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Create an OC News Article page

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OC News Article pages are great for creating news content happening within your council or city.

The fields built into the content type enable you to easily present the news article's summary and categories, and gives you the ability to present the article to your homepage news listings.  

OC News Article pages can be created anywhere in your site tree. To keep the site tree organised, it may be helpful to create all OC News Article pages as under the News and Media branch of the site tree for example. Regardless of where you create them, they will still be pulled into your News listing page. 

How to create an OC News Article page

  1. Right-click in the site tree where you would like to create your article
  2. Select Create page
  3. Choose OC News Article as the content type
  4. Select a template for your news article from the Template Name dropdown menu
  5. Fill out the necessary fields
  6. Publish your page

OC News Article pages have 3 templates available to choose from the template name drop-down: OC Default, OC Full Width or OC With Full Width Image.  See the Available News Templates page for examples.

The Template name dropdown menu on a news page

What to include on your OC News Article page

Use the following information to fill out OC News Article page fields:

Field Function/Display
Page name Completes the unique Page URL
News title The name displayed in the news listing page and as the title of the page. The title has a limit of 70 characters
Add news summary A brief overview of the news article for listing pages and search results. The summary has a limit of 400 characters
Add official publish date Selected date of publication. The module will use this date to organize articles in your listing
Select news categories

The categories associated with the news article. These categories are also used as a search filter on the news article listing page

Note: Site Managers or System Administrators can customize the preset options available for news categories, before content authors start creating content. Visit our Manage the News module article for more details on how to do this.
Add main image

Main image for the news article used in the listing page and on the OC News Article page

Note: When choosing an image, make sure it is at least 900px wide. This size will work for all templates available.

Choose how this content will display on homepage listings

This dropdown menu will give you 3 options:

  1. Show on homepage listing (default): news articles will show as normal on the homepage listing, determined by the Add official publish date field 
  2. Pin to homepage listing: article will be pinned to the homepage listing to show regardless of publish date
  3. Do not show on homepage listing: article will not display on the homepage listing
Supporting information
Provide Contact Email

Email of the contact person or organization

Additional side panels (only for templates with side panels) Add additional side panel content using a WYSIWYG editor. Use the field provided to name the panel and the 'edit' button to open the WYSIWYG editor.
Add supporting links News related internal and/or external links
Add supporting documents News related documentation
Add common search terms people would use when looking for this content News keywords or metadata to boost page in search results 
Content labels These labels organize your content internally (i.e. your site visitors won’t see the labels). You can make content lists out of these labels.

Next steps:

  1. Learn more about OC News Article templates
  2. Manage your News module
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