News

 

Overview

Quickly add a news release the moment it becomes news and automatically generate RSS feeds. Attach a photo or an entire gallery that already exists in the web site. Link it to a calendar event, share it with other departments, or give it featured treatment on your homepage. The news module is extremely versatile and allows you to segregate different types of news items by using the tagging feature.

For this kind of dynamic content, static pages may not be the optimal solution for getting this information to your visitors. Instead, you can use the News module available through Campusuite to post news items that feed into your site. What this allows is to convey this information to your visitors without having to manage a section of pages on your site.

Many of the features within Campusuite pages are available to the News module: WYSIWYG editor, draft workflow, scheduling, and more. Once a news item is posted, News components can be used to pull this information and display up-to-date news on your site. These components can pull news items filtered by departments.

News modules are added to and can be accessed via the navigation in your site. The "pages" that house the news items are populated on the fly. This means that although you can create releases and edit their content, you cannot edit the page that the releases will show on since this is the news module itself and has a designated format.

 

Adding a Release

  1. Navigate to a news module.
  2. On the news module page, click the Add Release button.
  3. Fill out the fields as needed. View a description of this interface for reference.
  4. When finished, you can either submit the news item for immediate release, or you can save it as a draft. To submit an immediate release, click the Save button. For saving a draft, click the Save Draft button. (Depending on your level of security in the system, you may only have the option to save a draft.)

 

Editing a Release

  1. Navigate to a news module.
  2. On the news module page, a list of news releases will be shown. You may need to navigate multiple pages of news items to find the one you need. Click the Edit button associated with the news release you wish to edit.
  3. Make changes to the fields as needed. View a description of this interface for reference.
  4. When finished, click the Save button to save your changes and to return to the news module, or click the Cancel button to ignore any changes.

 

Featured Release

The featured release is simply the news release that shows at the top of the default news page. It is automatically updated based on you adding news to your website. The featured release is simply the latest news release that has an image attached to it.

If you add a news release without an image, then the current featured release will not be moved. To change your featured release, simply add a new news release and make sure to attach an image. While you are adding the release, use the "Browse" mechanism to select an image from your computer. This image does not have to be web-optimized. In fact, it's best to upload a high-quality image. When it's uploaded, it will be automatically scaled, and you will be given an opportunity to set the best cropping for the image so it shows in the space to the right of the news release title and teaser text.

 

Sharing a Release

Sharing involves associating a release with another department. This is useful for when you want a release to show in multiple departments' news feeds. By doing this, you eliminate the need to have multiple copies of the same release.

Sharing can be done at the time a release is created or any time after. The process is very similar for both, but this specific how-to will be done in regards to sharing a release that has already been made.

  1. Navigate to a news module.
  2. On the news module page, a list of news releases will be shown. You may need to navigate multiple pages of news items to find the one you need. Click the Edit button that is associated with the news release you wish to share.
  3. Scroll to bottom of the page. Click the Show Advanced Tools button. An area will expand that shows more fields.
  4. One of these fields is a Sharing field. This will have two containers that hold items with different department names in them. The left container holds departments that are not shared with this release. The right container holds the departments that are currently shared with the release.
  5. Set the sharing options as needed. Double-clicking the item in one container will move it to the opposite container.
  6. When finished, click the Save button at the bottom of the page.

 

Scheduling a Release

This is only applicable to news releases that have not yet been made live (i.e. are drafts).

  1. Navigate to a news module.
  2. On the news module page, a list of news releases will be shown. You may need to navigate multiple pages of news items to find the one you need. Click the Edit button that is associated with the news release you want to schedule to go live.
  3. In the page that opens, scroll to the bottom of the page. Click the Schedule Live button.
  4. Another page will open. Choose the date you wish the news item to go live. You can do this by typing in a date (properly formatted as "mm/dd/yyyy") or using the supplied date picker.
  5. Click on the Schedule Date button. This will schedule the news release for that date.

 

Archiving a Release

News items do not archive automatically. At times, you may want to retire news items, but do not want to completely remove them from the system. This is what the archiving feature in the News module is for.

  1. Navigate to a news module.
  2. On the news module page, a list of news releases will be shown. You may need to navigate multiple pages of news items to find the one you need. Click the Edit button that is associated with the news release you wish to archive.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page that opens. Click the Archive button.
  4. You will be prompted with a dialog asking you to confirm the action; click the OK button to continue or the Cancel button to stop.
  5. Assuming the OK button was clicked, the news item will be archived, and the status of the release in the news listings should reflect the change.

 

Deleting a Release

  1. Navigate to a news module.
  2. On the news module page, a list of news releases will be shown. You may need to navigate multiple pages of news items to find the one you need. Click the Edit button that is associated with the news release you wish to delete.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page that opens. Click the Delete button.
  4. You will be redirected to another page asking you to confirm the deletion. Click the Yes button to continue, or the No button to stop.
  5. Assuming the Yes button was clicked, the news item will be deleted from the system, and you will be returned to the news module.

 

News Module RSS Feeds

You have clicked a link to an RSS fees. Campus Suite cannot control the tools your personal device or browser uses to subscribe and manage RSS feeds. This is set up on the user end specifically. Here are some things you need to know.

  • If you are using Google Chrome, Chrome lacks support for RSS feeds. Clicking a feed will just show you the code for that feed (often interpreted as an error by the end user) Until Google Chrome comes out with a built-in update, the below is a good method for resolving the issue. Find out details here.
  • Your browser could try to download the feed when you click the feed link. In this case, depending upon your browser, this is the correct behaviour. More likely than not, your browser is not capable of displaying XML. As the feeds are sent with the correct MIME type, your browser offers to download the file, rather than just displaying the raw content.This is the correct behavior, and your feed should work in a proper feed aggregator.

RSS feeds require a dedicated “reader” to subscribe, and read them. There are many applications and apps out there and this will be device- or browser-specific. Here are some several links to both web-based and browser-based (add-ons) feed readers.