Exploring an article's Publishing Options

When creating a new article, there are many parameters that can be set to display specific information and layouts for your article.

In this tutorial we will explore the publishing options, displayed on the right hand side of the screen.

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Publishing Options

1. Created by Allows you to select an author for the article

2. Created by alias allows you to use an alternate name, rather than the account name you use to login.

3. Created allows you to time stamp your article. Select the date by clicking on the small calender icon next to this field.

4. Start publishing allows you to select a date to commence the publication status of the article.

5. Finish publishing allows you to select a date to terminate the publication status of the article.

6. Modified details the date of which the article was previously modified.

7. Revision details how many times the article has been modified.

8. Hits details how many times the article has been viewed on the website.

 

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Article options

The pulldown box for each parameter give you an option to toggle the parameter on or off, or use the global settings (which can be modified from the Article Manager screen).

1. Show title allows you to toggle the display of the articles title.

2. Linked title allows you to have the artilce title link to the article itsellf. This is commonly used in a blog layout, where many articles are listed on a single page.

3. Show intro text will display any text written before the placement of the "Read More" divider.

4. Show Category allows you to display from what category the article is assigned to.

5. Link Category allows you to make the category title link to a list of articles contained within that category.

6. Show Parent displays the parent category that the article is assigned to.

7. Link Parent makes the article click through to the parent category.

8. Show Author will display the authors name at the top of the article.

9. Link Author will link through to a list of other articles written by that author when the user clicks the authors name.

10. Show Create Date displays the date that the article has been time stamped for.

11. Show Modify Date displays the date the article was last modified on

12. Show publish date displays the date the article was originally published

13. Show Navigation displays navigation buttons to the "previous" and "next" article.

14. Show Icons toggles the display of the the Print / Email icons.

15. Show Print Icon toggles the display of this icon.

16. Show Email Icon toggles the displa y of this icon.

17. Show Voting toggles the displays the Rating form. Viewers can rate the article by selecting a score from the radio buttons.

18. Show Hits displays the number of times the article has been opened.

19. Show Unauthorised Links will display links to articles based on the users authorised access.

20. Read More Text allows the author to customise the "read more" text that appears when a read more divider is placed within the article.

21. Alternative Layout allows the author to assign the article to a custom layouts.

 

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Meta Options

These options are used to determine your ranking in search engince results. It's recommended (but not essential) that you give consideration to your meta options.

1. Meta Description is a unique description of the article, written within 160 characters. This is most commonly used as the description displayed in Google search reults.

2. Keywords should be kept to a minimum and be relelvent to the articles content. Keywords should also be seperated with a comma.

3. Robots allows you to specify instructions to search engines. The options are as follows:

Index, Follow
Search engines should not include this page in their search results, and follow through all links contained within the page.

No index, Follow
Search engines should not include this page in their search results, but should follow through all links contained within the page.

Index. No follow
Search engines should index the page in their search results, but should disregard any links links contained within the page.

No index, No follow
Search engines should not include this page in their search results, and should also disregard all links contained within the page.

4. Author is the name specified to be used within search results.

5. Content Rights Describe what rights others have to use this content, and by what rights the content is protected.

6. External Refernce can be used to retrieve the article. For instance, Create a test article with the external reference "xxxx". On the front-end, enter the URL: index.php?option=com_content&task=findkey&keyref=xxxx and your article should be displayed

Last modified on Tuesday, 07 August 2012 14:54
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