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Article types

Tiny Marbles CMS provides two article types: 'Article, short' and 'Article, long'.

Article type 'Article, short'
The default article type 'Article, short' is the basic article for the CMS. The article provides meta data, version control, publishing mechanism, preview and all basic business logic an article needs. You can specify a headline and edit the content with the help of one HTML-editor. The article can be used for publishing after you added the article to a category with a related layout of your choice.

Article type 'Article, long'
Basically the article type 'Article, long' is based on the article type 'Article, short'. But the 'long' version provides a second HTML-editor. This is useful to control an article with a description and a content part. The description appears usually in a list of articles as the article teaser, and the complete article appears on click of the link 'more'.  


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Create a new article

Click on 'Create article' in the content management area or in the shortcut menu of the dashboard. First you have to specify the meta data of an article, which are common for all versions of an article. You can choose the publish and unpublish date (use the calendar icon), the language and the article type ('Article, short' or 'Article, long').  The author and the creation date are set automatically from the system. The article's state, which you can choose from a list box, can be 'Published' or 'Not published'. You can choose a title, but the title is not common for all versions, each version of an article gets its own title.

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After you chose the article type the complete article appears according to the type. You can see one HTML-editor box for the type 'Article, short', and two HTML-editor boxes for the type 'Article, long'.

First you probably would like to select a category, for that you have to click on 'Add category'. On the right side the box with the category tree appears. You can only select categories which match to the type of the article. Simply click on the category of your choice and the article will apear later in this part of your website.

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As you can see in the screen above the system autosaves the article automatically every 30 seconds. Furthermore you can click on 'Preview' to get the view of the page with the according layout (opens a new tab), or you can either 'Discard' or 'Save' the article. 

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In case you click on 'Save article' the system automatically creates a new version of the article. On the first glance this might be inconvenient for you, but in practice this is a very relaxed way to work because you never have to think about versioning an article. You write your article, the autosave feature protects you against loosing content, and when you are finished simple click on 'Save article' to create the new version. 


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Using the HTML-editor

Now it is time to write the content. For that you use the HTML-editor boxes. The article type 'Article, short' provides one, the article type 'Article, long' two HTML-editor boxes. In case you have two boxes, the upper box will be used as a teaser in the website in case you are using a layout based on an article list, for example 'News'. The second box is the content area which appears on the website with the click on the link 'more'.

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The HTML-editor offers the typical well-known text editing tools for e.g. underlining, bold typing or changing the font. Moreover, you can insert and edit images, written text and tables as well as Html code or embedded media (flash, quicktime, media player files). Please be careful in case you copy-paste text from other programs like for instance Microsoft Word. If you don't like to copy also the HTML information from the other systems use the folder symbol with the 'T' (in the sceen below marked with a red frame). The advantage is, that you only copy the pure text information and you avoid that your layout might be destroyed. 

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