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Creating a Backgrounder


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What is a Backgrounder?

A Backgrounder is a simplified version of an article that contains background information on a specific topic. You can embed a Backgrounder into another content item (such as an article). The Backgrounder is visually separated from the main article content.

A Backgrounder is designed primarily as embedded content. It is not promoted automatically as a stand-alone content item. For example, a Backgrounder is not included on a Category archive page, and is not automatically displayed via widgets. A Backgrounder is also not accessible via Search on the public website.

NOTE: Although a Backgrounder is not automatically promoted on the public website, it still has its own URL. If necessary, you can use the URL to set up a manual link to the Backgrounder page (for example, on a Content widget with Manual mode enabled).



Create a Backgrounder

NOTE: The steps below explain how to complete the required settings only, then save and publish the Backgrounder. Other sections in this article describe the optional settings.

To create a Backgrounder:

  1. Click New > Content > Backgrounder in the top menu.
  2. Enter a Title at the top of the page.
  3. Click inside the text box and add the Backgrounder content. A Backgrounder can include text, as well as embedded content (such as images). For information about the options available via CKEditor, refer to the following article:
  4. If you want the Backgrounder to be available as an embed immediately after you save it, use the drop-down menu at the top of the screen to set the status to Published. You can optionally schedule publication.
  5. Click Save or Save & close to confirm and apply your preferences.

The Backgrounder is now created. If the status is Published, the Backgrounder can immediately be embedded.

If you need to edit the Backgrounder later, you can find it using the Pangea CMS Search tool.




Manage settings

The different settings options are visible under Settings in the left panel.


The following options are available:



General

The following options are available:

  • Post type: This setting is not valid and will be removed in a future release.
  • Status: Adjust the status for the Backgrounder.
    NOTE: If you remove the Published status, the Backgrounder disappears on any content pages where it is currently embedded.

  • Publication date & time: Adjust the publication date and time for the Backgrounder. Optionally schedule publication.
  • Last update: Specify when the Backgrounder was last updated.
  • Title: Adjust the Backgrounder Title. This text is applied as the default title on the embedded Backgrounder. The default title can be adjusted individually for each embed.


Tags

Adding tags for a Backgrounder may help you to conveniently find the Backgrounder in Pangea CMS. You can run a search for all content that is assigned to a particular tag using the Pangea CMS Search tool.



Miscellaneous

Retrieve the URL for the Backgrounder page, or add internal notes that are visible only via the Backgrounder Settings. Notes are not searchable in Pangea CMS and are not visible on the public website.




Embed the Backgrounder

You can embed a Backgrounder on any text-based content page in Pangea CMS. This includes articles, feature stories, and other content types available via New > Content in the top menu.

The instructions below explain how to embed a Backgrounder into an article:

  1. Open the edit screen for the article where you want to embed the Backgrounder. Ensure Editor is selected in the left panel.
  2. Position the cursor where you want to embed the Backgrounder. Then, click the Insert Embed Content icon in the CKEditor bar.
  3. Click Content in the left panel.
  4. Under Content type, select Backgrounder.
  5. Adjust the remaining search parameters if necessary, then click Search.

    IMPORTANT: To find a Backgrounder with the Scheduled status, you may need to select All under Publication date. If Last 30 days is selected, the search results do not include items that are scheduled for publication on a future day.

  6. Click Attach (the plus icon) next to the Backgrounder you want to embed.
  7. Specify the following details on the Attach Backgrounder dialog:
    • Caption: Optionally customize the title that will be displayed at the top of the embedded Backgrounder.
    • Display: Specify where on the page the embedded Backgrounder will be displayed.
  8. Click Attach.

The Backgrounder is now embedded on the content page. Changes are not applied on the public website until you click Save or Save & close.




Schedule publication

It is possible to schedule publication of a Backgrounder for a specific time and date in the future. You can then embed the Backgrounder on another content page while publication is scheduled. The embedded Backgrounder is hidden on the public website and will not be visible on the published content page until after the scheduled publication time.

Follow these steps:

  1. Use the drop-down menu at the top of the Backgrounder edit screen to select the Published status.
  2. Click General in the left panel. Under Publication date & time, enter the time and date when you want the Backgrounder to be visible.
  3. Click Save or Save & close to confirm and apply your preferences.

The Backgrounder is now saved and available in Pangea CMS with the Scheduled status.

You can embed the Backgrounder on another content page. After you embed the Backgrounder, it shows with the Scheduled status on the edit screen for the content page. This means it is not yet visible on the public website

To find a Backgrounder with the Scheduled status using the Pangea CMS Search tool, you may need to select All under Publication date. If Last 30 days is selected, the search results do not include items that are scheduled for publication on a future day.




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