Re: [terryally] Questions, questions, questions

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By Jake - November 29, 2007

Hi Terry,

Thanks for your post!

While Article Manager doesn't include a global spell-checker, pretty much every browser has a spell-checking add-on available that you could use for this purpose.

You could set up a standard image gallery without accessing the database directly - take a look at this forum post by Donna on this subject:

http://www.interactivetools.com/forum/gforum.cgi?post=58102;search_string=image%20drop%20down;t=search_engine#58102

It's difficult to control where individual articles are placed on a page, but Article Manager 2 does offer a few methods for sorting articles on your page. Was there something specific you needed to do? With some more information we can take a look at some solutions for you.

Depending on how you need to control your ads, you might be able to use the "My Placeholders" feature of Article Manager for this. Basically, you could add in links to images as values for these placeholders. Once these placeholders were added to your templates, you could change the images at your convenience.

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Re: [Jake] Questions, questions, questions

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By terryally - December 11, 2007

Hi Jake,

Thanks for your response.

On the photo gallery, I think the solution offered is workable - based only on reading the referring post. I haven't tested it as yet.

On the sorting method, the options offered are not what I am looking for as they are too limiting and work arounds are too tedious and time consuming especially in a fast-paced news environment. Let me explain. On a given index page I may wish to publish a maximum of about 11 articles. Sorting alphabetical or at time created is too restrictive because news is sorted in order of importance based on editorial judgment. I may wish, for example, to update an existing story which - in my editorial judgment - is best placed at position #7. If I did that then it would shoot to the top. The work around is to alter - in descending order - the other articles so that it falls exactly in the same order. You presently offer a feature of placing the story at the top and I believe an extension can serve to offer placements. Of course, the issue is what happens when you have two #7's. Well that is easily dealt with by the time stamp - which is the most recent in that category? The other work around is to use a custom field and insert 11 different strings to place them on the index page when I set up the template. The issue of conflicting numbers will surface.

For ad management, I want better control i.e. number of impressions and expiry. The placeholder feature is inadequate. Maybe I have to use a secondary programme and just do an insert from that programme.

Terry

Re: [terryally] Questions, questions, questions

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By Jake - December 13, 2007

Hi Terry,

Thanks for your reply. [:)]

You could set up a sort field that worked off of the numbers 1 to 7 to adjust the placement of articles on your pages. On Article Manager's field creation page, there is an option that specifies whether an article can have the same value as another - using this option, you can prevent duplicate entries for page placement. This does mean that you would have to disable the placement option for older articles on an ongoing basis however.

In regards to your ad management comments, you would probably want to look at a third-party solution for this as Article Manager doesn't have any kind of ad tracking mechanisms built-in.

Let us know if we can help with anything else!
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