A guide on how to manage your news section.

Logging in

To start managing your website the first step is to login to your website. The website address to edit your website is always your main website and “/admin” at the end i.e. http://mycommunitywebsite.onesuffolk.net/admin

Simply go to this address and then insert your username and password and click “login



Adding News

Adding news in this version of Silverstripe and the One Suffolk software is now simpler than ever.

To add a news item to your website simply click on “blog posts” on the left hand side menu and you will be greeted by a list of all your current news items – if you have any.

To add a new one click “Add Article” and then you will be greeted by a screen like the one below.

create news

Creating Content for your News Item

Once you have the box up you can then start to create your content in your news item. Firstly though, you need to give it a title by typing in the title of your news item in the "Title" box.

Once you have done that you add your content into the big white "Content" section. This is the area where you add your text, images, links, file downloads etc into your news item. To add text then simply type it into the white box. To add images then use the Add Image button (the one that looks like a picture) on the toolbar. From here you get a few options along the top. You can choose to add an image "From Your Computer", "From The Web" or "From the CMS". If the image hasn't been uploaded yet then use "From Your Computer". If you want to do this click "Choose Files to Upload", pick the image from your computer you want to upload and place into your news item and double click on it and then when done click "Insert". You may also need to tweak the dimensions of the image (if it is a large image) before you press "Insert", if that is the case click the edit button and then amend the pixel size to suit your needs. It is recommended you get the right size before clicking Insert as it isn't that easy to work with images once they are on the page. If the image has already been uploaded and in the system then click "From the CMS" and then choose the image from the File system and click "Insert".

If you want to add a link to a file in your news item then you need to click the "link" button (this looks like a chain symbol). Firstly you will need to type in the text that you want the link to be (i.e. the name of the file), select the text so it is highlighted in blue and then click the "link" button. Once you have clicked this a box like the one below will appear.


From here click "Download a file" and then you will need to either upload the file by clicking on "From Your Computer" or if the file is already uploaded then click "From Files". If you need to upload the file at this point, click on "From Your Computer", find the file on your computer in the box that appears and then double click on it and click "Insert" when you have done. If you have already uploaded the file before then click "From Files" and search through the website files system, find the file in question, double click on it and click "Insert". You will now have a link to a file on your news item.

Once you have finished creating your content click “Create” and then you are all done.

We recommend putting an image if you have one because on your news section (if you require one) it will display these images in little thumbnails next to the news item which will make the display of your news page more interesting.


You can do more advanced things like adding categories to your news items. Once you have the add news article box up you should notice a “Categories” tab along the top. Click on this and then you can do a search of the Categories section in the “Find Categories by Title” box to find the one that fits the news item best. If it doesn’t find one with the category you want then it doesn’t exist in the system. If it does find the category you are looking for simply click “link existing” and then your category will be linked.

If you want to add a new category, click the “Add Category” button and give your category a title and click “Create”. Once you have done this you should be able to search for this in the “Find Categories by Title” box at the top right of the screen.

Make sure you click “Save” when you are done.

Sticky Posts

Within the system there is a way to force a post or news item to be at the top of the news list. You can use the "Sticky posts" feature on a news item. Simply tick the "sticky post" box on the news item you want to make the top news item and click "Save". If you have multiple posts that you want to force to be at the top of your news pages then you will need to use the "sticky order" box and type in a number starting from 0 (being the latest sticky post) and 1 being the next latest sticky post. You can continue using the 0,1,2,3,4 etc numbering system to order your posts.

Active/Inactive Posts

In subsequent updates to the One Suffolk websites you can now add news posts but not have them as "active". This might be useful if you want to add a news item for the future but not yet "publish" it.

To use this feature, click into the news post of choice and then either untick or tick the "active" button at the bottom of the page. Click "Save" when you have done.

Deleting News/Blog Posts

To delete a news item to your website simply click on “blog posts” on the left hand side menu and you will be greeted by a list of all your current news items – if you have any.

Click the red cross next to the item and when it says “are you sure you want to delete?” click yes and your news item will be deleted

Creating Multiple News Pages

It is possible within the system to create multiple news pages that link to different types of information. To do this you need to use "Categories" and you need to create new "Posts Holder" pages.

The first step in this process is to create your categories.

To add a category, click on "Blog Posts" along the left hand side and then click on "Categories" along the top.

Click the "Add Category" button and then give your Category a Title by typing into the "Title" box and then once complete click "Create"

Once you have created your category you then need to create a new "Post Holder" page.

To do this click "Pages" on the left hand side and then click "Add New". You will then be greeted with a screen like the one below.


Firstly make sure you give your news page a "Page Name" and "Navigation Label" by typing in the appropriate boxes.

Secondly, you need to change the "Blog Holder Type" so that it says "By Category" by clicking on the drop down arrow and selecting that option. Finally you will need to click on the "Choose Category to display" dropdown and select the category you set up in the previous process.

Once complete click "Save and Publish" if you are happy for this to go live.