News Documentation

xenMiG-Portal: News Functions

1. Categories in xenMiG-Portal
2. Ways to create news in xenMiG-Portal
3. Editing news in xenMiG-Portal
4. News Handle
5. xenMiG-Portal News Widget

1. Categories and how to handle them

It is very easy to create article-categories and news-categories. You can create and edit both nearly the same way. If youwant to create categories, go into the Portal Control Panel (PCP).

Once you clicked to create a category, regardless of whether being in the PCP or the ACP (Admin Control Panel), you can see the input field for the category name.

By using "Create Article Category", you can create an article-category. Type your category name in the field "title" and save the category by clicking "Save News Category". Done.

If you want to edit a category, click "Edit News Category" or "Edit Article Category". Afterwards you will see a list of xenMiG-Portal-categories. Click one and you can edit the name of the category or delete the category.

You can create as many categories, as you want.

2. There are different types of news, you can create in xenMiG-Portal

- We will start at top of the list and go downwards. So we start with creating a news of a post in a forum. It starts in a posting itself, with the link "Edit with news" in the controls.

Another way is to use the normal edit button. When you click the edit button, the normal overlay of xenforo pops up, to edit a news.

In this overlay, you click the "More Options" button, and there you find the "News Options".

Both ways will bring you to the point, where you can create your special news. In the following picture you will see many different options, which we will run through now. First, have a look at the screenshot.

Number 1: "Publish as news": This checkbox is set by default, because it is necessary to create news. If you switch out there, yon can not save your news, they will get lost by saving. So leave this checkbox, to create news.

Number 2: "News Title": Here you can type the headline of your news.

Number 3: "Category": This dropdown will show all the categories, you set for your news. You can choose to which category the choosen news shall belong. It is important, if you define your news widgets with different categories, or, if you use more then one news widget, with specialised categories.

Number 4: "Activate News Teaser": This checkbox is needed, if you write your own teaser for news, or, if you use a complete posting as news. "Checked like Default" means, that you write your own teaser. Uncheked, the complete posting will be used as news, there will be no cut after a number of characters.

Number 5: "News Teaser": In this editor-text-box you can write your teaser. It is not normed, how much characters you shall use. All functions of the editor are usable, bbcode will be shown in the portal.

Number 6: "Create News As": Create news under a diffent username. This username you can put in here. It does not use the xenforo-function to show usernames, when you start to type in characters. You write the name there and if it is correct, it will be linked to this userprofile in the portal news widget.

Number 7: "Create News At": You can use scheduled news here. Choose your date to publish in the calendar. Timestamp for this will be 0.00h (=publishing time).

Number 8: "Link to News Icon": If you want to use an external icon for your news, put the URL to the picture here. It will be scaled to the given dimensions.

Number 9: "News Icon Copyright Text": Here you can put in the name of the copyright owner of your picture. It will be shown under the news icon in the portal.

Number 10: "News Icon Copyright Link": Put the link to the copyright owner in here. It will be linked with teh copyright text.

Number 11: "Upload News Icon": If you like to upload a news icon, click here. Then you can choose your picture and put it in your news.

Number 12: "News Icon": Shows previews of the news icon you want to choose.

Number 13: "Show Likes": This will show the likes the post has. (Can be set off by default in the appearance section)

Number 14: "Show Comments": This shows the comments count of a posting. (Can be set off by default in the appearance section)

Number 15: "Show Social Media Icons": This shows the social media icons, you set in your forum. (Can be set off by default in the appearance section)

Number 16: "Showread More": This is the link to the posting, you made the news of. (Can be set off by default in the appearance section) After you checked all the points you need, click the "Save Changes" button and your news will be published (if you have the permissions to publish news directly).

- If you like to make several news of the same posting, you only repeat the explained steps above. You can use every posting in your forum as often as you want to make news.

- Another way to create new is to use an external URL. It is nearly the same way (like creating a post). Lets see the picture and explain it point by point. You start with the "Create News by URL" in your home tab of the portal. There is a second place with the "Create News by URL" link in your Portal Control Panel. There it is in the sidebar (see second picture).

When you click, you get the editor to create your news out of any URL. See below:

Number 1: "Target URL": Put your choosen URL here. Please pay attention, you need to write it with http://. For example: http://www.google.com

Number 2: "News Title": Here you can type in the headline of your news.

Number 3: "Category": This dropdown will show all the categories, you set for your news. You can choose to which category this special news should belong. This is important, if you define your news widgets with different categories, or if you use more then one news widget, with specialised categories.

Number 4: "News Teaser": In this editor-text-box you can write your teaser. It is not normed, how much characters you use here. All functions of the editor are usable, bbcode will be shown in the portal.

Number 5: "Create News As": Sometimes it can be useful, to be able to create news under a diffent username. This username you can put in here. It does not use the xenforo-function to show usernames, when you start to type in characters. You write just write the name there and if it is correct, it will be linked to this userprofile in the portal news widget.

Number 6: "Create News At": You can use scheduled news here. Choose your date to publish in the calendar. Timestamp for this will be 0.00h (=publishing time).

Number 7: "Link to News Icon": If you want to use an external icon for your news, you can put the URL to the picture here. It will be scaled to the given dimensions in the options.

Number 8: "News Icon Copyright Text": Here you can put in the name of the copyright owner of your picture. It will be shown under the news icon in the portal.

Number 9: "News Icon Copyright Link": Put the link to the copyright owner in here. It will be automately linked with the copyright text.

Number 10: "Upload News Icon": If you like to upload a news icon, click here. Then you can choose your picture and put it in your news.

