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Photos in news stories

Hi everyone.  New to the Sport Ngin community.  I am currently building a new website for my company NPF Sports.  I think this is a great way to share some of the things I have experienced in the past. (15 years of working with sports websites).

I apologize ahead of time if this idea was already suggested or if there already is a way to execute what I am suggesting.

I want to be able to add a photo to the body of the news story with one step. I understand a page element  and single photo can be used, but there are drawbacks. The exception would be adding a full width photo/image/video to the news story. That works with a page element.

Here are the two suggestions I received from support to add a photo to the body of a news story:

1. Create a page that is used to store photos and then right-click and copy the URL.  Use the add image function in the tool bar and add the photo that way.

This isn't too bad of a way of doing it but the problem is you need to upload the photos in another window and another page. You also might end up uploading 1000s of photos.  If you need one that was uploaded in the past, it might difficult to find. The best solution might be to upload the photo again, but now you are flooding server space with repetitive photos.

2. Create a template with a sidebar that has a single photo page element.

This actually works well for head shots, but that's about it.  You can't enlarge photos or control the size. The other problem is joining the news template every time you add a news story.  Very cumbersome process.

Here is my suggestion on an easier way to do this based on past CMS I have used.

All photos are stored in one central location - a media library. This is how Wordpress functions as well.  That way you only have to upload a photo once.  The library is also searchable by name.  My last site, we had over 700 photos/images and they were easy to find.  When you come to the news story, you can add a photo which brings up a pop up window with all your previously downloaded images.  If the photo is not in the library, you can upload a new photo at this time.  Once the new photo is uploaded to the library, it is added to the news story.  The size can be adjusted along with alignment.  This is all done in the body of the story, very similar to the the function that already exists where you add the URL.

I can say that I will be adding a lot of stories this year.  Downloading every photo, every time and not being able to do it with one step will make my job or my editors job very time consuming.

Thanks for listening and if there is a better solution, please let me know.


  • Chris Kucharski
  • Jun 28 2015
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Frequency Daily
Which sport(s) does this apply to: Other
Organization type Media
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  • Joe Proulx commented
    7 Oct, 2016 06:56pm

    This appears to be resolved now, right? The news story functionality has the same functionality as a page in my installations. 

  • Robert Boucher commented
    12 Sep, 2015 05:37pm

    And what you can realize until *after* you make the article, is that you have the ability to add more stuff to the article at that point.  Sigh.

  • Robert Boucher commented
    12 Sep, 2015 05:19pm

    A news article is just a text block.  There's (seemingly) no ability to add other content types that are specific to an article.  We'd like to have an article with a slide show from a recent event.

    I looked at making a news article template, but adding a gallery there requires me to name it, which implies that it would be shared across all articles that use this template; not what I want.

    The suggestion below of adding multiple text blocks (in a template?) seems to also preclude the use of slide shows.

  • Rick Shideman commented
    22 Jul, 2015 05:38pm

    I agree.. Image handling needs to be improved. In a Text block I can upload a photo and have very little control over it's formatting. On the other hand if I add an image via a URL, I have granular control of the image. Need to combine these two items into one more elegant CMS for images.

  • Loren Nelson commented
    6 Jul, 2015 05:48pm

    Hi Chris,

    Not sure if this is a solution that will work for you, but you can simply place a photo in a text block and then choose its size. We'll often set up an article with multiple text blocks, so photos can be added and displayed throughout the length of the story. 

    Again, not sure if this makes sense, but it is simple and works well for our use. Shoot me an email if you need more information:

    Loren Nelson
    Sport Ngin Community Manager


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