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Knowledge Base:  Design - Site Editor:  News

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A “News” page/section is a blog, where you can post articles for other to read. You 
can classify your articles in 'groups', and optionally allow your site's users and 
visitors to leave comments. 
You use the News Editor to create, edit, delete and manage your postings, and 
the comments your users and visitors have left. 
The News Editor has 3 main buttons - “Add Post”, “Add Group” and “Settings” - as 
well as 2 sub-section - “Modify/Delete Post” and “Modify/Delete Group”.



a typical news page, listing articles the visitor can click on to read in detail

Add Post Button
Click this button to add a new article to the blog. Having clicked the button, your 
options will be:

Title: the headline of the article. 
Group: if you have defined groups to categorise your articles, select to which 
group this article belongs – see “Add Group Button” below. 
Commenting: if “Disabled”, users and visitors are not allowed to leave comments 
about this article. Select “Private” to allow only registered users to leave 
comments, or “Public” to also allow comments from anonymous site visitors. 
Visitor comments can be moderated (edited and deleted) – see the “Modify/Delete 
Post” section below. 
Active: if “Yes”, then the article is listed and appears in the news page. If “No”, then 
the article is not included in the list – useful for removing an article from the news 
page without having to delete it. 
Short: a 'lead-in' or 'teaser' for your article – a couple of lines of text that should 
entice the reader to read more. 
Long: your actual article. 
Save/Cancel Buttons: after entering all information as needed, click “Save” to save 
the article, or “Cancel” to return to the News Editor without saving your changes.  
If you use a WYSIWYG Editor, then you will be able to format the “Short” and “Long” 
fields, using lists, tables and images, to enhance the presentation of your articles. 
Site Editor ships with only one editor, but you can visit the Add-Ons Repository for 
alternatives. 
Add Group Button
“Groups” are categories that you can use to classify your news articles. You can 
associate a picture with a group, and the group picture may be displayed in all 
articles belonging to that group. You can also 'deactivate' – ie., hide – a group, 
thereby hiding all articles that belong to that group from the article list.          

Click the “Add Group” button to create a new group. This will give you the following 
options:

Title: the name of the group/category. 
Image: an optional image, from your hard drive, to be associated with the group – 
click the “Browse...” button to select it. Please note, that the group image may be 
resized, depending on your settings – see the “Resize Image To” option in 
the “Settings Button” section below. 
Active: if “Yes”, then the articles belonging to this group will be listed and will 
appear in the news page. If “No”, then the articles are not included in the list – 
useful for removing a group of articles from the news page without having to 
delete them. 
Save/Cancel Buttons: after entering all information as needed, click “Save” to save 
the article, or “Cancel” to return to the News Editor without saving your changes.   
Settings Button
Clicking this button takes you to the “Settings” page of your blog, where you can 
specify several preferences that control the way your blog functions, as well as its 
layout structure.

The fields that control the layout structure of your blog use a mixture of html, css 
and Site Editor markup code are shown below:

Header, Post Loop & Footer: together, they build the main article list 
Post Header & Post Footer: used in the article page, respective before and after 
the article's content 
Comments Header, Comments Loop & Comments Footer: together, they build 
the comments list that may appear after the article, in the article page – when 
users/visitors have left comments. 
Comments Page: a heading for the comment submission page – the page 
users/visitors are taken to, when they click the “Add Comment” link below an 
article. 
If you know html and css, after studying the default content of these layout 
structure fields, you should be able to change them, if needed, to achieve a totally 
different structure and look for your news section or page. 
Other options and preferences available here are:

Posts Per Page: if “Unlimited” is selected, all your articles – regardless how many 
you may have – will be listed in one, single, long list. You may, if needed, select a 
maximum number of articles per page here, and Site Editor will automatically 
divide and 
paginate the list for you. 
Commenting: select here the default comment setting for all new articles. Options 
are: 
Disabled: comments are not allowed. 
Private: the “Add Comment” link is only displayed once a user has logged in – only 
registered users will be allowed to leave comments.  
Public: the “Add Comment” link is always displayed, and everyone – including 
anonymous visitors – will be allowed to leave comments. 
Changing this setting only affects future articles – it will not change the 
Commenting setting in existing articles! 
Captcha Verification: if “Enabled”, the comment page will contain a captcha field, 
useful in preventing non-human visitors – such as spammers' automated bots - 
from spamming your blog.

a typical captcha verification field  
Resize Image To: you can use this setting to specify a maximum size for images 
for article groups. If set to anything other than “None”, the image will be scaled 
down, if needed, to fit within the selected square size – specified in pixels. 
Changing this setting here only affects future images that you select for groups – it 
will not rezise existing images! 
Save/Cancel Buttons: after entering all information as needed, click “Save” to save 
the new settings, or click “Cancel” - to return to the News Editor without saving 
your changes.  
To resize existing group images: 
1) select here the new image size you wish the group to have 
2) delete the image from the group 
3) re-import the image for the group, and save. 
Modify/Delete Post
Use the list in this section manage existing news articles, and the comments 
attached to an article.To reorder the articles, use their “up” and “down” icons. To 
delete an article, click on its “delete” icon.

  

respectively, the “up”, “down” and “delete” icons

To edit an existing article, or to manage user/visitor comments about an article, 
click on the article's title, or on its “Modify” icon – you will then enter the article 
editing page. 
the article title is displayed next to the Modify icon

The controls for editing the article are exactly the same as those used for creating 
it – see Admin->Pages->Modify Page->News->Add Post. 
At the very bottom of the article editing page, you will see a sub-section 
title “Modify/Delete Comment”. This contains a list of comments left by visitors. 
You can click on a comment title to view it, or click on its “delete” icon to delete it.  

Modify/Delete Group
Use the list in this section manage article groups. To reorder the groups, use 
their “up” and “down” icons. To delete group, click on its “delete” icon. 

   

respectively, the “up”, “down” and “delete” icons

To edit an existing group, click on its title, or on its “Modify” icon – you will then 
enter the group editing page.


The article title is displayed next to the Modify title

The controls for editing the group are almost the same as those used for creating 
it – see Admin->Pages->Modify Page->News->Add Group. The main difference 
being, that if the group already has an image assigned to it, you will be able to 
view it, delete it, and reassign a new one, if needed.


choosing whether to view or delete an existing group image

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