Manage the news page

Along with the Home page and the Team page, the News page cannot be edited in the same way as a typical web page. If you try to edit the News page in this way, your changes will not be visible.

News items can be a great way of keeping patients up to date with things that are happening within the practice. They are stored indefinitely on the website, so patients can always keep track of changes.

Creating a new news item

  • In order to add new news items to your website, please log in.
  • Select ‘News’ from the black sidebar. This will take you to a list of news items that are currently displayed on your website.
  • Select ‘Add New’ from the black sidebar. This will open the editor.
  • From here you can edit your news item in the same way that you would a typical page. You can find out more about adding a page here.
  • Don’t forget to click the blue ‘Publish’ button to add your news item to your website.

By default your home page will have a news widget included on it. Your news article will automatically be added to this widget once you have created it.

News archiving and management

When you start adding News items to your website, two boxes will appear on the right sidebar of the News page.

Screenshot of news sidebar

  • Recent News – a list of your most recent news articles will display here. Patients can click on the links to navigate directly to the news item that they want to read.
  • News Archive – after a certain length of time, your news items will automatically archive themselves. This is to save space on the news page. The articles will manage searchable, and patients can navigate through to find them.

Making a news item ‘sticky’

It may be that you have a piece of news that patients need to be aware of over a long period of time. Perhaps one of your GPs is retiring, and you don’t want this information to get lost within your other news articles. You can make it ‘sticky’. This will place this article at the beginning of your news page, regardless of chronological order.

  • In order to make a news item ‘sticky’, please log in.
  • Select ‘News’ from the black sidebar. This will take you to a list of news items that are currently displayed on your website.
  • Select the news item that you wish to make ‘sticky’. This will open up the editor for that page.
  • On the right hand side of your screen, you will see a small box with the following options.

Screenshot of news item options

  • Select ‘Edit’ next to the Visibility: Public option. This will open up a drop down menu with three options.

Screenshot of the 'sticky' option for the news item

  • Select ‘Stick this post to the front page’ to make your news item ‘sticky’.
  • Don’t forget to click on the blue ‘Update’ button to save your changes.

If you now visit your news page, you should see that the news item you made ‘sticky’ is at the top of the page. It will remain ‘sticky’ until you choose to remove this option, which can be done by simply deselecting the check-box and updating.

Making a news item ‘sticky’ on the home page

It may be that you have a news widget on your home page, which shows visitors an overview of your news. Whilst new news items will automatically appear here, the ‘sticky’ option needs to be turned on manually. We recommend that you do this, so that visitors don’t miss any information.

  • In order to make a news item ‘sticky’ on the home page, please log in.
  • Select ‘Appearance’ and then ‘Widgets’ from the black sidebar. This will take you to your widget menu.
  • Depending on the layout of your home page, the news widget might be in one of several places.

Screenshot of the widget menu

  • Typically your news widget will be either in Home – Main Widget or Home – Below Main Full Width. If you cannot find your news widget, or if you are not sure whether it is active, you can contact us on support@gpsurgery.net.
  • You can open up the news widget option by selecting the drop down arrow.
  • The options tab for the news widget is quite long, but about halfway down you should see the ‘Sticky Posts’ option.

Screenshot of 'sticky posts' option in news widget

  • Make sure that this option is set to ‘True’. This will ensure that your ‘sticky’ news items appear at the top of the news widget.
  • Don’t forget to scroll down and select the blue ‘Save’ button to ensure that your changes have been saved.
  • If you now visit your home page, you should see that your ‘sticky’ news item is at the top of the news widget.

Deleting news items

News items that you create will remain on your website indefinitely. They will be automatically archived and can be searched by visitors. If you no longer wish for visitors to view a news item, you can delete it.

  • In order to delete a news item from your website, please log in.
  • Select ‘News’ from the black sidebar. This will take you to a list of news items that are currently displayed on your website.
  • By hovering your mouse over the name of the news item you wish to delete, you will notice that a list of options appear.

Screenshot of news item in news menu

  • By selecting ‘Bin’, you will be able to remove your news item from your website.

After deleting a news item you may get a pop up message warning you about the deletion. Unless you have linked the new item on lots of other different pages, you can safely ignore this pop up.

Restoring a news item

If you accidentally bin a news item that you wished to remain on your website, you are able to restore it.

  • In order to restore a news item to your website, please log in.
  • Select ‘News’ from the black sidebar. This will take you to a list of news items that are currently displayed on your website.
  • By looking at the menu at the top, you will notice that there is a ‘Bin’. This contains the news item that we accidentally deleted.

Screenshot of 'bin' option in news menu

  • Select ‘Bin’, and your deleted news item will appear. By hovering your mouse over the name of the news item that you wish to restore, you will notice that a list of options appears.

Screenshot of news item submenu options

  • By selecting ‘Restore’, your news item will reappear on your website, both on the news page and on the news widget (if you have it enabled). If this news item was ‘sticky’, you will have to re-enable this function.

WARNING: If you select ‘Delete Permanently’, then you will no longer be able to restore your news item. Be careful where you click!

If something goes wrong with your news page, or you have a query related to it, you can contact us on support@gpsurgery.net.