaser is to get the attention of readers and motivate them to open your article on section page. If you leave Teaser content options blank, teaser is automatically created from data set on the Article Editor page.
Social media teaser will appear when your article will be shared on Facebook, Twitter, VKontakte, Telegram, Messenger or other platforms that respect OpenGraph metadata.
If your article has main image and title added, 4 social media teasers will be automatically generated for you by combining the title, main image, and logo of your site. You can select the one most suitable by clicking on the option button above the image or select the default option Original image. If you would like to avoid duplication of the main title and introduction on the image, fill in the fields Title and Introduction in Social Media Teaser tab.
If you would like to choose a different image as your Social Media Teaser, click on Open Explorer button.
Authorship is needed to ensure that correct people will get the deserved recognition for their work as well as get rewarded for their contribution. To fulfil this role, Pangea recognizes two options of authorship - Authors and Contributors (for our freelance correspondents and contractors).
Contributors are used only internally by finance department to organize payroll and contributor's name will not be displayed on the front end of the site. The list of contributors is based on authors and photographers that have a Contributor ID assigned in Pangea System. If you need a Contributor ID please contact RFE/RL finance department.
Start typing author's/contributor's name in the field. You can add more than one author or contributor (or both).
Please note that in order to add an author or a contributor to the article, they have to be created in Pangea first (Settings > Authors > New Author).
Tags are used to search for articles in publisher and public site. Please note that special characters such as > and " are not supported and the length of the tag has to be longer than one character.
This tab allows you to turn on comments for your article. You can set up (for Pangea Comments):
- Status of the forum (Open/Closed).
- Maximum Nesting is a level of response to response (from no nesting allowed to 3).
- Expiration Date and Time (can be changed later on).
- Using Moderate Comments button you will be taken to the page with all pending and approved comments.
If your site is using Facebook comments, comments moderation is done on the FB's side.
If you would like for the Facebook comments to be enabled for your site, please contact Pangea Customer Care team.
In the Miscellaneous tab you will find such settings as:
- Trends. When checked, your article will be added to the Trends Watchlist. More information about Trends here.
- Article URL
- Field to leave Notes (for internal purposes, will not be visible on the site, maximum 1000 characters).
Please take a look at our video tutorial.