Scope News -- Right Column
General Information About Scope PostingA brief introductory warning – do not copy/paste directly from Word into any Scope item. This brings in some background coding that can render your item incorrectly on Web pages. Always copy the text into a text document first, and then copy it into the text editor window, this will remove the nasty background code and make it more workable. You will then be able to add the formatting (bolding, links, spacing, etc). See this blog article for more information.
Thumbnails and embedded images should be prepared ahead of time in your photo editing program of choice (PhotoShop, etc.).
Right Column Items
Right column items are a special way to highlight semi-permanent links for your site, intended to rotate on a monthly basis. The function similar to Announcements, as a visual way to direct visitors to temporarily important aspects of your site (a limited-time contest, a form submission deadline, etc.). Thumbnail images for Right Column items are 143px wide by 61px tall, exactly.
Creating the Right Column Item
Go to http://cmsauthor.skidmore.edu/news/admin/ and log in. Click the “Right column” link.
To create a new right column item, click the “Create new item” link at top right. You will have the following fields to fill out:
Displaying the Right Column Item
You will next see a list of the sites you are allowed to post items on. You will have the following fields to fill out.
When you have finished with these options, at the bottom, click “Submit story” and you’re done.Stories may not immediately appear on your site, there is a delay to prevent undue server stress. They should post within 1-2 hours, or you can manually refresh the page cache to force them to appear if time is critical. If they do not appear, contact the Web Team (Jenn Crewell or Liz Katzman) to investigate. The most common issue with a story not posting properly is an incorrect start/end date, or bad code copy/pasted in from Word.
To edit/delete an old item
When you log in, a list of items you’ve entered is displayed. Click the Edit to adjust your item, including the start/end dates. If you set the display to "no", the item will disappear from your page, but still exist in the archives. Click delete to remove your item completely (although it’s preferred not to do that, archives of old items are important).
To add someone else’s item to your site
When you log in, there’s a search box. If you know the headline, you can type a few words into the Headline Keyword box and click search (or use any of the other boxes that you know information for). If you have no information, just click the Search button and it will show a reverse-chronological listing of items. The most recent ones are at the top, select the one you’d like to display and click edit. Scroll down and click the “On to Step 2” button, and select it to show on your site, then click “Submit item”.
To edit someone else’s item
You may have limited editing rights to an item that someone else has entered, but it’s considered best practice to note who entered the item, and send them an email request for amendment.
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