Create & Edit Articles

Create and Edit Articles

Create and edit articles from the Article Manager menu in the Rivista admin console.

To create a new article, click the New Article button

To edit an existing article, click the title of the article to edit.

The fields are are divided into sections, and most of them are not required.  There are some slight differences between the user interface for creating a new article vs. editing an existing article.  


This section contains a few key fields pertaining to your article.


The Title can be displayed on the article page and will be displayed in list modules (unless overridden by the Teaser Title). For new articles, the URL is automatically generated based on the title and the parent page. When editing existing articles, the URL does not update automatically unless URL Definition is set to Automatic.

The Article Type is typically set to Standard unless you would like to create a Slideshow article or a Single Page article.

The Template dropdown will list core article templates and any local article templates included on your server. The template defines how the article appears on your website.

There are a few ways to publish an article when it is ready. Take note of the indicated current local time if you use the Publish On field.

Publish Immediately

Check the Published checkbox to publish the article immediately upon Save or Update. Leave the Publish On date blank and the system will automatically populate the publish date.

Publish Immediately with a Customized Publish Date

Check the Published checkbox and provide a Publish On date in the past to use custom publish date for display purposes.

Publish in the Future

Leave the Published checkbox unchecked and specify a Publish On date in the future if you would like to set the article to be published at a future time.


Specify where the article should exist in the front-end of your site.


Articles can exist In Issue or as Standalone articles. In Issue articles are associated with an issue and the issue page is the parent page, while Standalone articles are not associated with an issue, and they can have any one Parent Page.

For In Issue articles, the Issue dropdown will have the correct issue period automatically selected if using the recommended "drill down" method for adding an article. The "drill down" method is when you select the issue first and click the New Article button from there rather than from the the Article Manager list of all articles.

The URL Definition is Automatic for new articles by default. This means the URL will update automatically when the title or parent page changes. For existing articles, the URL Definition is set to Manual by default, so the URL will not update automatically when the title or parent page changes. The URL Definition can be changed at any time to meet your needs. Ideally, the URL should correspond to the parent page and title, but some publishers prefer specific URLs for SEO purposes.  Changing an existing URL can have adverse effects such as breaking any manually created links to the article.

For existing articles, the Current URL link will 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.

Teaser Content

Teaser content can be displayed on the article page and it is displayed in lists such as article list modules and mixed content list modules.


The Featured Image is displayed as a thumbnail image in list modules. It will be displayed on the article page if Show Image on Page is set to Yes - the default setting.

To upload a Featured Image for your article, select the Choose File button and a dialogue box will come up for adding an image from your computer.

For Rivista Classic sites, the maximum image size is 1000 pixels wide.  The more pixels an image has, the larger the file size will be, and very large files will not display correctly on the front end of the Rivista Classic sites.

For R5 responsive sites, the maximum image size is 1200 pixels wide.  R5 will resize images automatically.

If a Photo Credit and Photo Description are provided, they will be displayed below the featured image on the article page.

If you provide a Teaser Title, it will be displayed instead of the Title in list modules. The Title will be used if the Teaser Title is left blank. The Sub-title and Byline are displayed on the article page and can be displayed within list modules. The Summary field is just for list modules.

Body Content

The article body field uses the CKEditor WYSIWYG html/text editor. You can find more detailed instructions for using it by clicking the question mark help icon in the tool bar.

Rivista Tags


Ad Categories can be used by the ad server to target ads to specific pages on your site.

Rivista tags will route content to various modules on your site. For instance, Article List modules with the "Featured" tag selected will display a list of articles that have been tagged with the "Featured" tag. Similarly, they can also be used to populate lists of related content.

Some Rivista tags are associated with a publication, so they will only be available for articles in that specific publication. This setting is in the Tag editor.

SEO Meta Tags


SEO Meta Tags are not visible on the front of your site, but are very useful in optimizing content for the web by placing information in the HTML for a page that search engine robots will read.

Rivista has powerful search engine optimization functions built into the software, but you may use these fields to strengthen the automated processes of the system.

Title Tag Override can be used to override the title tag automatically generated for every page in Rivista.  This is used by search engines and displayed in the browser chrome.   Usually you may disregard this field, but to make that determination, read more about title tags.

Often just pasting the summary -- provided it contains good keywords -- into the Meta Description field will be sufficient.  Read more about writing good meta descriptions

Meta Keywords is the least important field for optimizing your content. Some SEO specialists say that the keywords are not weighted at all by the major search engines, but you can update the field if you want to be sure to cover your bases. Keywords should be precise phrases separated by commas. Don't be too general when adding keywords to an article. For example, if the article is about a new French restaurant in San Francisco called Le Bleu Cafe, don't use 'restaurants' as one of your keyword phrases; type in something like "le bleu cafe san francisco, french restaurant san francisco, mission district dining san francisco," and so on.

Page Configuration & Access Control


Formerly, you had to click the Page Layout button to edit the Page Configuration and Access Control settings.  In the new article editor, they are available on the same page.  The Page Configuration, Access Control and Add and Arrange Modules sections all pertain to the page that the article content is displayed on. They are collapsed by default because there is often no need to modify the default values for these settings.

Add and Arrange Modules


The Default Article Modules specified in the Module Configuration tab of the Publication Manager will be placed on the page automatically. These inherited modules are not shown in the Selected Modules section in the article editor screen. Adding a module to a page position on an article will override any modules inherited from the Default Article Modules for that page position only.

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