There are three primary areas for news on the home page:
(1) Featured News, displayed in the Featured News slider,
(2) News excerpts, displayed below the slider, andn the slider just below the main menu,
(3) Headlines, displayed below the News excerpts.
as shown in the figure to the right. In addition, at the bottom of the page (3), there are listings of additional posts from each of these categories. The following paragraphs explain how to enter posts in each of these areas.
Featured News (1)
The Featured News is intended for the most important news and information. It appears in a rotating slider. Featured News posts are in the Featured News category. The number of posts that rotate through the slider is set on the Appearance -> Theme Settings page shown below. The default is one (no rotation). Each Featured News post should include an image, the best size for which is approximately 230-260 px wide by 200 px high. The image should be inserted directly into the post.
Note that only an excerpt of a long new story, and most of the Featured News stories should be relatively long, will be displayed in the slider. It may be useful to use the Excerpt box in the post editor to create an excerpt of the proper size.
The News category is the workhorse that is intended for ‘routine’ news stories. Their useful life is generally shorter than Featured News stories; that is, they are tend to be more time sensitive, and become unimportant after a certain date. For example, a meeting announcement is not important after the meeting date. The number of News posts that appears on the home page is set on the Appearance->Theme Settings page shown below.
Note that only an excerpt of a long new story will be displayed. It may be useful to use the Excerpt box in the post editor to create an excerpt of the proper size.
Each News post can have two images. The image seen at the left of each news story in the figure is the Featured Image for the post. (Set in the Featured Image box of the post editor.) It is a thumbnail and should be included with each News post, otherwise the look of the front page is degraded by News posts with missing images. However, the Featured Image is not displayed in the post itself, which is displayed when a user clicks on the News post title. Any other image that is embedded into the body of the News post will be displayed in the single News post when the title is clicked.
Note that this is not the case for the Featured News. There, the entire post (excerpt) is displayed with any embedded, and the Featured Image is not used.
The Headlines box contains older Featured News and News posts. The Headline Categories and number of Headline posts to display from each category is set in the Appearance->Theme Settings page shown below. Note that posts will not appear twice on the home page. So if a post is in the News section, it will not also appear in the Headlines section.