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Create a new article

Overview

The instructions here give an overview of the article creation process, focusing on the essential settings.

Before You Begin

Before diving into creating an article, you should have an understanding of:

Steps

1) Open The New Article Page

From within the Publishing tab in Rivista (Figure 1: A), click the Article Manager on the navigation menu on the left (Figure 1: B). Click the green New Article button at the top of the page (Figure 1: C).

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Figure 1: New Article button in the Article Manager

2) Provide The Basics For The Article  

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Figure 2: Article Basics
  1. Give the article a Title (Figure 2: A). The title will appear at the top of the article and as a link in content lists. 
    Note: If you to use a different title than the one that appears at the top of the article as the link in your content lists, you can give the article a Teaser Title in the Teaser Content section. 
  2. Determine if the article should be published or not (Figure 2: B). If you plan to publish the article immediately upon saving, then check the Published checkbox, otherwise, leave it unchecked for now. 
    Note: For more information on article publish settings, see Publish and preview articles

Learn more about the fields in the Basics section:

Setting
Description
Category

Select a Category, or leave as default.

Note: Categories are used as an organization tool within Rivista and do not affect how content is displayed on your website. Categories can be useful for sites with a large volume of article content, but this is not commonly used functionality. 

HTML ID

Default Field - Should not need to be edited in normal article creation.

The HTML ID is automatically generated and can be used for CSS targeting. Note: CSS targeting for a specific article page is an advanced concept and is rarely used.

Publish On

Set a date and time in the future if you want the page to automatically publish on that date and time. You can set this to a past date and time for date display and sorting purposes, but be sure to check the published checkbox when doing this.

Note: Dates and times shown use the timezone specified in the timezone settings in the Configuration Options of the Publication in the Publication Manager or in the global Administration settings.

Publish Settings

Published content is available to all visitors. Unpublished content can only be accessed by appending ?previewmode=on to the url. Check the box to publish immediately upon save.

Note: If an article belongs to an unpublished issue period, the article will not be published until the issue period is published. This allows you to enter several new articles in an unpublished issue period and publish them all at once by publishing the issue period to which they belong. To learn more about publishing and previewing articles, see Publish and preview articles

Title

The title of the article. This can be displayed on the article page and will be displayed in list modules (unless overridden by Teaser Title).

Note: Writing descriptive article titles is an important SEO strategy. See Before You Begin: Optimizing SEO When Creating Articles - moved to KB for more information.

3) Specify Location Information  

The Location of the article determines the default URL. When creating an article, you can create either an In Issue or Standalone URL. By default, articles will be created In Issue.

 

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Important Things To Note about Article Location: 

  • Your site should have a policy for how to handle Article Location. If you do not, read Choosing between In Issue and Standalone Articles.
  • If you need to have a URL for your article that is different than the Article Title, you can customize the URL in the article's URL field. To understand how URLs are assigned, read the tutorial URL structure.
  • For existing articles, the Current URL field will display a link to open the URL in a new browser tab with the ?previewmode=on parameter added to the URL. This will bypass caching to show all recent changes, and it will also make it possible to view unpublished articles as they will appear to your readers.

 

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Figure 3: Article location settings for an In Issue article

To create an In Issue article: 

  1. Leave In Issue selected (Figure 3: A)
  2. Select the appropriate Issue (Figure 3: B)
  3. Review the article URL (Figure 3: C)
    The URL will be generated based on the article Title and the Issue you have selected. You can edit the URL, but this is not recommended (See: Understanding URL Structure)
    Note: Changing the URL of a published article may cause broken links and is bad for SEO.

Learn how to create a Standalone article

Read more about Article Location    

4) Provide Teaser Content 

Teaser Content consists of a combination of components (.e.g, thumbnail image, link, article summary) that are used to promote content in list modules on the pages of your site.

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Figure 4: Teaser Content settings

 

Setting
Description
Featured Image

To upload a Featured Image for your article, select the Choose File button and choose an image from your computer. This image is displayed at the top of the article content on your website unless you set Show Image on Page to No.  It can also be displayed along with the other Teaser Content in content lists.

Additional Notes About Featured Images:

  • File types supported file types are PNG and JPG.
  • Recommended maximum image width is 800 pixels.
  • Because the Featured Image is used as the thumbnail image for your article in list modules, be sure to learn whether your site has an image aspect ratio policy. Using an image that is the wrong shape for your list modules can result in oddly cropped thumbnail images.

See Optimizing Images For The Web for a more detailed explanation of recommendations for image file sizes and aspect ratios.

Note: Unlike images within the Body Content area, the Featured Image must be uploaded from your computer. You cannot choose an image from your site's file structure.

Photo Credit If specified, the Photo Credit will appear below the featured image on the article page.
Photo Description

If specified, the Photo Description will appear below the featured image on the article page.

Note: The Photo Description is also used as the "alt" text for the image. Alt text is a description of the image that appears in the source code of your site that is used by search engines and screen readers.

Teaser Title If you provide a one, it will be displayed instead of the Title in content lists. The Title will be used if the Teaser Title is left blank.
Sub-title and Byline These are displayed on the article page and may be displayed within content lists, depending on the content list's settings.
Summary

The text in this field is used in list modules and summary RSS feeds.

 

5) Add Body Content 

Copy or type the content of the article in the Body Content field. 

Many of the tools in the Body Content toolbar are self-explanatory and similar to other blogging or word processing tools you may have used before (e.g., bold, italic, underline, bulleted list). Hovering your cursor over a button in the toolbar reveals a tooltip that tells you what the button is for. 

See the following guides for common tasks related to the Body Content editor:

6) Select Rivista Tags 

Setting
Description
Advertising Category For site's using GTxcel ad serving, the Advertising Category can be used by the ad server to target specific ads to this page.
Rivista Tags Rivista Tags are used to route content to the various modules on your site. For example, if you have an Arts & Culture content list on your site, you can apply an "Arts & Culture" tag to that content list to pull in content tagged with "Arts & Culture."

 

7) Provide SEO Meta Tags 

SEO Meta Tags are not visible on the your site, but appear in your site's source code. Search engines look for this meta data and use this information to understand what your site is about.

See Before You Begin: Optimizing SEO When Creating Articles for more information on SEO Meta Tags and other SEO-related information.

8) Save And Preview Your Article 

There are two ways to save the article: 

  • Select Update to save your article and remain on the Article Editor screen to continue working on the article.
  • Select Save & Done to save the article and go back to the main Article Manager page.

You can now preview the article, even if it is unpublished, by clicking the Content URL link in the Location settings area of the article editor (See Figure 3 above).

See Publish and Preview Articles for more information. 

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