How To: Promote Posts Using the Featured Content Block

May 6, 2013

How do I use the Featured Content Block?
The Featured Content block automatically rotates through four posts, displaying the main image and headline from each post. It is located under your Flexi Menu and Sticky Strip.

Example of the Featured Content block from Innovation Trail
Any posts on your site, including those from the NPR API, can be featured in the Featured Content block. All posts added to the Featured Content block must have images.  If you don’t use an image it will grab one from the queue, which will be confusing for your visitors. For optimal display, the images should be 480x320, or they may be distorted. As with other content blocks, make sure to keep this content fresh by swapping old stories for newer ones regularly.
To add content to your Featured Content block:

  1. Click Content on the black bar above your top admin menu.
  2. Click Featured Content in your list of queues on the left side of the page.
  3. Make sure that there are at least four fields under Title section. This is where you will be adding content to your Featured Content block. To add more rows to your queue, enter the number of desired rows in the Number of rows field and click Rebuild.
    Note: You must have four pieces of content in the Featured Content queue for it to display.
  4. Enter the name of a piece of content into a blank field to add it to your Queue. Typing in a field activates the auto-complete function, which will generate a list of posts based on what you are typing. Select the piece of content that you want to add to the Queue from this list.
  5. Check the Display check box for each piece of content that you want to show up on your site. Unchecking the Display box will hide your content, allowing you to queue it up for the future.
  6. Use the crossed arrows to drag and drop your content into the desired order and hierarchy.
  7. Click Preview to see what your block will look like before saving it.
  8. Click Save Queue.
    Note: There  is  no  “Activate”  checkbox  for  the  Featured  Content  block.  

To deactivate this block you can can take one of these actions:

  • Uncheck all of your Display checkboxes.
  • Remove it from the Top Region in your Homepage Layout Manager.