The news module is used to manage news articles or blog posts. Already posted articles are listed in a clear manner and can be filtered and searched.

New articles can be created via the module - but you can only edit  the page properties there. Content is added via the page module and edited as on a standard page. That's why there's a Go to News Content button in the news list on every article and a Go to News Module button on each news page in the Page module to go from the News module to the page and vice versa.

To access a news list, you must be on the root page (often home or start page) or on a category page. The latter contains the article pages and can be inserted at any position in the page tree. In order not to lose the overview of the category pages, it is recommended that you select a location in the page tree for this.

Overview

The appearance of the list differs depending on whether you are on the root page or a category page. On the root page you can filter the articles by category and tags and if you are on a category page, the category filter is logically omitted. In both cases, the news list can be searched.

Another difference is the button above the list. On the root page you will see the button Add News Category and on a category page the button Add News Record. On the root page it is still possible to create a new news entry, because the options in the listed records are the same. In the screenshot of the news list you can see all available editing options of an article. The first four editing options are always visible and should already be known from other TYPO3 elements: View webpage, open editing mode/Edit record, Hide page and Delete record. If you click on the three dots after the first buttons, more editing options will appear. From left to right the following options are available: Display information, Move page, Display change history/Un-do, Set permissions for page, Create new page after this page.

News Page– Page Properties

The following three tabs in the page properties of news are different from other page types. However, there are tabs that are repeated on (almost) every page. We have summarized these page properties for you.

In contrast to a standard page, the properties of a news page require a few adjustments. Apart from that you can add and edit content as usual.

Tab General

Title, Pagetitle & Description

When creating a new news page via the news module, you will immediately be taken to the page properties and must first specify a page title, even if this will be overwritten after saving and is automatically composed of the date of the last update and the title. Therefore, you should also specify a title in the first step, so that a unique page title can be generated. If you insert a news page by using the buttons/icons above the page tree, only the date will be used as page title. As soon as you enter a title in the page properties and save it, the page title will also be adjusted.

The description of the page is important when creating teasers for the news page. It also serves as a description for search engines (short description of the page's content), for this purpose the text should not be longer than 135 characters.

You can see the news teasers on our preview page. There is also documentation available for the corresponding news content elements.

URL Segment, URL path segment, Highlighted/Top Element & Don't show in "Latest News"

The URL Segment is automatically generated from the position in the page tree and the pagetitle. If you want to change the URL, you can do so by adjusting the new path directly or by entering a URL path segment. The latter causes that the page title in the URL is replaced by the path segment. In order for the path segment to be transferred to the URL, you must click on the right button next to the URL segment (Recalculate URL segment).

If you do not want subpages of the created page to receive the path segment of the current page, place a check mark under Exclude from URL segment generation on subpages. This ensures short and concise URLs. However, since news pages usually have no subpages, you can neglect this setting.

If you want to highlight the article, activate the corresponding option. And if you do not want the news article to appear in the latest news, place a check mark below it.

Author, Last Update, Like Count, Location

Authors are displayed at the end of an article, the user can then call up further articles by the author. You can also create a teaser list of articles by an author. An author is created using the list module.

Since the page title is generated from the date of the last update and the title, you have the possibility to adjust the last update here. You can also see the Like Count, which can also be adjusted. You can even enter a location for the article.

Show the content from another page, Related Elements, Tags

If you want to set the content of another page as a news item, you only need to enter the page in this place. Then you do not have to add any new content. Only the page properties (title, URL etc.) have to be adjusted.

Related pages are listed as related articles in the frontend at the end of a news article. News tags are created as categories in the list module. They are important if you create article teasers by category/tag.

Tab Images

Images are crucial for presenting the articles as teasers. The image for the single view uses the content element latest news. No relation at this point would result in an incorrect display of the teaser/slider. The teaser image is used for all types of news teasers.

Tab Metadata

Metadata is additional data/information about a page. They can lead to a better search engine ranking.

Meta tag for search engines policy

Nofollow and Noindex tell the search engine crawlers how to handle the page. Noindex means that the page is not indexed, so it should not be listed in the search results. This can be useful, for example, for a sitemap that would hardly be useful to a user. Nofollow causes that the links on the page are not followed by crawlers.

Abstract, Title Tag, Canonical Tag

The abstract is used by some search engines to give a short text about the page content. For other search engines, like Google, it is another source of information about the website. For abstracts menus this text is used too.

The title tag is used as a header/title in a search result. It should be meaningful, unique and yet concise (up to about 55 characters long). The caption of the browser tab is the same as the title tag. Specify a canonical tag if, for example, you have set the content of another page in the General tab. With the Canonical tag you refer to the original page as the main page and as the one that is displayed in case of a search query. This protects your page from being penalized by search engines for duplicate content.

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