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Here's a play by play sequence of events...

1. A member visits soul source with the aim to spread the word to all fellow soul music enthusiast the latest news about their latest soul related project...

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Very informative Mike and good to know how much work goes into placing an article, I would guess most like myself assume these things just appear not realising the amount of action that goes on in the

Hurry up Mike better than the tele3

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Just now, Mike said:

Here's a play by play sequence of events...

1. A member visits soul source with the aim to spread the word to all fellow soul music enthusiast the latest news about their latest soul related project...

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2. The member takes a look at all the soul related news and articles being displayed in the Front Page news section here...

https://www.soul-source.co.uk/articles/

Looking at the list of items the member spots a red 'Add New Article' button, at the top of the page, then taps it...

 

 

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4 hours ago, Mike said:

2. The member takes a look at all the soul related news and articles being displayed in the Front Page news section here...

https://www.soul-source.co.uk/articles/

Looking at the list of items the member spots a red 'Add New Article' button, at the top of the page, then taps it...

 

 

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.... the 'tap' of the  'Add New Article' button opens up a page with an easy to use form layout - similar to the normal forum post editor

at the top there's a quickset of   'guidelines' just so member can check what the news is about and if the content is a good 'fit'

The rest of form allows the main text, the forum highlight text, images. mp3 samples and a cover image to be added

So all the member needs to do now is get their content in and then press 'save'

once saved.....

 

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2 hours ago, Mike said:

.... the 'tap' of the  'Add New Article' button opens up a page with an easy to use form layout - similar to the normal forum post editor

at the top there's a quickset of   'guidelines' just so member can check what the news is about and if the content is a good 'fit'

The rest of form allows the main text, the forum highlight text, images. mp3 samples and a cover image to be added

So all the member needs to do now is get their content in and then press 'save'

once saved.....

 

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once submitted the article is on 'hold' awaiting approval.

First off the site checks that all is ok, the article fits in with what Soul Source is all about as per the guidelines

Then the site needs to work out and decide the best time for publication, to try and ensure that all the articles get a 'fair' amount of front page exposure, eg leading item and so on

Once thats decided theres a need to make sure and check that the layout and the style of the article, fits in with the sites house style. Onto checking and if needed filling in sections such as the 'related articles' feature, forum highlight, mp3 samples etc

Last of all, usually we need to sort out a cover image for the article - the cover image needs to be a certain size, ratio, quality etc for best effect

Once that's all done the site then gives the final approval to the article and when the time chosen is met the article is then auto published...

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4 hours ago, Mike said:

 

once submitted the article is on 'hold' awaiting approval.

First off the site checks that all is ok, the article fits in with what Soul Source is all about as per the guidelines

Then the site needs to work out and decide the best time for publication, to try and ensure that all the articles get a 'fair' amount of front page exposure, eg leading item and so on

Once thats decided there's a need to make sure and check that the layout and the style of the article, fits in with the sites house style. Onto checking and if needed filling in sections such as the 'related articles' feature, forum highlight, mp3 samples etc

Last of all, usually we need to sort out a cover image for the article - the cover image needs to be a certain size, ratio, quality etc for best effect

Once that's all done the site then gives the final approval to the article and when the time chosen is met the article is then auto published...

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that's about it, article published... well almost

 

Once published and open to all to read, the system then auto-generates a forum post, this is a sort of announcement message to all forum users that an article has been posted in the news feature. Not only does it announce the article, but it does then start to share the comments, so comments made in the article now also show in the forum and vice versa.

Still a few things to wrap up. The site may (depending on the article) manually share it on twitter, the article cover image and such gets tweeted to our twitter account, then can also be shared on our facebook page, both being busy active social media accounts.

Last of all it can then be promoted via our email footers, which then show on all our emails, which are sent to all members via notifications, newsletters etc etc. Not forgetting added to our search index of over 2 million posts and featuring in our various activity and rss feeds'

    and that's about it, the members article has been published, all members have been informed, all members and guests can now read and if wish comment, share, discuss....

end of story/diary

 

 

 

 

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Very informative Mike and good to know how much work goes into placing an article, I would guess most like myself assume these things just appear not realising the amount of action that goes on in the shadows so to speak.

 Thank you for giving us an insight into the workings of the site.

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2 hours ago, Twoshoes said:

Very informative Mike and good to know how much work goes into placing an article, I would guess most like myself assume these things just appear not realising the amount of action that goes on in the shadows so to speak.

 Thank you for giving us an insight into the workings of the site.

no probs, was an interesting exercise laying it out like that and led to a few improvement tweaks  👍

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When images are uploaded to support the article, is there a way to embed one or two in the main text rather than just add them on at the end of the article? 

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yep Mark

it's just the same as a forum post

eg 

bbc-arena-Ike-White.jpg

upload the image as normal

click in the text area so the cursor is where you want the image to show

click the +icon that shows on the image thumbnail

the image will then show embedd into the post

once image is in the post you can align

also if you press ctrl and right click the image you get the option 'edit image' you can then resize, align, add link etc

 

have a go via the forums reply - if you don't post it won't save

 

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