Ellington CMS admin screen

Basic story and photo management in Ellington CMS

Over the last couple of minutes we’ve had some new hires around the company, and this reminded me that I had never put a few training videos I created in a centralized place.

So here they are!

Below are videos (5–7 min each) going over the basics for adding stories and photos to your websites.

Adding a story

Adding a photo

More on adding a story from the Ellington documentation. (Email me if you would like a login to the documentation site)

Adding a Story
To add a story in Ellington, you will need to log into the admin panel. After logging in, locate the ‘stories’ section and click the ‘add’ button.
Fill in the headline of the story.
Note: The slug is automatically filled in.
If you have a Print headline and subhead, enter them in the appropriate fields. They are not required.
Select the author from the list located under bylines.
Note: If the author is not a staff member and is not listed, use the One-off byline field to fill in a name manually.
Fill out the tease section with a brief summary of your story, it should grab readers’ attention.
Type the story content in the left-hand text entry box. Utilize the Story Editor button on top of the box to format text and add inlines.
Select an inline type from the drop down menu. This will bring up an area where you can select the appropriate type of inline. You can see a complete list of inlines here.
Note:Inlines are optional, but powerful tools that allow you to customize your with many types of media.
Select a tease and lead photo. If the lead photo has a headline, it will hide the headline you typed in earlier and use the one from the photo.
Select the Original Publication date and time Change the status to either ‘live’ (published) or ‘not public’.
Select the Web site that it this story will be published to.
Select the category that this story falls into.
Select whether comments are enabled, disabled, frozen (stops all future comments, allows existing ones to continue to be displayed) or verified (only verified users can comment).
(Optional)Select the type of metadata (either keywords or description). Metadata is designed to optimize search engine results (such as Google) and make stories easier for search engines to find.
Click save.

More on adding a photo from Ellington documentation:

Adding a Photo
Acceptable file formats for photos include (jpeg, png, gif).
For optimum quality in Ellington, we suggest you load photos with a 4:3 ratio. 1200x800 will work best within Ellington Default templates.
Photos in Ellington will mogrify. This means that the same photo object you are using for a headline photo can be used as the thumbnail in a story list. Ellington will autosize the photo to fit the space without losing any of the resolution of the photo.
If the picture has an alternate ration or is smaller size, like this 199x254, then in some of the Ellington template views the object may input ‘matting’ around it.
Photo Admin
In the admin panel, locate the ‘photos’ section and click the add button.
Next to the photo field, click the browse button and select the photo from your hard drive.
Select the photo type and status.
Status: Live will set the photo to display on the Public facing side. To remove photo, change status to ‘delete.’
Photo was created by a site user: If this photo was uploaded by pubic users, then the box will be checked.
Photo type: In Ellington Default templates, the Photo cubes on each section, will render photo with the Photo type ‘photographs.’ If you are loading obituary photos, then create a new photo type called ‘obituary.’ This way the obit photo will not be showcased on the homepage photo cube. If you have a photo cube on a section, like ‘sports’ then the photo will appear there if it has the correct photo type and category selection.
Select the category.
Select the site(s) the photo will be published on.
We have reproduction rights for this photo. Check this box if you own right to photo.
Select the photographer that took the picture. If the photographer is not listed in the drop down menu, fill in the ‘One-off photographer’ field.
Fill in the date and time the photo will be published.
Related Links. You can add links here that will display on the photo object page for this image. The links will display at the bottom of the image.
Story View
This photo will be available to use on Stories as an inline or thumbnail. Lead Photos on a story are selected from the ‘cropped’ photo model. This photo will display in photo cubes, on home page or sections, if the correct photo type and category is selected. It will display on the photo page on your site found at: www.yoursite.com/photos. It will also also have it’s own object page that will display any links you may have added. If this image was used as an inline, you will also see a link to that story.
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