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Educational Article

*Educational Articles are only available on the Extension website.

Basic Information

Educational Articles are the primary way that Extension educators share their knowledge with the public. Examples include fact sheets and how-tos, though there are many other formats Articles can take. Educational Articles consist of a single page, but several Articles can be joined together in the form of a Book.

A list of Articles automatically shows up on all the Topic Area pages, such as the Agriculture page.

Below is a screenshot of an Article. In addition to regular formatted text content, Articles also have buttons to allow people to share them easily on social networks. Every Article can have a link back to the program that created it, as well as links to other articles that visitors might find interesting.

Articles can be tagged with topics to make it easier to find and sort them.

How to Create Articles

Title

The title field is mandatory in Articles and almost every other type of content on the AGNR Websites. Only plain text is accepted. The title will appear at the top of your article when published.

Title field

Topic Area

The Topic Area* is the broad topic that the article fits into. You may select multiple topics (up to three) by holding down CTRL when selecting. When published, the article will automatically be listed on the Topic Area page selected. For example, an article with the Money Topic Area selected will appear on the Money page.

*This field was formerly named Resource Area.

Select box with list of Topics in it.

Article Type

The Article Type provides a way to classify content as a peer-reviewed article. You have two choices in the Article Type field: Article (selected by default) or Peer Reviewed Article. Choose Peer Reviewed Publication if it has been subject to the peer review process.

Author

The author field allows you to give credit to the original author of the content. This may be you, or it may be a supervisor or colleague who has asked you to add the material to the website. While Drupal does track which user first created an article, this information is not made public, but the Author field is.

Author text field

Image

The image appears at the top of the article. It will also be featured in various sizes in lists of content across the site. Two examples of how the Article image field is displayed are the three "Recent Articles" displayed on every Resource Area page and the "Latest Articles" block on the Extension homepage.

Screenshot of part of a page showing Latest Articlees with thumbnail images

The form element for uploading an image may look different, depending on your browser (the image pictured comes from Chrome). All browsers, however, will have the option to upload an image from your hard drive, or use the image browser to select an image from the server. For more information on using the image browser, see "Working with Images" in this manual.

Image field with Upload and File Browser links, and an upload field shown below them.

Body

The Body field is available on most content types in our Drupal websites. This is where you should put the actual text of your article. It can be as long as you want, and can be formatted in many ways.

Above the text field, there is a link to "Edit Summary." The summary will be shown on pages that list articles in a "teaser" view: for example, the list of articles you see when you click on a tag. If you choose not to create a summary, Drupal will show the first 300 words or so of the article as the teaser.

For more information about working with text in the Body field, see the Drupal Text Editor cheat sheet.

screenshot of the Body textarea field with text editor buttons above and text format hints below.

Document

Document is an optional field which you can use to attach files to the article. You may want to do this if you already have a publication as a PDF and don't want to copy and paste it into Drupal and reformat it.

Once a file is uploaded, a Description field will appear. The Description field is optional, but if filled in, it will be used as the title of the link rather than the file name.

A link to the attached document will appear automatically at the end of the article. You may not attach more than one document to an article, and the file must be less than 100 MB.
Allowed file types: txt doc docx pdf xls xlsx ppt pptx jpeg jpg gif png bmp svg ai.

Document field with Upload and File Browser links, and an upload field shown below them.

Tags

Tags provide yet another way to classify content. Tags exist to list topics that the Article discusses. They are rather like the Resource Area field, except the options are unlimited.

Once you begin typing in the field, a popup list will appear, showing tags that have previously been used. You may select one or more, or create your own.

Be sure to:

Separate tags with commas, not spacesAvoid using tags that duplicate information, such as putting an Article in the Farming Resource Area, then tagging it farming.

Tags text entry field

Brought To You By

This is the field that links articles you've created with any program or county office you belong to. It works like the author field, except it gives credit to a whole group.

To choose a program or county office, simply begin typing its name in the Brought to You by field. Multiple counties/programs can be selected by separating the entries with commas.

In published content, the Brought To You By field includes a link to the program or office's home page, and a logo if the program has one.

Brought To You By field: a text entry field with a draggable handle next to it.

Feature On

An autocomplete text field that allows you to enter Programs and County Offices.

When a particular program or county is specified in the "Feature On" field, the article will automatically be listed in the "Recent Articles" block on the program/county homepage. Each program/county also has a "Learn" page that lists all the articles Brought To You By that county/program.

You can select multiple programs/locations by clicking "Add another item" after each entry.

Feature On field: a text entry field with a draggable handle next to it.

Settings

At the bottom of every edit form, special settings are available in a set of vertical tabs. For Articles, the options should be Book outline and Publishing Options.

You may wish to uncheck the "Published" box if you want to keep your article in a draft format. Unpublishing content in this way hides it from all users and visitors except the original creator.

To find out more about the Book outline section and creating books, read on to the "books" section.

Settings tabs for Article: Publishing options and book outline