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Creating a New Article

Adding new content to your site is easy, especially in categorised sites where you can simply post a new article to the appropriate Category and it will automatically appear on your live website.

In this article we look only at adding text, please see the rest of our series of guides for information on managing and adding media (pictures, video etc.) to your website.

To add a new article to your website first login to your control panel and access the Article Manager from the Content menu.

 

Click the "New" button towards the top right of the page to open the editor to create a new Article

Firstly enter a Title for your new Article, this will be shown at the top of the page when displayed on your site, and at the top of summary extracts of your article used on other pages unless you configure the Title to be hidden on the Menu Item that links to it, or on the Article Advanced Parameters as described later in this guide.

In most cases you will want to leave the Alias field empty and let the website automatically create an Alias based on your Title. The Alias will be used to create a search engine friendly URL (address) to this page (i.e. if your Title was My New Article the automatic Alias, and therefore page address, would be my-new-article.html).

 

If your Article is to be part of a categorised structure, select the relevant Section and Category using the drop-down lists as shown above. Otherwise, if the new page is to be stand-alone and only accessible from a new Menu Item you plan on creating, select Uncategorised from the Section list.

Now you can type your new content, or copy and paste it from a word processor or text editor.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We strongly recommend you copy and paste only unformatted text, most modern operating systems will try to also copy any styling you may have applied if you copy and paste from a word processor or similar program. While you may on the surface think this is a good thing as it allows you to format the text as you want it before creating the page, you stand a very high risk of this causing the font, line spacing, font sizes, colours and more being different on this new page to the rest of your website. For consistent branding and a professional look this must be avoided and your website template be allowed to apply it's default formatting to maintain this consistancy throughout your website. To avoid this issue, copy and paste any text from a word processor or similar program into a NOTEPAD or other pure text document to remove any formatting first, then copy and pasting the new clean text from notepad into the edit Article window. Now use the controls provided in your control panel editor to apply any changes such as alignment, italics, bold or bullet points. If in doubt, just type your article directly into your website editor.

To create headings and other titles within your Article highlight the text you wish to make a heading and then use the drop down list "Paragraph" on the editor tool bar to select one of the Heading styles.

For best practise and, for some search engines, best search engine rankings, make sure that you provide some Metadata by using the Metadata Information drop down box to the right (see screen-shot above). Here you should write a short accurate description on the contents or purpose of your new page in the Description field, and then add relevant keywords, separated by commas, in the Keywords field. These will be used by some internet search engines to understand your website and content and how they should index your site in their listings.

For those of you with some skills in HTML you can also directly view and edit the code behind this article by clicking the HTML button on the editor tool bar, the HTML code will open in a new window. This allows you to use offline design tools to create you articles and then copy and paste the HTML directly in. Again though make sure that you clean the HTML code of font and formatting tags as much as possible to allow the website to correct display the page with the same look and feel as the rest of the site.

In our earlier Editing an Existing Article guide we introduced you to Read More breaks. These are used to separate a summary of your article from the body so that, if you choose, just the content above the Read More break is summarised on certain pages, with the rest of the article being hidden behind a "Read More" button which displays the whole article when clicked.

If you wish to make use of this facility, and your website structure supports it (uses one or more Category Blog views for the Category you're adding this Article to), just click to place your cursor where you want the Read More break to appear in your text, and click the "Read more..." button at the bottom of the editor.

In the above screen-shot you can see we've inserted a Read More break after the first paragraph.

Finally you may wish to set how the page is displayed when viewed from a Category Blog summary page, using the Parameters (Advanced) box to the right of the Add New Article page, as shown below.

 

Most of the options should be self explanatory, note though that if your users access this page from a Menu Item the settings in the Menu Manager for that link will override any settings made here. These defaults are applied when the Article is opened from a Category List or Blog view.

When you're happy with your new content, either click Apply and review your page in another window to check for final changes or edits. Or click Save to both apply the changes and close the editor.

 

 

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