News Articles in Drupal

Posted August 28th, 2015 at 2:30 pm.

Creating an Article

See also News Article Content Style Guidelines from College Communications.

From your section management screen, select “Article”


Complete required fields.

Main Content

  • Primary Image appears at the top of the article, and in article listings/teasers with images.
    • Title is used as the image caption, as well as a tool tip when the user hovers the mouse over the image.
    • Use the crop tool after uploading your image to set crops as described below.
    • Minimum pixel width of the original image should be 1200 pixels for landscape formats, 565 for portrait and thumbnail-only formats.

      Primary image types: 
      Wide or Double-wide: image is displayed above the body text, in a wide or double-wide (landscape) format.
      Portrait: image is displayed to the right of the body text, in a tall (portrait) format.
      Thumbnail only: image is not displayed in the article node, only as a thumbnail in the news feed. This image is also displayed as a thumbnail (square format) in a News Teaser.
      Aggregator Ratio: larger thumbnail on Aggregator pages such as
      Bulletin Explore: larger thumbnail used for Bulletin articles on Bulletin issue front page and Explore Stories page.

    • Articles created before March 2017 will need to be edited to utilize multiple cropping options.
  • Blurb will appear in the article listing/teaser for an article.
  • Images may be inserted in the body of the article, as with any page.
  • Videos or other embedded content may be embedded by Administrators, Site Editors, or users with the Full HTML Embed role. Contact for assistance with embedding.
  • Edit the embed code to set width to 95% to make video look good in all display sizes. Otherwise it may overlap with the right column content. Example code:
    <iframe allowfullscreen=”” src=”” frameborder=”0″ height=”315″ width=”95%”></iframe></p>
  • Videos added using the Video content type may be added here.


  • Primary Section determines the section your article “lives” in, and therefore its left navigation.
  • Secondary Section allows the article to appear in additional relevant sections. For example, a Chemistry article might also appear in the Biochemistry section.
  • Topics are additional terms determined by Communications that permit articles to appear in additional relevant locations– for instance, a feed of news items about the Humanities.
  • Upgrade to Premium- available only to Communications, this allows the article to be promoted to aggregator pages.


  • Carousels may be included, as with any page.

Sidebar content:

  • Calls to Action- Add blue call to action links.
  • Image gallery- Add images that will appear in a gallery in right sidebar.
    • Visitors may view the full size images and browse the gallery by clicking on an image.
    • Be sure to enter a title for each image, as well as alt text. Images without titles will use the image file name (such as owl27.jpg) as a title.
  • Image gallery caption- This caption will appear beneath the gallery thumbnails in the sidebar.
  • Custom sidebar text- Brief custom text with rich text formatting.
  • Related Links will display in the right sidebar, above Related Articles. A common use is to link to a department relevant to an article.
  • Related articles are automatically determined for each article via the following priorities: Article terms (e.g. STEM), then sections (except News).
  • The Related Articles sidebar item will not display if there are no related articles found.


Displaying articles on other pages:

Most commonly, departments will have a news listing in the right column of the homepage, or a separate news page linked in the left navigation. Articles created by the Communications staff relevant to your department will appear here, as well as articles created by your department.

Lists of articles, or individual articles, may be displayed on any page via the Embedded Content tab.


  • “Embed a story in this page” allows you to embed a single article. Type part of an article title to find it, then save the page, and use “customize this page” to move the article block if needed.
  • Embed a Story View display lists of articles. In the Articles box, select the option that best meets your needs. Save the page.
  •  Adding a title to an embedded news feed:
    • click “customize this page” on the page with the feed
    • click the gear icon above your feed
    • check “override title” and enter your desired title.
    • click “continue.”
    • click “finish”
  • Embedded content not displaying as expected, or not displaying with titles you set? Refresh the page. Still not working? Contact for further assistance.

Promote any article in any section to the News homepage: (Communications staff only)

  • While editing an article, scroll down to Publishing Options tab
  • Check “promoted to front page”
  • Note: Articles housed in sections other than News will retain their own navigation and can still be edited by their authors.
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