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Documentation

This page will be unpublished when the site goes live.

Below you'll find latest documentation about the site.

NOTES RE PROCEDURES:

1. On the old site there were quite a few images and image directories where the names caused problems.  Here are some guidelines: Only use alphanumerics plus underscores instead of spaces in file names.  For example, a file called... joe's cafe.jpg will eventually cause problems.  joes_cafe.jpg will cause no problems.  Also folders should not have names that are equivalent save for capitalization.  For example, to have one folder called mydirectory and another called MYDIRECTORY will eventually cause problems.

NOTES ON HOW THE PUBLIC SITE WORKS:

1.  You asked whether in the case where an article contains a video, that video can replace the main photo on the photo page.  That is indeed the way it works.

2.  The way videos work in general is this:  Any article can contain a video.  (This is as we discussed, and will no doubt mean that more people find and see them.)  If you click the videos link you will see a featured video (meaning the video from an article with a link to that article) and then thumbnail links to articles that include videos (starting from most recent).

3.  One can search or browse for articles in various ways.  Whenever one sees a list of results the results are always presented the same way:  headline and subhead as links to the articles along with the date of the creation date of the article.  The articles are ordered from most recent to least.  If there are more than 20, then pagination links are displayed beneath the article list.

4. Article Pages:

  • Drop Caps.  On an article page, the complete text of the article is displayed.  It will start with a drop cap if these conditions are met: the text does not start with a number (as in a date), and the text does not start with some html code (like code that might make text bold or a different color).
  • SEO URLs.  Article pages can be reached by SEO friendly URLs.  Click here for an example. The form of the SEO friendly URL is always the domain name followed by the date, the headline and subhead of the artilce, the brand (if any) and then the numeric identifier of the article.  Note that only articles have SEO friendly URLs (following common practice).  Note also that the current form is industry standard.  The form on the old site was definitely not standard.
  • Sharing Links.  On every article page there is a Facebook sharing link just below the subhead (to the right). There is also a Facebook and Twitter sharing button beneath the article along with a display of the SEO friendly link (for those who want to grab it).  All the sharing links employ the SEO friendly URL for the article.

5. Carousels of Images (Slideshows):  If an article includes a carousel then it displays below the body text.  There are two types of carousels:

  • Carousels the way they worked on the old site where they were placed within the body text using the {yougallery} tag.  This is still functional and old galleries still display.  However all new galleries should be created using the new method.
  • The new carousels.  These are created separately from articles and then placed into articles. Doing it this way means you can use the same carousel in multiple articles if you wish (as on Huffington Post and others). To create a new carousel, go to the carousels table.  There is documentation within the table admin page.  Once you've created a carousel you can select it within an article on an article editing screen.

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