When you click on Content/Create Content, you have many options regarding what you can create.
While an article can look very similar to a page, their missions are quite different. Articles are used for promoting developments within your organization. By default, articles display when the article was published, who published it, as well as allowing comments, making them great for press releases and other announcements. Articles also appear on your organization’s front page by default, making it even easier to quickly share information. Unlike a page, an article probably will not still be on the front page of your website in another six months, but at the moment it is published, a article should be positioned to attract a large amount of attention from those visiting your website.
Forum topics appear only on the bulletin board section of your website, if you have one active. Like blog entries, most new forum topics written by your organization come from an individual rather than the organization as a whole, though this is not always the case. Furthermore, most forum topics do not need to address an issue in full. Generally, if something is being discussed in a bulletin board, it is because you are seeking input, reactions, or ideas from others. Forum topics are different from most other types of content listed above, as many sites allow site visitors to create their own forum topics.
The advantage to blogs is that they are more personal than other forms of content. Blogs are best used when the information which needs to be presented should come from an individual, rather than your organization as a whole. They can also be less formal than other types of content--though they do not have to be. Finally, a blog entry should not be used for something which needs to remain on the website for a long time. Whatever is included in the blog should be relevant to the moment it was written, or an observation which is timeless itself, but does not need a constant presence on the website. Your executive director's thoughts on the year ahead, or a teacher's summary of the last week's class projects are two good examples of content that is best expressed through a blog entry.
To add a blog post:
- From your front-end website, click the Content top menu
- Click the hyperlinked "Add Content" towards the top left hand corner of the screen
- Use the content type "Blog" to create your blog post
- Give your blog a title
- Compose your blog in the body of the screen
- Create tags by entering a comma-separated list of words to describe your content
- Upload an image if desired
- Select options for:
- Menu settings - provide menu link?
- URL path settings - generate automatic URL alias or create custom?
- Revision information - keep track of revisions
- Comment settings - "open" to allow users with the "Post comments" permission to post comments, "closed" to disallow posting of comments
- Authoring information - default is your user name and system date and time - you can alter both of these
- Publishing options - default is "published", additional options available to "promote to front page" and "sticky at top of list" so that later posts do not force it down in descending chronological order
A gallery allows you to upload one or several photos, pictures, logos, screenshots, or other image sources. These images are then integrated into a gallery with thumbnails across the bottom to see all the images and a featured image at the top. Arrows to the left and right of the featured image to allow you to scroll through and view all of the images in the gallery. A Gallery is by default published to the homepage and has the comments feature enabeld, allowing logged-in users to comment on the photo(s).