Intro - Basic Parts of Rivista

What is Rivista?

Rivista is a content management system (CMS). It is specifically designed for online magazine publishers and allows publishes to upload periodic content to their website.  

How Does it Work?


Content is organized into publications, issues, articles, and pages.

        The content in Rivista is organized in a hierarchy and it is vital to understand this before going any further:




        Articles belong to Issues which belong to Publications


        Pages include all of your content. Pages other than those showing articles, issues, and publications are those with non-periodic content such an "About Me" or "Contact Us" page.

               Landing Pages are the pages for specific sections that will lead the reader to content for that section. For instance, the landing page for a "Dining" category will have everything that has to do with  dining - articles, restaurant reviews, a restaurant finder, etc 

        Pages can have child pages. Making a page a child of another page creates a hierarchy in the URL. For example, if you add a sub-page to a landing page (like adding a "Reviews" page as a sub-page [child page] of a "Dining" page), its URL will then be ""


Rivista uses CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) to design the font type, colors, sizes, etc of any page. (link to info on how to edit custom.css?)


The way a page looks is based on its template, the modules on the page, and the content uploaded. 


    A Module is a box of content.  Modules can be different sizes and hold different types of content.

    What content goes into the module?

     Modules pull in different content based on what kind of module they are.  Article modules show articles, geobase modules show geobase filters, calendar modules show calendar info, HTML modules show whatever content put into them, etc. 

    What is a tag?

    A tag is a means for the system to know where you want your content to go. A tag can be anything; some popular examples are: food, health and fitness, featured, local, home and garden. Tags can also be author names, regions, or anything at all! A tag is only viewed in the Rivista software. Tags will not appear on your website and your readers will not know how your website knows that certain articles belong in different parts of the page - they will just be blissfully amazed by how well organized your site is.

    YOUR ARTICLES MUST BE TAGGED. The concept of tagging is essential to the system. You should already have a basic tag structure set up when you begin using Rivista. You can add or remove tags as you go, but remember that every article you upload needs to go somewhere so your readers can see it. it only knows where to go if you give it a tag.

(more info on tags here?)



- the highest level of the hiearchical structure. Without a publication, you cannot have any issues or articles.
Issue - the second level of content in the hierarchical structure. An issue cannot exist without a publication but it can exist without articles.
Article  - the lowest level of content in the hierarchical structure; content is the same or similar to a print article
Module - a box of content that is placed on a page and pulls in content based on tags
Rivista Tag  - a method of labeling articles and other content so that they are directed towards the proper module, page, and category
Advertising Tag  - tags used by Godengo's advertising service to target ads onto pages.


- What is the front-end and back-end of a Rivsta website?
- Log In
- User Interface & Tabs
- Home
- Publishing
- Sidebar Menu
- Publication Manager (Information, Configuration Options, Module Configuration)
- Issue Manager
- Settings

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