Tags are a categorization tool used to determine what content shows in the content modules on your site. Tags are also used to generate RSS feeds and to enable menu highlighting (when the active page is highlighted in a site's navigation menu).
Creating New Tags
The tag editor allows you to create and maintain your site's tag structure. Access the Tags editor by selecting "Tags" in the left-hand menu in Rivista.
To create a new tag:
1. Go to the tags section of the Rivista editor.
2. Click on the New button at the bottom of this section.
3. Give the tag the title you'd like it to have.
4. If you want the tag available in all of your publications, leave the Publication setting on "All Publications." If you would like the tag to be available in a single publication, select it in the Publication dropdown menu.
5. The Parent Tag setting lets you create a subtag structure. (See Best Practices below for more information.) If you would like this tag to nest under another one, set the Parent Tag. If not, leave this setting blank.
6. The Display Order setting can be used to order tags. This can be left blank, or filled in with a number to change the order in which tags appear.
7. Save the tag
Tags and RSS feeds
Tags can be used to generate RSS feeds--links to articles that have been tagged with an RSS feed's tag will be included in the feed.
You can either make a tag that you use specifically for the purpose of an RSS feed or you can use one of the tags already in use on your site and turn it into an RSS feed as well.
Note that there there can only have one tag per RSS feed; you cannot choose a group of tags to feed a single RSS feed.
For more information, see the Create an RSS Feed tutorial.
How tags traffic content to the modules on your site
Most Rivista site homepages and landing pages include one or more content modules that pull in lists of teasers that to link to content such as articles, galleries, links, pages or SDE data.
Content list modules also allow you to select what tags to use to pull content into the list. For example, if you want only articles tagged with "Featured Stories" to appear in a content list, you would select the "Featured Stories" tag in the tag selection settings for the module. And, when you create article content, if you want the article to show in your Featured Stories module, you would select the "Featured Stories" tag in the article's tag selector.
Tag links in content module teasers
Content modules can be set up to show the tags associated with an article as part of the article teaser. The tag name links to either an archive of all the articles tagged with that tag or to a specific URL specified in the tag's settings.
Tags & Menu Highlighting
In order to make the active menu item in a site's navigation menu highlighted, both the menu item and the page associated with that menu item must be tagged with the same tag. For example, if you want "News" to be highlighted in your navigation when a site visitor is looking at your "News" page, you would select the same "News" tag in both the News menu item and the News page settings.
Tags and blogs
An important step in blog setup process is creating a tag for the blog that is associated with the blog publication. This tag must be selected whenever a new blog issue period is created in order for blogs and their respective modules to function properly.
For more information about blogs, see: Create a New Blog
Tag Naming and Organization
We recommend creating a tagging structure that mirrors the organization on the pages of your website. For example, you should have a main level tag for each page and then subtags for the content modules on each page. A community website might have the following tags:
Things to Do
- Community Resources
- Featured Articles
- More Articles
- Recent Happenings
- Charities & Non-Profit News
In this scenario, "Things to Do" and "News" correspond with pages in the site's main navigation and "Event Articles," "Photo Galleries," and "Community Resources" are tags used for content modules on the Things to Do page. Content modules on your site pull in a list of content, depending on which tags are selected for that module.
In this example, the "Events," "Photos" and "Community Resources" tags would all have "Things to Do" as a parent tag.