Creating news categories

Firefly supports automatic news management. These management features are based around two core concepts: news categories and news feeds.

About news categories

A news category is a way of organising news stories (in the form of Firefly pages) that relate to each other. For example, the Football Team might set up a Football Team News category which contains news stories related to football. 

A news feed is a type of content that you can add to any Firefly page and which displays the content of a news category in a variety of customisable ways.

Once you have set up a news feed component to summarise a news category, it will always display the latest stories (up to the number of items you define). Whenever a story is added to a particular news category, it will immediately appear on all news feed components summarising that news category across Firefly. This allows you to place news feed components that summarise the same news category on multiple pages, with no extra effort in keeping them up to date.

Creating a news category

1.  Open the Control Panel

From anywhere in Firefly, select the arrow next to Edit Page and choose Control Panel. 

Only administrators have access to the Control Panel.

2.  Select Create news category

In the Structure tab, select Create news category.

3.  Set up your news category

Enter the chosen name for the news category in the Title box.

If necessary, change the visibility settings by modifying the Summarise and Post groups:

  • Summarise group: the group of users allowed to add a summary of this category to a page (or pages). Inherit means that the group(s) is/are the same as the parent section's Write group(s).
  • Post group: the group of users allowed to add stories to this News category. Inherit means that the groups are the same as the ones defined for the parent group.

Select Create News Category to confirm.

4.  Display your news category as a news feed

Open the page you would like to display your news category on and select Edit. Choose More then News Feed.

Select News stories from this site, then choose the category from the drop-down. You can also customise the display style, number of items to display and information shown.

5.  Save your changes

Select Done when you're ready. The news feed will be added to your page and will be automatically updated whenever a news story is added to that news category.