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Sections, Categories, Articles - When & How

Features of Pro News

Sections, Categories, Articles - When & How

Config Screen showing Display Structure options
Config Screen showing Display Structure options

Pro_News provides a great deal of flexibility, because of which, some thought needs to be applied during implementation, as all features won't suit in all cases.

The "Classic" News module in CPG-Nuke Dragonfly is ideally suited to reporting a single stream of news, with the ability to flag each news item with a Category. But there are cases when I really needed more of an "article" based system, rather than a pure news one. As an example, imagine a website focussed on cars: You'd want articles on Engines, Bodywork, Audio, Performance, etc., each with it's own sub-categories. Until Kuragari's Pro_News BETA module came along the only real choice was the Content module - but HTML gets old quick! When I first saw Pro_News, I envisioned Pro_News not as a replacement for the "Classic" News, but as an Article-based system alongside "Classic" News. Going back to the Car website analogy, "Classic" News can cover the "short-lived" Industry news stories, and Pro_News can handle the "long lived" specific articles.

So when it appeared that Kuragari had moved on to other things, and I resolved to complete Pro_News, but in a way that allowed it to be used as a replacement to News, or to augment it.

As a result Pro_news has a number of ways to display its articles, and you need to select those which suit you specific purpose. Hopefully this article will help you make that determination.

Minimum Requirements
Before you can display any articles in Pro_News you must have at least 1 Section, at least 1 Category within that Section, and at least 1 Article within that Category. (These Sections/Categories are in addition to the non-display Default Section and Default Category preset by Pro-News.) Also if you want to support Discussion (Pro_News' replacement for Comments) you must have at least 1 Forum set up prior to creating your first Section.

Sections are the first level structure of Pro_News. Each Section can be assigned a different viewership (by Group), a different administrator (by Group) and defined to appear or not appear on the Home page. So if you have different memberships with different interests, you can assign entirely separate Sections to each. If you have a group of people (staff) who you trust to administer one Section, you can assign them administration rights over that Section. If you have articles that you want to put on the website, but don't want them to appear on the home page, then create a Section (or Sections) for just those articles.

Each Section must have 1, but can have more than 1, Category. Each Category can have a unique icon. If you need a 2-level organisational structure, then use multiple Sections each with multiple Categories. If you only need a single level, then go with 1 Section and multiple Categories, or multiple Sections each with a single Category, depending whether differing access privileges for viewing and/or administration are important to you.

Articles are assigned to Categories. But Articles can be displayed in one of 3 ways:

- as a single stream of Articles without regard to Category or Section;
- as separate sequences of Articles sorted by Section (without regard to Categories);
- as separate sequence of Articles sorted by Categories within Sections.

In the last 2 cases, title breaks appear between each change of Section/Category.

In all cases Articles display in date order descending, unless assigned an overriding display order - display order is overall, within Section or within Category as appropriate.


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Sections, Categories, Articles - When & How   -   Leave a Comment
Re: Sections, Categories, Articles - When & How   -   See entire comment layingback: "
In all cases Articles display in date order descending, unless assigned an overriding display order - display order is overall, ...  more
Re: Sections, Categories, Articles - When & How   -   See entire comment Hmmm... I don't really see how. A pull down of 99 entries would be unmanageable, and I don't want only a numeric input field there as it presents too ...  more
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