What is a Post?
A Post is a story or piece of content that includes text and can include video, images and audio. Posts are designed to be fluid and dynamic, and can be associated with Programs, Categories, Tags, Topics and People. They are the basic building blocks for creating content on your site. You will create posts when publishing everything from news articles to stations news and event promos.
The parts of a Post are:
Headline: The headline is the title of your post. It will be the sentence that attracts readers or describes content.
Slug: The Slug is a mini-headline for your Post. It is displayed in smaller bold text above your headline, and can be used to draw people’s attention when scanning your homepage or news river.
Byline: The Byline links to the corresponding People page for the person who published the post. You can have multiple people in your Byline and add contributors who do not have People on your site by using the plain text byline field.
AddThis block: Giving your users the ability to easily share posts from your site on their online networks, like Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and email, can lead to more unique visitors to your site. The AddThis block also displays the number of comments that each post has. This block is automatically generated in Core Publisher.
Images: Any images that you upload will be resized and displayed either at the top of your post on inline in your text. Web visitors can browse through multiple images in a slideshow by clicking on the Images # of # link under the main image.
Post body: The Post body is where the main text, images and links that you enter are displayed.
Tags: Tags are helpful for search engine optimization and make it easier for web visitors to search your site for content. Each tag links to a page containing all posts with that tag.
Related Programs and Content: You can add links to related programs and posts at the bottom of your post page to encourage your web visitors to visit other pages and posts on your site.
Comments: Disqus is an online tool that provides a space for web visitors to comment on your posts and discuss topics with your online community.
How do I create a Post?
- Click the Add Content option from the top admin menu.
- Click Post.
- Add a Headline in the Headline section. If you need help choosing a good headline consult our Headline section.
- Add a Byline in the Bylines section. You can either add a Core Publisher Person to your byline or you can add a name of a contributor in plain text. Bylines associated with a Core Publisher Person will link to the People page of the person who contributed to the post. Use plain text to add authors to your post who have not been added to Core Publisher. This is most helpful in situations where you have contributors who are interns or guest writers. The authors will appear as non-clickable text links in the byline area.
Note: If you do not add a byline to your post your username will be in the byline.
- Select a Category for your post from the Category drop-down list. This will determine which Category pages your post will appear on. Once you pick a Category for your Post, that term will automatically be assigned as your Slug. You can change the text of your Slug to better fit the content of your post.
Note: Think of the Slug as a “mini-headline” for your post. While it is not the main title, it should serve as a quick description of the focus of the post for the web visitors who are just scanning your content. Good Slugs are short (one to three words), eye-catching, and are descriptive without repeating the same words used in the title.
- Type your post in the Body field. Use the WYSIWYG editor to format your text and add lists and hyperlinks. You can also add your inline images, audio players and pull quotes in the text editor.
Note: If you create your text in a text editor and paste it into the Body field, you must erase the stray formatting code from the text editor before adding it to your Post to avoid any issues with formatting. To do so, copy and paste your text into a text editor to break the formatting, then paste into the Body field are restore formatting. Recommended text editors for this are Smultron on Mac and Microsoft Word for Windows. In Microsoft Word use the eraser tool to removing formatting.
- Click on the Show Slide Show option in blue text above the WYSIWYG text editor to add an image slideshow or main image to your post. You can upload images from your computer to the post, which will also add them to your image library. If you are looking for an image that you have previously uploaded to your library, click the Library tab or the Browse Images tab, where you can search your library for the image. To add multiple images to your slide show, click the Add another item option to upload or select another image from your library.
- Place your cursor where you want the image to go, then click the Image icon from the far right side of your WYSIWYG editor to add an image into your post text. Either upload an image from your computer, or search your media library for an image. You can choose to have your image align to the right side of the text, or, for images in landscape orientation, appear as centered across the width of the post.