Number 11: "News Icon": There you see a preview of the news icon you want to choose.

Number 12: "Show Social Media Icons": This shows the social media icons, you set in your forum. (Can be set off by default in the appearance section)

Number 13: "Showread more": This is the link to the posting in your forum, you made the news of. (Can be set off by default in the appearance section) After you clicked all the points you need, click "Save Changes" button and your news will be published (if you have the permissions to publish news directly). You can create as many news with external URL as you want.

- How to create news out of an article: This is possible while creating an article or while editing an article.

The button to create news is at the same position. Many points in the news-creator are similiar to the other two news-creators.

Number 1: "Publish as News": This checkbox is set by default, because it is necessary to create news. If you leave this page, yon can not save your news, it will get lost by saving. Always let this box checked, to create news.

Number 2: "News Title": Here you can set the title of your news. This will be the headline for your news in the portal.

Number 3: "Category": This dropdown shows all the categories you set for your news. You can choose to which category this special news shall belong. It is important, if you define your news widgets with different categories, or if you use more then one news widget, with specialised categories.

Number 4: "Activate News Teaser": This checkbox determines, if you write your own teaser for the news, or, if you use the complete article as news. "Checked like Default" means, that you write your own teaser. Uncheked, the complete article will be used as news, there will be no cut after a number of characters.

Number 5: "News Teaser": In this editor-text-box you can write your teaser. It is not normed, how much characters you use here. All functions of the editor are usable, bbcode will be shown in the portal.

Number 6: "Create News As": Sometimes it can be useful, to be able to create a news under a diffent username. This username you can put in here. It does not use the xenforo-function to show usernames, when you start to give in characters. You write the name there and if it is correct, it will be linked to this userprofile in the portal news widget.

Number 7: "Create News At": You can use scheduled news here. Choose your date to publish in the calendar. Timestamp for this will be 0.00h (=publishing time).

Number 8: "Link to News Icon": If you want to use an external icon for your news, put the URL to the picture here. It will be scaled to the given dimensions in the options.

Number 9: "News Icon Copyright Text": Put in the name of the copyright owner of your picture here. It will be shown under the news icon in the portal.

Number 10: "News Icon Copyright Link": Put the link to the copyright owner in here, it will be linked with the copyright text.

Number 11: "Upload News Icon": If you like to upload a news icon, click here. Then you can choose your picture and put it in your news.

Number 12: "News Icon": There you see a previews of the news icon you want to choose.

Number 13: "Show Social Media Icons": This shows the social media icons, you set in your forum. (Can be set off by default in the appearance section)

Number 14: "Showread More": This is the link to the posting in your forum you made the news of. (Can be set off by default in the appearance section) After you filled all the points you need, click the "Save Changes" button and your news will be published (if you have the permissions to publish news directly).

- Like news out of postings, you can create as many news out of one article.

3. How to edit news in xenMiG-Portal

It is possible to edit news in xenMiG-Portal at two points of your xenforo. In the frontend with our PPortal Control Panel (PCP) or in the xenforo Admin Control Panel (ACP). We will start the how to with the frontend option (PCP).

- editing news in the PCP: To get into the PCP, you go to the portal page of your xenforo. There you find the following navigation:

The red box shows you the link to the PCP. Click it, get into the PCP, where you find two navigations in the sidebar at the right. One deals with news, the other deals with the articles.

In the PCP you have more options as in the ACP. PCP is the main control for your news section. You see, you can choose between editing all news (Edit News), your own news (Edit own News) and by category (Edit News by Category).

  • A click at "Edit News" shows you all news, which are created in your forum.
  • A click at "Edit own News" shows you all news created by yourself.
  • A click at "Edit News by Category" shows you the categories of your forum, and you can choose, in which category you want to go to edit the inside news.

Because every news-editor is the same, I show you only one picture of the editor.

You see, the editor looks the same and has the same functions like the creator for the news. So all the points explained above are the same.

- Edit news in ACP is as easy as editing in the PCP. You go into your administration, switch to the Applications tab and there you find the following navigation:

A click at the edit news link gets you to the news-editor. There you will see all news which are created in your xenMiG-Portal. there is no separation between all, your or category news. You can choose the news you want to edit by click at its titel or by using the link under controls at the right side. Inside you see, that is is the same as editing in the PCP. The functionality is also the same, so you can find all points explained in the news-creator.

4. News Handle During editing news, we have one more control field, which is necessary for a news section. The "News Handle"

News Handle in the PCP

News Handle in the ACP

In the "News Handle" you find four important functions for your news:

  1. "News is Active" means, that these news are shown in your portal widget, if this is correctly configured.
  2. "News is Awating Approval" means, that these news are made by someone, who has not the permissions to publish news directly. You can give the approval.
  3. "Delete/Deactivate" means, that these news will no longer be shown in the portal widget. They will not be deletet from the system
  4. "Delete Permanently" means, that these news will be permanently deleted. They are no longer available in the system. This action cannot be undone.

5. The xenMiG-Portal Newswidget

The news widget is important to show your news at the xenMiG-Portal. You will have found a documentation of the layout customizer, where this widget is used:

All different points in the widget have their own description, so we don´t have to explain everything here. Important to know is, that some points are globaly set and some depend on your actions. If you create 20 news-categories, every of this categories will be found in your news widget at the top in the point "News Category".

Hopefully this documentation is helpful for your daily work with the xenMiG-Portal.
Feel free to mail the support, if there are any questions.

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Jun 8, 2015
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