Contensis offers a range of news controls to suit almost any circumstance which can be added to your site in minutes.
The news archive
The news archive control displays stories which can be filtered to a particular section or filtered based upon certain metadata. You can also navigate to different months and years.
RSS and Atom syndication are built-in as standard.
The news combo
The news combo is often used on home pages, showing the main articles with thumbnails, and subsequent articles in a simple mini list. The number of items in each set can be configured.
The example shows the combo control in use with the default simple theme.
The mini list
The mini list provides a simple list of news, rendered as either an ordered or unordered list.
The news record
The news record control displays the full news article.
The news portlet
The news portlet allows visitors to tailor the news articles to their interests. Once you have chosen the categories that are of interest to you, the system will remember the selection for your next visit.
The news ticker
The news ticker shows news articles in a scrolling ticker-tape. The data source is configurable, allowing you to select news from categories or with chosen metadata.
RSS and Atom feeds
The news control comes with the option to generate an RSS feed or an Atom feed. The RSS is categorised by either taxonomy or tags, showing the body of the article.
To begin, all you need do is log into Contensis and then simply click the 'create new news article' option. You don't need any technical skills and new editors will be creating new news in minutes. As with most Contensis modules, the news module comes with a set-up wizard to make adding news easier.
We aim to keep our editing environments consistent – if you have created an event before, you will find it easy to create a blog article.
Because it uses the Contensis WYSIWYG editor, we are guiding users down the path of creating accessible content without them even realising it.
Using the Contensis WYSIWYG editor means users are guided to create accessible content. As with all Contensis content, a full QA check is available and if the content does not meet the relevant criteria, then the page can be prevented from being submitted or approved, depending upon how you configure the quality assurance module.
You will have keywords and description meta data to complete, any any other metadata can be entered if configured. When entering keywords, the CMS will auto-suggest other keywords that have already been used.
It can be useful to configure a metadata element for tagging the content. When this is done the listings will then be able to be filtered by these tags.
Once users have selected the categories they are interested in, their choices can be saved for future visits.
News editing overview
- External link
- Existing content
- WYSIWYG editor content
- News thumbnail
- News strapline
- News description
- Any bespoke metadata
- Full taxonomy support
- News article image
Standard module features
News is an integrated content type within Contensis. This ensures that all of the same rules apply to this as to any other type of content.
From an administrator's perspective, you will need to initially configure the module and assign workflow and permissions. Once this is done, you can sit back and let your users create the content.
All of our controls have configurable options to allow for customisations, but sometimes this may not be enough; you may have specific requirements that are not included in the standard control set.
If you are using .NET you can simply inherit from any of the standard controls and extend them to suit your needs. Alternatively you can use the same framework we use to develop new controls.
If your idea is something that would be beneficial to all Contensis customers, then just run it past us, as we often will extend the system and provide new functionality based upon user specifications and ideas.
If you attend our developer training course, then you will be able to create any extra functionality or controls you need.