News articles are one of the most useful page elements on the platform as they allow you to share success stories, highlight athletes, and share general information with your membership. However, many SportsEngine users aren't getting the most out of the news article page element. Below, is a step-by-step and best practices tutorial for creating news articles and presenting them effectively.
Creating your first news article on your site may seem a little confusing as there isn't a dedicated admin where you create all articles. Instead you must first create a news aggregator or news slideshow. This page element acts as both a portal through which to display the content as well as the location in which to create the content.
NOTE: Depending on which tags are selected, the newly created article may not even appear in the aggregator it was created in. See the article on tags at the end of this for more details on how they work.
News Aggregators provide the ability to give a quick list of many articles in a small amount of space. They can show a headline, thumbnail image, and teaser or preview the text to draw the reader in.
NOTE: Unless you are a creating a feature length article that contains specific teaser which is different than the article itself, do not use it. Also, the preview text field should rarely be used and almost never presented in the aggregator (see Step 1 for details). If you use either of these, the expanded news aggregator article could display in an undesirable way.
News Slideshows only show news articles that have an image attached to the article header. If you create an article, but don't put an image in the header, it will not appear in the news slideshow. Additionally, if you plan to use slideshows, it is a good idea to use images that are shaped in accordance with the aggregator. Otherwise, you end up with cropped images or black bars on the top and bottom in the slideshow.
Notice how the teaser text draws you into the article but isn't actually the text of the article
Notice how this image is cropped on the top and bottom because it isn't the format of the slideshow
Once you select 'add' article from the aggregator or slideshow, you are presented with a variety of presentation options as well as fields to fill in the header information of the news article. This area is not the news article itself. Instead this is where you provide the basic information about the article This is the most common mistake people make when creating news articles is to try and write the whole article here.
Instead, follow the the best practices listed below to create engaging articles.
News Article 'Edit' Lightbox
Once you complete the article lightbox, you will be presented with the article itself. If you used the the recommendations for the top and bottom templates (see Steps 5 & 6), you will want to 'unlink' the top template and refresh the page. This will allow you to add content to it The bottom template shouldn't need to be edited so leave it linked so you can easily update them all en masse if needed at a future date.
After the page refreshes, you can add your news to the text block and any other page elements that would be appropriate. Some page elements that are particularly suited to the news article are:
Every organization should use sponsorships to help fund their activities. By providing logos and links on various pages, you provide value back to that sponsor. News articles are one of the most trafficked pages after your home page. Call out key sponsors or have a news sponsor for your news articles. Using the connected templates, you can update this after each season with a single change in the admin control panel.
Sponsor page elements within a connected template
Every news article you create should include links to your various social media accounts. This allows your users to easily navigate to those sites for more content about your organization. To add social media links to a news article, we recommend you include them in a news article template and place that template on the bottom of every page. Doing so, allows you to update them all at once should they change.
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