News articles show your users the good work you’re accomplishing together as a company and the impacts you‘re making in the community. They also serve to keep them up to date on the positive outcomes that their donations have created for the causes they support.
Once created, users can access published news articles in two ways, either from their Dashboards or the What’s New tab on the main page.
1. Open the Manage page
To create company news articles, click Manage to enter the administrator side of the tool.
From here, there are two ways to reach the News Management page:
- From the main admin dashboard, select Create News from the Create dropdown or
- Select News from the management bar, then click the button Add New.
2. Basic Info
The first section to complete is Basic Info, which includes the Article Title and the full Body Text of the article. You will want to include all relevant information, so you can establish what is going on and how it affects your users and the company.
By enabling the Enable Rich Text option in the body text, you’ll find a few more formatting options including easy hyper-linking and video clip embedding.
3. Add Image
You can add one or more images to your article in the Add Image section. Each image:
- has a maximum file size of 100 MB
- can be one of the following: png, gif, jpg, or jpeg
- must be larger than 300x225 pixels).
It helps to be selective and choose images that are bright, iconic and positive to get people’s attention. Whether you are using images from your own events, images provided by a charity or nonprofit, or stock images, it’s important that they create a connection for your users.
4. Revision Information
The Revision Information section allows you to leave notes to other Content Managers and Administrators explaining the edits that you’ve made. Your note will only appear to other admins when they open the edit page under the heading Previous Revision Notes. These notes will not be visible to users reading the article.
By selecting the Create New Revision checkbox, the article will override the previous one and allow you to add notes to other administrators.
5. Custom Classifications
The Custom Classifications section allows you to target your article to users in specific departments or geographical areas. If no values are chosen, your article will display to all users globally.
6. Publishing Options
Once you’re happy with your content and want to publish it to your Spark users, check the Publish box under Publishing Options. You will also be able to specify whether you'd like to Keep in its Current Position or Publish as the Most Recent.
You can also choose to uncheck the Publish checkbox and click Save. The article will then appear as Unpublished on your News Management page, where you or others with the same privileges can return to edit and publish it any time.
7. Comment Settings
If you’d like to encourage people to discuss your article, enable comments in the Comment Settings section. As an administrator, you have the power to edit or delete existing comments or change the article settings to show or hide existing comments.
Once you have reviewed all your content, select Save and this will either push the article live for all selected users (if you checked the Publish box), or it will be added to the News Management page to review and edit later.