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The School News is probably the most read component of any school website.

Using a blog format, you can easily keep your website fresh and up to date just by posting messages to your School_News Blog.

The image below shows your School_News container along with some key features numbered (explanations below).

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1  New Message Button
If you click on the New Message Button a special message form will open so that you can send a new post to your blog.
The form is a slightly customized message form that contains an image field in which you can paste a thumbnail picture.  

NOTE:  Make sure to enter at least 100 characters of text at the beginning of your news post BEFORE you put in any pictures or links as these objects do not work in the preview and you will get unfavorable results

2 Publish / Un-Publish
The Publish and Un-Publish buttons work on any and all messages that are selected at the time the buttons are clicked.  Clicking on the Publish button makes the selected post(s) visible on the web - which they are by default.  

If you click the Un-Publish button, the selected item(s) will turn light grey and become italicized, indicating that they will not be visible on the web.  

Note:  If you view a post on the web, and then Un-Publish it, that post may still be visible in your browser until the cache is cleared, however, new visitors to your site will not see uu-published items.


3 Expire Posts
Posts made to an RWD blog can be set to disappear after a prescribed amount of time.  If you select a message in your list (by clicking on it) and then click the Expire Today button, the message will be displayed in your blog/feed on the web until the next day after which it will have been deleted from your News Blog Container.  The other buttons represent useful time periods for message expiry.  Custom expiry periods are unfortunately not supported.

4 Display Title on the Web
This field contains the text that will be displayed on the web to represent the message you've just posted.  Use this field to give users a meaningful title for you post but keep your words to a minimum so that they fit in the available space.

To add or edit the Disaplay Name after you have posted a message you can either open the message and edit the subject field, or, in the list view of the slideshow container (as the image above shows), click ONCE in the Display Name area of the row you wish to edit, wait a moment, and then click ONCE more - the idea is not to double-click the item or it will just open the PDF.
If you do this correctly, you will be able to type into the Display Name field.

NOTE:  If you edit a post (message), it will rise to the top of the list on the web as if it was a new item!

5 Name
The name field shows the author of the message.  In some cases, you may wish to display this data (using a configuration form), however, most of the time it is not displayed on the web.

6 Summary Preview
When you enter text in a message post, a preview of the contents of a message is automatically populated in a the preview field after you send the message.   

Note: Take care NOT to put images or links or tables at the very top of message posts as these do not translate well into the preview.  One or two sentances is enough text before you can start adding the images and links.

7 Last Modified
In a Content Library, which is the preferred way to display file lists, you can use a configuration form to apply a sort based on the Display Name and a few other options.  If, however, you use a list view (such a static list), The documents will sort themselves such that the most recent file is at the top of the list.  This is normally fine, since news items are added to sequentially. This field simply shows you the file dates so that you can understand how the list will be sorted on the web if no config file is used

The file name of the image is normally not something you will concern yourself with.  You should never need to change this value.  

8 Alt URL
The Alternative URL field allows you to enter a post into your news, but then have the user taken to another URL when they go to read that post.  This is not normally very useful with Messages as usually you want a web visitor to read your message and then click a link inside that post to go wherever you want them to go.  In some cases however, it is appropriate.

The address can be any valid web address, including places within your current site.  All links MUST be enclosed within a set of square brackets - [ ].
For example, if you wished to link a slide in the slideshow to the Athletics Department Home Page, your Link To URL would be as follows:

[/Departments/Athletics/Home Page/]

The first / is an indication to the browser that the path is starting from the root of the site.  Each container down the list has to be listed, in order, with another / separating them.  The last item in the link will be the name of the page you wish to open.  The final / in the example above is not required, however it is best practice to end with this / character in order to tell the browser to stop looking further.

Note: linking to any page in the site called "Home Page" does not require that you enter that page name as it will automatically open, however, it is best practice to specifically name all end points, including Home Page as performance is better when this is done.

Links to outside websites must have the entire web syntax:  Eg:  [http://www.google.com]

9 Open In (window)
.You can have Alternative URL's open in the current browser window, a new window (or tab), or in a modal window (lightbox).  
You determine this by entering one of:

New  - opens the target in a new window or tab
Modal - opens the target in a modal lightbox

Leave the field blank for the default behaviour of replacing the current browser window with the target URL