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Newsflash

Shortcut: www.siteforum.com/support/newsflash
v5.0 - Last Mod.: 05/31/2007
The newsflash enables you to display stories from a certain menu on the homepage of your portal.
Note: To work in this area you must be logged in as "Portal Master" or "Content Manager."

1. Overview

  1. Click the button Portal Manager to get to the administrative area.
  2. Then click Website & CMS > Menus.
  3. In the left navigation beneath Newsflash click the menu item Overview.
You get to the overview of all existing newsflashs:
  • Status Shows the status of the newsflash, green = active, red = inactive.
  • Name/ID Shows the name and the ID of the newsflashs.
    By clicking the name you get to the editing mode.
  • Menu Shows the menu from which the newsflash generates the content.
  • Story Type Shows the story type.
  • Introd Template Shows the intro template.
  • Edit By clicking the icon you get to the editing mode.
  • Delete By clicking the icon you can delete the newsflash.
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2. Add

  1. Click the button Portal Manager to get to the administrative area.
  2. Then click Website & CMS > Menus.
  3. In the navigation on the left below Newsflash click Add.
  4. Enter in the field Name a name.
  5. Enter in the field Description a description.
  6. Activate the checlbox Status to activate the newsflash.
  7. From the selection box Newsflash Menu choose the menu from which the stories will be generated.
    • All menus Shows the content of all menus. Note: Can only be sorted by last modification.
    • Dynamic menu Shows the content only of the current menu.
    • Special menu Shows the content of the given menu. Note: Can only be sorted by last modification.
  8. If required choose from the selection box Story Type the story type.
  9. From the selection box Representation select an intro template.
    Note: This template defines the display of stories in the newsflash. Intro templates assigned to a menu in the Menu Manager will not be affected.
  10. Enter in the field Number of stories the quantity of stories to be displayed.
  11. Enter in the field Number of words the quantity of words to be displayed in the short description.
  12. Enter in the field Image width the width of the preview image of the story in pixels.
  13. From the selection box Story Display choose the kind of displaying the stories.
  14. Click the button Save when ready.
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3. Edit

  1. Click the button Portal Manager to get to the administrative area.
  2. Then click Website & CMS > Menus.
  3. In the left navigation beneath Newsflash click the menu item Overview.
  4. Choose the newsflash you want to edit.
  5. Click either
    • the name of the newsflash or
    • the icon Edit on the right side of the table.
  6. Edit the newsflash as desired, q.v. 2. Add.
  7. Click the button Save when ready.
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4. Delete

  1. Click the button Portal Manager to get to the administrative area.
  2. Then click Website & CMS > Menus.
  3. In the left navigation beneath Newsflash click the menu item Overview.
  4. Choose the newsflash you want to delete.
  5. Click the icon Delete on the right side of the table.
  6. Confirm the erasing procedure by clicking the button OK.
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5. Display several newsflashes

The placeholder "$newsFlash" has already been placed into standard installations of SITEFORUM portals. The first newsflash assigned will, after its activation, be displayed on the start page.

You can place several newsflashes at different places in your Layout (MasterDesign). Therefore you must modify placeholders in the current MasterDesign in the Design Manager:
  1. Click the button Portal Manager to get to the administrative area.
  2. Then click Tools & Administration > Design & Layout.
  3. In the navigation on the left, below Master Design & Design Modules, click Master Design Templates.
  4. Click the button Edit of the active template.
  5. Look for the placeholder $newsFlash in the sourcecode, e. g.
    <div id="sfsNaviNews">
    $newsFlash:400
    </div>
  6. Copy the ID of the new newsflash, q.v. 1. Overview.
  7. Insert below the existing newsflash the placeholder $newsFlash:, if the second newsflash should be below the first one.
  8. Insert the copied ID behind the placeholder, e.g.
    <div id="sfNaviNews">
    $newsFlash:400
    $newsFlash:1164110227331
    </div>
  9. Click the button Save when ready.
  10. Reload your portal.
Note: You can place more newsflashes in the left or the right side of the main navigation. Just put the placeholder $newsFlash: with the appropriate ID at the desired place.
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