Learn About News Articles

The News Article content type is a templated content type used to display items like announcements or news articles on the website.

News Articles aren't initially turned on for most websites. If you know your website will use News Articles and would like them added to your site, please contact us by submitting a help desk ticket to let us know and we will work with you to set this up.

Creating a News Article

To create a news article, please go to Content > Add Content > News Article.

Make sure to provide a menu link for all news articles. This will ensure that breadcrumbs and the URL are both set up properly. For more information on nesting pages, please review our Updating Page Names and Hierarchy page.

Image Tab

You can choose an image from your Media Library or upload a new image. When an image is added to the Image tab, the image will appear in the upper right-hand corner of the article and will be the preview image for the article used in a view. Drupal will automatically crop the image to fit into the square space. This space is formatted and the size cannot be changed.

For a refresher on how to add or update media, please review our Adding Media section in the Drupal Basics Training Guide.

Content Tab

Article Date

You can add the date an article was originally published. For example, if an article was supposed to be published a month ago, you have the ability to backdate the article to that date. A view will also be set up to display news articles chronologically based on the article date, so please make sure this date is accurate.

Article Summary

An Article Summary is used to give a short preview of the article to a user. The summary will only be present on the news article view and not on the news article itself. You can access the article summary by clicking on the 'Edit Summary' link by the Content header. The summary field is a plain text field, so you can only add in text.

We strongly recommend utilizing the summary to offer a preview of the article so you can control the text shown in the view. If a summary is not provided, the first 100 characters will be shown in the page view.

Article Link

If you would like to provide a link to an external source, such as to the Daily or to another news outlet, you can use the Article Link section to do so. 

Make sure to use descriptive link text to explain to a user where the link is taking them. For more information on descriptive link text, please review our page on Web Writing.