Now that you have learned the concepts and content creation methods of a page, you will now learn about other types of documents, such as Articles. In this page's tutorial, you will learn what an Article is and how to create one. 

Anatomy of an Article

An Article is a type of document that displays a story or news piece. This is what an Article looks like on a website: 


Creating Articles

Step 1: add an Article to your website
  1. In your website, select: Add Content > [your website] > Article
    • Note: Some Cascade accounts will have a "News" option in place of "Article." If you do not see "Article" in your website's "Add Content" folder, select "News" (both will create an Article). If you do not see either of those options, contact and they will set you up with that menu option.
Step 2: Name the Article

To name an Article, add the month and day of publishing to the beginning of Article file names. For example, a news item titled "Professor Receives Grant" scheduled for publishing on March 8, 2019 should be named:


Step 3: Select a placement folder

Place all Articles in the JMU site's "News" folder. Within the News folder, your website should have a sub-folder. For example, the Center for Civic Engagement has a main folder named "civic," so the "News" folder will have a "civic" sub-folder. Within this folder will be folders by year, and some may have subfolders by month, although this is reserved for departments who write hundreds of articles per year, which is rare. Articles should be placed in the folders corresponding to the year and/or month for its publication date.  For example the "Professor Receives Grant" article above should be placed in /news/civic/2019/ since it was written in 2019.


To navigate to your website's News placement folder, select: Browse > JMU > News > [your website] > [year]

If your website's News folder does not have a folder for the current year, please ask to provide you with one.

Step 4: Start filling out some basic fields
  1. Enter the Article title in both Title fields (less than 30 characters)
  2. Enter a publish date and/or time
  3. Add an optional subtitle
  4. Enter a 1-2 sentence summary of the Article in the Summary field
  5. Enter your e-ID (not your full name). Your e-ID will be converted to your full name automatically. If your e-ID is not converted, contact to discuss author permissions to have your e-ID added to this block.

Once these fields are filled out, continue.

Tagging Articles

When you create Articles, you will also create Feeds for Articles to appear in. For Feeds to know which Articles to display, you must assign tags to your Articles. For example, an Article with a "JMU Home" tag will appear on the JMU homepage and the JMU News homepage. An "education" tag will make the Article appear on the Education topic page, just as a "business" tag would make it appear on the Business topic page. 

To add a tag to an Article:

  1. In the Article's top toolbar, select: Edit > Content tab
  2. Scroll down to "Tags" within the "Primary Skin Page" section


Tagging Articles with your department tag

In the tags section, you should see that your department tag is already added. If you do not see your department tag, contact

Tagging Articles with another department's tag

If you wish to add a second tag that is not your own, see instructions for another department's tag.

Note: "Related Articles" feeds will only show related Articles with the same first tag as the current Article. For example, if an Article has the first tag "_tags/_topics/business" and a second tag "_tags/source/college_of_business," the Related Articles" section will ONLY have articles tagged "_tags/_topics/business."

Adding Pull Quotes

You can use pull quotes within your articles to draw attention to a quote. To create a pull quote:

  1. Navigate to your Article and select Edit > Content tab in the top toolbar
  2. Scroll to the location you want the pullquote and type "PUT PULLQUOTE HERE"
  3. Click on the "<>" icon in your WYSIWYG toolbar and scroll to the location you want the pullquote to reside.
  4. Copy and paste this code into the HTML, replacing your "PUT PULLQUOTE HERE". Then edit the text in bold with your quote and person's name.  Note: "sidebar-right" could also be "sidebar-left" if you want the pullquote to be left-aligned.

    <table border="0" class="sidebar-right">
    <td style="width: 300px;">
    <p class="pullquote">"HERE IS THE QUOTE"</p>
    <p class="pullquote-attribution">PERSON'S NAME</p>


Adding Images

Most article images will require text-wrapping. See Adding Images for details about right-/left-aligned images, captions, and wrapping images with text.

If you wish to embed a single tweet or facebook post as an image in your Article, use this Embed Social Media Posts Guide.

ARTICLE width height
lead 1000 600
right-aligned 310 varied
left-aligned 310 varied


Adding Teasers

The teaser is the brief summary that will show with the Article when it appears in a Feed:


To add a teaser, select: 

  1. "Edit" in the top toolbar of the Article
  2. Scroll down to the "Teaser" text box and type your summary. 


Adding Footnotes

The footnote is the space at the bottom of the Article where you place references, an additional statement about the author, and/or additional notes you want to include.


To add a footnote, select:

  1. "Edit" in the top toolbar of the article
  2. Scroll down to "Footnote" and add the appropriate text.

Adding Lead Images/Videos

Lead images are displayed at the top of the Article and are used to represent the Article in Feeds and on Facebook. To create a lead image for your Article, Feeds, and Facebook, follow these steps:

Step 1: Add Article Image to _images folder

 1. Select: Add Content > _Responsive > Article Image


2. Place the Article Image to your appropriate images folder (select: Browse > JMU > _images > [your website])

Step 2: Add image to thumbnail field

1. Creating an "Article Image" as specified above will automatically create a thumbnail image (172x103) beside your 1000x600 lead image.  Choose the automatically-created thumbnail image here:


If you do not supply a thumbnail image, Cascade will substitute a random JMU thumbnail like this. article-feed2.png

Step 3: Add lead image/video to Article and Facebook
  • On the Article, select: Edit > Content tab
  • Scroll down to the "Add lead image" field and select:
    • Browse > JMU > _images > [your website] > [the image you saved from step 1]
    • If you want to add a video, copy and paste the URL 
  • In the Lead Image/Video Caption field, add an appropriate caption
    • Note: This caption will appear under the Lead Image/Video on the Article as well as on Facebok


  • In the Facebook image field, Browse for the image the same way you did in the instruction above, however Facebook will use the lead image if you do not specify a Facebook image here.  If for some reason you want the Facebook image to be different from the lead image, you can specify a Facebook image.

Updating Articles

When an Article's information has been edited, a link to the Article's update will appear at the top of the Article for readers to click on: 


When readers click the "Read update" link, the link's anchor will take the reader to the bottom of the Article where the new information is displayed beneath a horizontal line:




Once you have updated the Article's content, follow these steps to add a "Read Update" and link to the update at the bottom: 

Step 1: Add "Read Update" link
  1. On the Article, select: Edit > Content tab
  2. In the WYSIWYG content field, add: "Updated [Month] [Day], [Year] - Read update" on a new line at the top, above the existing article content
    • Note: Be sure to adjust the date accordingly and apply boldface like the example above
Step 2: Add an anchor to "Read Update"

Next, you will need to add an anchor to "Read Update" so that when readers click on the link, it will take them to the bottom of the Article where the update is below the horizontal line. Follow these steps to add an anchor:

  1. In the WYSIWYG content field, highlight "Read Update"
  2. Select the anchor icon in the content field's toolbar (looks like a ribbon)
  3. Add an anchor I.D. that is relevant to the content to where you are anchoring (in this case, you could type "update")
  4. Scroll down to the updated information in the article and highlight the first word within the update
  5. Select the anchor icon and make the anchor I.D. the same as the I.D. you assigned to "Read Update"
    • If you chose "update" as the "Read Update" anchor I.D., then the anchor for the first word in the update should also be "update"

Configuring Articles

Hiding "related articles"

Check both "No Block" fields to remove the block and format in Region 22



Hiding the social media icons

Set the block in "EXTENDEDCSS" Region to the "article-hide-social-icons" shared block


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