(Use of Classic Editor is assumed)
For a news item, you will need
- A title
- A subtitle – a sentence or two which will appear under the title on the front page of the website in the summary of news items.Try not to repeat words in each item – the title and subtitle should complement each other and provide a concise summary of the news item, including key information such as date and venue.
- The content of the news items, which ideally should include
- The actual words to use
- Clarity about which images/PDF’s should be included in the text, and which should be available via links in the text.
- The source – a statement making it clear where the information has come from, unless from the PC itself
- An expiry date, for when the item should stop being a current news item and move into the news archives (default is three weeks)
- A featured image, which will appear on the front page of the website beside the headlines
Suggest you keep a folder on your laptop, maybe on the desktop, to contain all the images and attachments. This will make it easier when you come to upload them to the website. Will refer to this as <local folder>.
Decide if Word documents should be turned to PDF.
For PDF you might want to do a screenshot of all or part of the first page which can be saved as an image to embed in the post, and linked to the PDF. Easiest if the JPG and the PDF have the same name.
The featured image should be square, so you may want to crop one of the relevant images. You may need to go to the linked websites to find a suitable image.
Prepare all material in <local folder>
Login to the admin section of the website.
Media > Add new: Drag items from <local folder> onto designated upload area. (alternatively you can do this while editing the post.)
New > Post
Enter Title at top, where it says Enter Title Here
Copy subtitle and content into the main editing area.
Insert the <more> option to separate the sub-title from the rest of the content.
Try to have a new-line before and after the <more>
Make sure headings are styled Heading 2, or 3 as appropriate. (The title will be a Heading 1, and does not need repeating in the content)
Put the Source at the end of the post and into italics.
Ideally “attachments” should be copied and included within the body of the news item so as to reduce the number of clicks a user needs to read the post. If attachments are essential, link them either
- via a URL (see below), or
- via bulleted URLs, or
- as a document gallery (see preparing posts for meeting)
Avoid having Word documents as attachments because a browser will download them, rather than open them, and this confuses users. Either convert to PDF, or copy the text into the post itself.
Avoid full URL links. Set them up to be linked with appropriately worded action text.
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Registration is now open for the next Thames WaterBlitz between the 26th and 29th of April. Please follow the steps on the video to register for the event and request your free Freshwater Watch kit. Don’t forgot to register before 21st April to allow time for testing kits to be posted.
If you are interested in seeing the data collected during previous WaterBlitz events and getting to know more about your local freshwater environment, please visit the Freshwater Links platform.
Set category to news
Set expiry date and time as required, and make sure it expires as oldnews.
Set featured image, using image uploaded already (or upload it now)
No tags (they are used for meetings)
Finish by pressing Publish
View the post to make sure it looks appropriate.
Check the front page to make sure title and sub-title look appropriate and that the featured image is aligning properly and is suitable. Is the [read more..] on a separate line?
When you edit again, the Publish button changes to Update