Design your site to fit your publication’s style

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The SNO Framework is built around the idea of giving site owners complete flexibility with easy to customize options for every aspect of their sites.

The SNO Design Options page, available under the Appearance tab on the left side of your WordPress dashboard, allows you to change to a different preset style starter, change locations of many of the elements such as navigation bars and social media icons, and change all the site’s colors, fonts, and styles.

On the SNO Design Options page, you can also choose how you want to layout your home, story, category, and staff pages. Clicking under the About Home Page Structure section of the SNO Design Page allows you to see which elements widget areas of the layout are active on your homepage. Clicking on the Story Page section lets you choose a story page that includes a side bar, one that reveals a full page story option,  or one that use immersive photos and chapters. Clicking on the Category Pages section and the Staff Page lets you choose which style you’d like for each page.

With the exception of the Showcase Box and Teaser Bars, the content of your site is placed in widgets that can be dragged and dropped into any area. Your site has five widget styles that you can define on the SNO Design Options page. In addition, each SNO widget can be set to its own widget style and further given a custom color scheme.

Every color on your site can easily be changed with our simple color picking tools. These are available on the SNO Design Options page as well as in every SNO widget.

When your site was built, it had a default text header with your publication’s name and tagline. On your SNO Design Options page, there’s a place to upload a custom header graphic to give your site its own identity.

The three navigation menus (two at the top and one in the footer) on your site can edited by clicking Menu under the Appearance tab. You can have unlimited levels of drop-downs on your site’s top navigation bars.

Categories: Showcase

Avoid double story placement

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If you place stories in more than one category, say both Showcase and Sports, the story will display in both of these sections on the homepage.  The recommend way of working with this is to place a story in the Showcase category first, and then once other stories have displaced it as a top story, change the story to be in Sports category.  This way the story will be filed correctly, but it will not display twice.

Also when placing stories in a subcategory, you do not need to also place them in the parent category.

Categories: Showcase

Adding a featured image enhances each story

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There are two ways to add a photo to a story in WordPress.  One is to set the photo as a Featured Image for the story, and the other is to insert the photo into the body of the story’s text.  Your SNO site is designed to make use of the Featured Image method.  Photos inserted directly into the body of the story will not show up on the homepage, the category view page, or the search page.

Make sure your photo is properly sized before uploading it to your site. Then add any new story and scroll to the bottom of the Edit Story page and find the set Featured Image box on the right-hand side; click on the set featured image link.

Click on Upload Files in the upper left-hand corner, then click select files or drag and drop the picture you would like to be the featured image for this story. The picture will upload and a set of fields/boxes will appear to the right. Fill in the Caption and Photographer boxes.

Click the set featured image button in the lower right-hand corner and your featured image show up in the featured image box. Choose the location for your Feature Image from the dropdown menu in Custom Fields.

Categories: Showcase

Showcase area displays top stories in a variety of formats

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This area at the top of the homepage is called the Home Top Story & Showcase Area. You can use this space to showcase your top stories.

You have two options for this area: displaying a single Top Story or showcasing many stories/photos most recently added to single category. There are many options for showing multiple stories. Some options include just images, others use images with text.  Some will spread across the entire width of the homepage, and others will provide space for a sidebar.  The SNO Design Options page will let you choose which look works best for your site.

This carousel can be kept fresh by using the Showcase category and labeling all stories you wan to scroll through this Showcase Area with that category. There is a section on the SNO Design Options page that allows you to control the settings for this Home Showcase Carousel.



Categories: Showcase