Go to back office navigation menu (left panel) PUBLISH > News.
An overview of the different news items that are published in your community. In the top right corner, you will see an [Add article] button.
By clicking on the [Add article] button, a form will be displayed where you can enter the details of this article:
Note: We suggest limiting the number of characters for a news article to 500 characters, for optimal legibility in Digital Signage.
You start indicating the publication date for an article within a certain category. News items with a publishing date in the future are labeled as ‘Planned’ in the item overview, with the publish date. At the publishing date, the status changes to ‘Published’ and the news item appears at the top in the news thread.
How to start and end publishing dates work:
- Start publishing affects web and DS
- End publishing in web: never
- End publishing in DS: to be defined in restrict broadcast
- Custom start and end publishing in DS possible, but start publishing takes into account general publish start date
With the Category menu, you can select the service a news article relates to. Every service in your community can have its own news articles. Corresponding to your role (service), you can publish news articles in a specific category. We also provide a "General" category for news that relates to all of the community. The news article's category is also displayed as an icon next to the article's title:
New news categories:
- Just for fun
- Resident highlights
You can add multiple images to the news article. Either click inside the grey box and select an image file, or drag and drop an image file from your computer into the grey box.
You can optimize the image for various screen resolutions by clicking the most important part of the image. The application highlights this part of the image for every screen resolution.
If you are not happy with the image you selected you can press the button [Remove file] that appears under the image that has been uploaded and add another image.
Image Library - this button leads to the image repository of your community. You can download images for the new activity there.
It is not required to add an image.
This is fairly self-explanatory. The "Title" field is where you can enter a title for the article.
It is not required to add a title.
The content is the essence of the news article you are publishing. You can type the text of the article into this box or copy and paste the text you want to publish from another source.
You can add file attachments to the news items, viewable and downloadable by the users. Supported formats: PDF, XLSX and DOCX
By checking this box you allow residents and other staff to add reactions to your news article. Residents can only delete the comments they have placed themselves. But staff can delete any comment from anyone.
Publish to my digital signage
News articles are daily broadcasted. Publication to digital signage is checked by default (if active in your community). You can select to which screens (select a community channel TV1, TV2 and TV3, … ) this information is published.
When "Publish to my digital signage system" is selected for a specific news item, you can manage the broadcasting via "Restrict broadcast".
You have 4 options for broadcasting:
- Until 7 days after publishing
- Until 15 days after publishing
- Until 30 days after publishing
- Specify: select the start date (today) till end date (default today+7 days) in the date picker
The selected start and end dates are applied to the digital signage broadcasting, they do not apply to the news thread on the homepage.
It is important to Save your article. Only then will it be published to your community. If you forget to save the article and navigate away from the page you will lose any text you may have entered.