Spotlight & More News Zones

Do I Need This? 

Sites by default have Automatic Scheduling, meaning once you create a post, it will automatically appear on your front page in the Spotlight Zone. 

See News | How it Works to understand the different news zones and how posts flow through your front page. 

If you are using Manual Scheduling, posts will not appear on your website automatically when you create a post. Instead you must manually add articles via the Scheduler, and only then will news you add  show up on your homepage. You can learn more about Automatic and Manual Scheduling and how to switch between them in the Scheduler Settings section. 

WYSINWYG (What You See Is Not What You Get)

Changes you make in the Scheduler are NOT applied to your site unless you click Save at the bottom of the wizard! For example, if you change the order of your Spotlight stories, the Scheduler will show the stories in the new order you've specified, but if you close the scheduler without saving (or let it time out), your changes won't be reflected in the website or in the Scheduler next time you open it. Always save when you're done.

Remove a Story from Your Homepage

The changes you make in your Scheduler only impact what's shown on your homepage

Removing the Post

If you would like to remove the post (story) from your homepage, go into your scheduler and to the story you no longer want, click the three-dot "actions" icon on the story and choosing Remove Article. This will remove the story from your homepage only, the story will still appear in your news centre.


 After you've added the stories you want to display, make sure you click Save in the Scheduler to lock in your changes.

Website Physics - A Lot Like Regular Physics

As in real life, two things can't occupy the same space at the same time in your website. If your Spotlight or More News zones are full, you won't be able to add more stories until you've removed others. There are two easy ways to tell if you have open slots available:

  1. Each section has a tally (current number/total slots shown in a blue oval)
  2. "OPEN SLOT: DRAG AN ARTICLE HERE" only shows up when a spot is... open

If you don't have any slots available, move stories between sections or take them off your home page to free up some space. 

Change the Order of Your Posts

You can re-order the stories in your Spotlight or More News zones just by click and dragging the story into the order you would like:

After you've changed the order, make sure you click Save in the Scheduler to lock in your changes. 

Move a Story Between Zones 

In addition to changing the order of stories within a zone, you can drag stories between zones (as long as you have an available slot in the target zone) to manage where they'll show up on your home page. See News | How It Works to understand the different news zones.

This example shows the Story With Video and Images being moved from the Spotlight zone to the More News zone:

After you've changed the order, make sure you click Save in the Scheduler to lock in your changes. 

Lock a Story

If there is an important story that you want to keep in your Spotlight or More News zones for a longer period of time, you can use the Lock function to keep it in place. 

Use this function sparingly: locked stories mean unchanging content, and your website home page should be fluid and frequently updated. They also mean that publishing may not work as intended: if an important system-wide story is shared with your school but all of your Spotlight slots are full and locked, the story will be pushed immediately to the More News zone, where it's not as easy to spot. Locked stories should be exception on your site, rather than the rule. 

To lock a story, make sure it is in the zone (Spotlight or More News) and position that you want, and then, using the three-dot action icon, click to Lock Article:

 

Once the article has been locked, it will show the lock icon beside it, like the Welcome to Our New Website article shown here:

 

To unlock the article again, just un-select it the same way.

Permanently Removing a Story from your Website

See: Delete a Post.

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