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LAS Framework - Spotlight

Add and edit content for the spotlight items in the LAS Framework.
Spotlight is a way to give special attention to someone or something on your site.  There are four types of spotlight supported out-of-the-box:  faculty, alumni, publication, and student.  An example of a spotlight item is shown below.
(A sample alumni spotlight)Sample spotlight preview

Adding a New Spotlight
You must be logged in as an Editor role or higher to add Spotlight
  1. Under the Manage menu at the top of your page, click the Content option
  2. Click the blue +Add Content button just below the content heading
  3. Click Spotlight on the list of available Content Types
  4. Complete the following fields:
    • Title - The Title will appear at the top of your page in large text. The title in particular will also be picked up by Search Engines so choose a title that accurately describes your page
    • Spotlight - Choose one classification from faculty, alumni, publication and student, depending on the content of Spotlight you are trying to create
    • Sort Date (optional) - Select a date. This will be used to sort your spotlights if you have them archived on a page. Otherwise, the default is today and spotlights are sorted by the most recent date created.
    • Body - The main area of the page. You can use the format toolbar to add bullets, tables, images, links, and files as well as basic formatting. 
      1. The Edit summary link can be clicked to bring up an additional field. The text used in this field will display when a preview snippet of the News item is used; for example, on the homepage listing.
        Summary field
    • Custom Tags (Optional)Type in a new category related to the news story. If this tag has already been created, it will show up in the autocomplete field and you can select it.
    • Department Tags (Optional)Select a category related to the news story from the list of available options.
    • Image - Choose an image to upload for the Spotlight from your machine. There is a 512 MB limit on image size. 
      Alternative Text - A short phrase or sentence describing the image.
  5. Click the save button

Editing an Existing Spotlight
You must be logged in as an Editor role or higher to edit Spotlight
  1. Under the Manage menu at the top of your page, click the Content option
  2. Set the Content Type Filter to be Spotlight and click the Filter button. This will limit the options to only Spotlight
  3. Select the Spotlight you want to edit and click the Edit button in the far right column
  4. Make changes to any other fields you need to update
  5. To replace the image, you must first remove the current one by clicking the Remove button and then using the Choose File button to select a new image. You will need to give a new Alternative Text entry for the new image.
  6. To remove the entry entirely, scroll to the buttom of the form and click the Delete button
  7. Click the Save button

Still have questions?
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Keywordsdrupal   Doc ID81173
OwnerSusie L.GroupUniversity of Illinois LAS
Created2018-03-27 16:39:29Updated2022-02-04 13:32:14
SitesUniversity of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
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