Note: It is important to cite the source of your images. Your image will appear either under the headline of your post, or where you put your cursor (depending on which of the above options you chose) with the caption and credits under it. The information that you add to the credit and agency fields will be stored with the image, and will display if you re-use the image on another post. However, the caption will only display on the post where it was originally added.
Click on the Audio icon and upload a new file from your computer or select a previously uploaded file from your library. Audio files are displayed as audio players in your post.
Your audio files must meet the following requirements to be uploaded into Core Publisher successfully:
File Size can’t be larger than 75Mb
Must be a mp3 file
Sampling Rate = 44.1kHz
Bit Rate = 64 kbps mono or 128 kbps joint stereo
- Click on the Pull Quote button in the WYSIWYG editor, the icon located to the right of the Audio button, to create a pull quote in your post. Enter the text that you would like use as a pull quote and how you would like the text to align. Click Submit to continue.
NOTE: Adding a pull quote to a post provides a visual anchor for web visitors who are browsing your posts for information and helps to emphasize the focus of the news story.
- Type any Tags you want on your post in the Tags section. When you are typing in the Tags field you will notice that tags you have used before will appear in an auto-complete drop-down. Select your tag from that drop-down list to ensure that you do not create duplicate tags. If you want good suggestions for how to use Tags consult our Tag section.
- Add related content to your post in the Related Content section. You can add these manually or through tags.
If your post shares tags with other posts Core Publisher will automatically list the five most recently edited posts with that tag. You can then click the Add button next to each post that you would like to display in your related content section of your post.
To manually add related posts to a post, type keywords or the title of the post. Select the title of the post that you want to add from the dropdown list that appears. Click Add another item to add multiple related posts. To reorder the posts drag and drop them using the crossbow icon.
- Add related programs to your post in the Related Programs section. Adding a related program is very similar to adding related content. Type keywords or the title of the program and select the title of the program that you want to add from the dropdown list that appears. Click Add another item to add multiple related programs. To reorder the programs drag and drop them using the crossbow icon.
- Check or uncheck Display on my homepage (desktop and mobile) under Story Treatment to adjust whether or not your post appears on your homepage.
- Check or uncheck Display on the local news block under Story Treatment to control whether your post will appear in your Local News block or on your news and Category pages. This is useful when you create non-news posts related to station news, like a new transmitter, job opportunity, or information about pledge gifts, but you only want that post to show up on a Topic or Category page.
- Adjust the Urgency options under Story Treatment. New posts are automatically set to Normal. Changing the Urgency will affect the color of the title post in the news river on aggregation pages, like Category and Topic pages. Breaking posts will be in red and Developing will be blue. In most cases, you will leave the Urgency as Normal. Use the Urgency options to draw reader’s eyes to posts in your category pages and news feeds that have ongoing coverage.
- Adjust the Sharing Settings under Story Treatment. You can either select Keep post locally only or Push to NPR. The term “locally” here refers to your website URL. For example, if you created a post that had audio or images that you do not have licensing to share with NPR and other member stations or podcast, you can keep the post locally and not share it with the API. Push to NPR is the default option for all posts.
- Insert the author of the post in the Authored by section under Authoring Information. If you want the post to be Anonymous leave this section blank.
- Adjust the date for the post in the Authored on section under Authoring information. It is blank by default and when left blank it will simply use the date when you submitted the post.
- Click Save on the right rail to save your post as a draft. To ensure that your posts are retrievable Core Publisher automatically saves drafts of your posts every few minutes.
- Click Preview on the right rail to see a preview of your post.
- Click in the Schedule box on the right rail if you want to schedule a specific date and time to publish your post. Clicking inside the box will cause a calendar to drop down. Select the date that you want your post to publish on, then enter the time in military HH:MM:SS format. You will notice that the green Publish button is now a gold Schedule button. Click Schedule to schedule your post. Scheduled posts will listed in the Scheduled tab where they can be edited before publishing.
Note: You cannot schedule stories from NPR.
- Click Publish on the right rail to publish your post.