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Standalone vs. In-Issue

Overview

URL structure and content organization are the primary difference between In-Issue and Stand Alone articles. Below is a table that highlights the major differences to help you understand what type of article you want to create. A site can have all In-Issue articles, all Stand Alone Articles or a combination of both.

Concepts

Functionality
In-Issue Articles
Stand Alone Articles
URLS

All in-issue articles include the issue period (a date) before the name of the article

For Example: /May-2014/Our-Areas-Best-Bets/

all stand alone articles have the parent page(s) in the url before the name of the article title

For Example: /Entertainment/Our-Areas-Best-Bets/

Note: if you dont pick a parent page the article title is the first level directory for example: yoursite.com/Our-Areas-Best-Bets

SEO Impacts of URLS Having the date in the url is a positive for truly timely information such as breaking news or content that will not be relevant after a given time frame. Search Engines often will give higher rank to things that are obviously timely, so for a short period the content will get a "boost" from having the date so prominent in the url after that period the date will be increasingly less positive to SEO. If your content is "evergreen" or something that will relevant for a long period of time such as reference articles, recipes and profiles, a url with only good SEO key words is preferable. The parent page will impact SEO as well, so good parent page management is key to successful use of stand alone articles.
Duplicate Title Management

The system will not allow duplicate urls. Therefore, there can not be an article with the same title in an issue, but there can be the same title in different issues. This means if you did a monthly article titled "Our Areas Best Bests" it could exist in each issue because the URLS would look like this:

/May-2014/Our-Areas-Best-Bets/

/June-2014/Our-Areas-Best-Bets/

The system will not allow duplicate urls. Therefore, there can not be the same article with the same parent page. This means if you did a monthly article titled "Our Areas Best Bests" and the parent page was Entertainment you would need to make an alternate title each month such as:

/Entertainment/Our-Areas-Best-Bets-May/

//Entertainment/Our-Areas-Best-Bets-June/

Note: you can do this to the url, without altering the actual title of the article.

Finding Articles In Rivista All articles can be found in the article manager. However, articles created as in-issue can also be accessed in the Issue Manager organized by issue. If you are uploading your content in conjunction with a print issue, this can be a useful way to see the content. All articles can be found in the article manager. However, articles created as stand-alone articles can be found organized under their parent page in the page editor. If you are organizing your content by topic primarily this can be a useful way to see the content.
User Facing Issue Archives

In Issue articles appear in the user facing issue archives of the website

Stand Alone articles do not appear in the user facing issue archive of the website

   
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