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What is the Cover Stories macro?
The Cover Stories macro allows you to place news prominently on any Confluence page.
The macro displays the latest blog posts/news from spaces you configured.
The new full-image design of the tiles displays the news in a very modern look.
Insert the macro into your page
First of all, insert the Cover Stories macro into a page. Often you will want Cover Stories to be displayed on a dashboard and/or the homepage of a space.
Configure the macro
The configuration window offers several design options.
Layout & Sources
Choose from one of the following layout variations.
Four large tiles (2x2)
Two large tiles & two smaller tiles (2+4)
Eight small tiles (2x4)
One large tile (1x1)
Two large tiles (1x2)
Three small tiles (1x3)
Four small tiles (1x4)
Whether the tiles are displayed in a modern, full-image design or a classic design with separated title area depends on the configuration you made under Confluence administration → Linchpin Enterprise News → Design variations.
Choose the height of the tiles. Please input only the number (the value px is added automatically).
Minimal height for a tile is 220px. Maximum height for a tile is 1000px.
Select the checkbox Predefined channels if you want to decide which news (read: from which spaces and/or of which labels) are displayed to your users. You can select a source for each tile respectively.
You can choose from:
- News sections
Select all news sections (predefined by the administrator) which should be displayed in this tile.
Space and labels combination
- News categories
Select all news categories which should be displayed. Leaving this field empty means that any category applies. If a news has no category, it won't appear here! If you select several categories, only news which have ALL of those categories will be displayed.
- Single blog post
Enter the title of the blog post you want to include. This option will display this one specific blog post/news inside the tile.
- News sections
Personal subscriptions of users
Select the Personal subscription of user checkbox if you want your users to see news from spaces they are subscribed to.
This option will display a subscription button to users, so they can manage they subscriptions.
You will have to define which space categories your users should be able to subscribe to. If you leave this field empty, all spaces will be available for personal subscriptions. If you, however, enter any space category here, then only spaces which contain entered space categories will be offered for subscription. In this case, please enter every space category that is connected to spaces which should be available for personal subscription.
The second configuration tab is called "Slides".
Slide news inactive
Slide news active
You can activate this feature by choosing an amount of slides in the Slide news drop-down menu. Slide news displays new news on another page within the macro - it works just like an image slideshow on any webpage.
If enabled, the slideshow will automatically shuffle between the pages of the Cover Stories macro.
You can enter any amount of seconds here. A delay means that the automatic slideshow will wait for the amount of seconds you entered before shuffling the pages.
Example: You enabled autoplay. You set the delay to 20 seconds. → Every 20 seconds the Cover Stories macro will shuffle between displayed news.
Here you can decide which elements of a news should be visible in the Cover Stories tile.
You can for example hide the author of the news, or the space it was created in.
On hover means that those information only appear when a user hovers over the tile with a mouse.
You can disable the hover effect. To do so, deselect the Active Mouse hover checkbox.