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Plone: Working with the Spotlight Area

The Spotlight area on your home page contains an alphabetized list of news items or news links that you want to highlight for a period of time. You add a spotlight item in very much the same way as a News Item or News Link but you need to place it in the Spotlight folder.

A Spotlight item is a page that contains a title, description and information about a news item being spotlighted.

A Spotlight link will open an external site or another page in the Extension site. You will need the entire URL to create the link. You will also provide a title and a short description about the link. The title will automatically be linked to the URL you provide.

Add a Spotlight Item

  1. Go to your home page
  2. In the left navigation, click the News button
  3. In the left navigation, click the Spotlight folder
  4. In the toolbar, click the Add new... button, choose PAGE
    • An Add Page window will appear
  5. Enter a Title (required)
  6. Enter a short Summary
  7. Optionally, in the Image area, click Browse to include a picture in the Spotlight item
    • Images should be roughly square in dimension. Plone will automatically resize an image to fit into the box provided!
      -- Please no long, skinny images or short wide images
    • When a visitor to your website clicks on the image, they will be shown the original, larger view. TIP: For best viewing of the larger image, images should be sized to approximately 800 x 600.
  8. If you included an image, provide a short description of the image in the Image Caption box
  9. Enter Body Text
    • This could include additional information along with registration links or contact information
    • Text in this area can be formatted by selecting it and using the toolbar options. For more detailed information about the buttons on this toolbar, see the Using The Text Box Toolbar How To.
  10. Click Save
    • NOTE: The Spotlight Item is created but it does NOT appear anywhere on the website
  11. On the top navigation bar, look for Status. Click and choose Publish.

Go to the home page to see this Spotlight Link at the top right. TIP: If the change does not appear, you can press Ctrl+Refresh.

Add a Spotlight Link

  1. Go to your home page
  2. In the left navigation, click the News button
  3. in the left navigation, click the Spotlight folder
  4. In the toolbar, click the Add new... button, choose LINK
    • An Add Link window will appear
  5. Enter a Title (required)
  6. Enter a short Description
  7. Optionally, in the Image area, click Browse to include a picture in the Spotlight item
    • Images should be roughly square with dimensions of approximately 250px by 250px. -- no long, skinny images or short wide images
    • If you included an image, provide a short description of the image in the Image Caption box
  8. Enter the entire URL (required)
  9. Click Save
    • NOTE: The Spotlight Link is created but it does NOT appear anywhere on the website
  10. On the top navigation bar, look for Status. Click and choose Publish.

Go to the home page to see this Spotlight Link at the top right. TIP: If the change does not appear, you can press Ctrl+Refresh.

Edit a Spotlight Item or Link

  1. In the left navigation, click the News button
  2. In the left navigation, click the Spotlight folder
  3. On the toolbar click the Contents tab
  4. Click the title of the item or link you need to change (do not check the box)
  5. On the toolbar click the Edit tab
  6. Make changes to the news item or link
  7. When you are done, click Save
  8. Confirm that the page/link is published

Delete a Spotlight Item or Link

  1. In the left navigation, click the News button
  2. In the left navigation, click the Spotlight folder
  3. On the toolbar click the Contents tab
  4. Check the box beside the Spotlight Item or Spotlight Link you need to delete (do not click on the title)
  5. At the bottom of the screen, click the Delete button