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.
Tip: If you publish a news article and you see the URL ends in a /node/### that is a sign your article is not nested. Please follow the "Before you hit Publish" instructions below.
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 Managing Images and Documents section in the Drupal Basics Training Guide.
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.
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.
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.
Before You Hit Publish
Before publishing your news article, it's important to nest the article in your navigation. We talk about this process on the Adding New Pages page. This is the process of choosing where in your navigation the news articles will live. Typically, news articles are nested under a Robust 3-Column page called "News" or "Updates" etc. If you already have this page created, please following the steps in the Adding New Pages instructions for nesting your article before you hit publish so that your news article has a proper URL path and breadcrumbs.
For questions or help with your news articles please email firstname.lastname@example.org.