12. Content Creation in RED

Creating Content in RED

Content on your pages is created with a combination of Components and Posts. Components are created individually on the page. Posts are created in News, Events, Profile or Billboard and then can be used and reused on pages or within components.

Components Vs. Posts

Below, we have detailed the differences between Components and Posts.

Components are custom-made groups of content fields that are added to pages to create your content body. Unlike typical WordPress installation, there is not one, large body field where all the content is added for a page. For each block of content you want to add to your page, you will select the appropriate custom content component to use as an element of the page.

Most pages allow for all of the available components, but some templates are designed to use only specific components. Within a page’s content area, you can drag and drop components to re-order them. Using components to create content groupings aids in designing for the multiple types of devices and screen sizes that site visitors will use to see your website. This responsive design approach means that the site works on phones, tablets and desktops in a seamless manner.

custom post area in RED dashboard

There are four types of Custom Posts:

  1. News Post: When you create a News post, the primary content area is the Intro text which includes optional fields for a subtitle, excerpt, author and image, as well as a required body text field. The Excerpt field allows you to indicate which content you want to show in a listing of news, either on a News Listing page or in a Highlight News component. If you leave this field blank, the excerpt will automatically pull the first few lines of body text.  You can also create and add categories and tags for your news posts. Assigning categories to your posts allows you to select which group of posts show on pages or in highlight components on pages.
  2. Events Post: When you create an Event post, all fields are specific to details of the event. There are no additional components or billboards available in an individual event post. You can also create and add categories and tags for your Event posts. Assigning categories to your posts allows you to select which group of posts show on pages or in highlight components on pages.
  3. Profile Post: This type of custom post relates to displaying personal profiles (i.e. faculty, staff, graduate students, etc.).  When you create a Profile post, all fields are specific to details of the Profile entry. There are no additional components or billboards available in an individual Profile post.
  4. Billboard Post: Billboard Posts are created individually, and include a Title, which only appears in your dashboard listing of Billboard Posts, and the content fields of Link, Title and description.  To use the Billboard Posts, on pages that include the Attach Billboards content area, you can selectively add 3-4 items on a page. These posts appear at the bottom of your page’s content, just above the footer.

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