Adding Pages Articles and News to Your Tendenci Website
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Adding Pages Articles and News to Your Tendenci Website

>>Sarah: In this help video I want to talk
a little bit about how you add content to your website, via articles,
news, and pages. Artiles, News and Pages can all be found inside
your content menu from the admin bar and to add a new one you
simply click the green button to add a new page, news or article item. The
way those pages, articles and news are used in your site is a little bit different, but
adding content to them is very similar. News items would be stories that are about
your community or organization or written by your marketing and PR team that
talk about what’s going on. Artiles can be a lot like blog posts or they
can be updates or announcements for members. They are very good for an number
of different…just general content items that you guys are going to be posting frequently and pages are the
core of the content on your site. As you know, there’s the homepage and then there’s internal
pages. Those pages, when you add a new page, automatically go up in the main navigation
menu options so that you can then add it to the main menu and other navigations if you like. To
come over and see the inside of each of these… here’s adding a page. The body and the style for
adding them is very similar. Each of them will have a title bar and you can type the title of the page and
the URL path will automatically be generated for you. If you want to change it though… You simply go in… and
you can make the URL whatever custom URL you would like to do. Then you can add the body of the content.
You are able to do a lot inside this WYSIWYG editor, which is very much like going in to a Word Document or if
you’ve been on a WordPress website before and done any content updates, this is starting to become more universal
for adding and editing text and images on the web. So you’ll have seen some of these where you
can bold, italicize, underline your text. You’ve got your options for formatting based on the size of the header
or paragraph. There’s bullets, tables, centering things. You can past from Word if you’re pasting from
a Word Document and it will remove some of that formatting that Word likes to add in. You
can even change the color of your text here. One of the cool things you are able to do is upload and insert
media so you can come in and upload spreadsheet templates and PDFs. And we’ll open up a couple and insert
them. So here’s a PDF and a spreadsheet and when I insert those you see they put the
little graphic next to it that shows this is a CSV spreadsheet file and here’s a PDF so that members, when you
save this, can go in and download and use the documents, fill them out, submit them, read what information’s on them,
however you’ve been trying to using them. You can also go into the WYSIWYG editor and edit the source code and
you see we’ve got some of the HTML in there and if you wanted to edit or add anything there you could do that.
Tags allow people to search by them, so we could have one called documentdownloads and anytime I added a page
or document with this tag it would be searchable. And then here’s your permissions. Each page, article and news content
item has these content specific permissions based on groups, members, or individual users being able to view or
change them or you can have the public view them. And this allows you to really customize what you’re putting up there. You
can have internal documents that only your staff should be seeing. You could have a volunteer group with volunteer updates for
an event for what the different roles should be that only those volunteers are able to view and see. It gives you a lot of
flexibility and protection in controlling the content that you have online so you can access the information from any internet capable
device anywhere for your organization and know that only the people that should have access to it do. We also have the ability
here to add different categories and adding a new category is very easy. … You simply type that in… and it shows
up in the drop box and this is a new site we’re setting up so that is the first category and sub category that we’ve added.
You can add a second one, the same way and now they both will show up and this will now
be saved on your site across all pages. When you come
down to categories those options will be there. And then you have the ability to add SEO Meta. If you’ve got somebody helping you
or if you are familiar with using Search Engine Optimization keywords then you would basically want to have those keywords come in for the
page based on what is going on with the page, the canonical URL, the description and that helps make sure you get found in the search
engines. So you can add the page… you’ll see this is what it looks like with these
hyperlinks to download these files and we can also come
up here to the main navigation… And you’ll see that now the new page is available if we want to add it to our main navigation items.
So adding content via articles and news is very similar and the only difference between articles and news and pages is how
content can be displayed on your site. Articles and news do not get added to the navigation menu page so you would not be able to just
link them over there. There are tricks to do that and that is in a help file and we
can always help you if you have questions about that.
Articles also have this summary item so that you can summarize what it’s going to be about. It will use that to display a short intro
to what it is inside the search box. The same WYSIWYG body and you have the tags and with
articles and news it has a source and a website for
that source in case it’s from some other place or someone’s contributing to your site with
their own content. It has a release date and time
including a drop down for the time zone. Then you can determine whether it’s featured content, official content. You can add a contact name
for who wrote the article. This is really great for promoting your members and your
sponsors if they are going to be guests and contribute to your
website with content about them, here’s the information that would be displayed publicly or to anyone who has permissions to view this
site. So for example, here if you set this to be members only, the contact information
in the entire article would only be available for
your members to view. So that would be adding an article and then adding a news story is very much the same as adding an article. You
see the body title, it has the source, it also has the release date and the contact
information. The way that the news is a little bit different
is that when you set up your site out of the box it already has the news in here and it
will allow you pull it to the homepage into the content,
a little bit different from the articles. As I’ve shown in a previous video with this you have featured news and featured articles,
this let’s you customize these two different types of content specifically to pull in how
you want to in your site. So inside these spaces
one of them can be articles and the other can be news and those can have different topics and themes. For examples, your news could
be your press releases and what’s going around what your organization is accomplishing, where
as the articles could be things that are what
your members are writing about and contributing to and what information would help with your cause, for example and how people could get
involved. So that’s adding content to a Tendenci website. And there’s a lot more to come in future videos so keep watching.

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