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The Cover Stories macro allows to highlight news in different designs and place them prominently on every page.

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.

We recommend to use the whole available width of the page. Technically, it is possible to use only a limited width to display this macro - but Cover Stories looks best when at least 2/3 of the page's width is used.




Configure the macro

The configuration window offers several design options.




Layout & Sources

Layout

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)

Four small tiles (1x4)


(lightbulb) 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.


Different layouts (perhaps a layout of three tiles in a row or a column of vertically stacked tiles) can be achieved with a workaround. Use the single tile layout and embed the macro several times into a page.

Please note that you have to configure the news sources differently when using the macro several times on the same page!

In a single macro with several tiles, there'll never be duplicate news, no matter how you configure the sources.

But if you have several macros on one page, they can't check each other for duplicates. So three single-tile-macros that share the same source configuration will display the same news.


To remedy this, we plan to introduce a layout builder in one of our future releases, so you can build your own layout with an easy drag & drop-functionality.

Please note: If your configuration for a tile provides no news items, the respective tile will be left blank. Starting with fix version 1.5.1, if you have a full row of blank tiles, there won't be any placeholders for the empty tiles. Instead, the following content of your page will move up.


Tile height

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.



Sources

Predefined channels

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

      Please note when choosing Space label combination:


      Labels

      Labels follow the "AND" logic. If you enter several labels, a news will only be displayed, if it contains ALL of the labels.

      Example: You enter labels "news" and "washington" → Only news which are labelled with "news" AND with "washington" will be displayed. A news with only one of those labels will not be displayed.


      Spaces

      Spaces follow the "OR" logic. If you enter several spaces, a news will be displayed, as long as it's in at least one of those spaces.

      Example: You enter spaces "Washington", "Frankfurt", "Soccer" → News from "Washington", "Frankfurt" OR "Soccer" will be displayed.


      Empty fields always mean "any spaces and labels".


      Linking labels with OR

      If your news concept calls for a linking of labels with OR, you can do so by defining a news section in the admin interface and select "Personalized news section" within the tile. For more information, please refer to Define news sections (personalization).

    • 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.



Personal subscriptions of user

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 also have to enter all space categories you want your users to be able to subscribe to.

For example: If all spaces that publish news have "news" as space category, you have to type in "news". Now, when users want to pick their spaces for their subscription, they will be offered all spaces with the category "news".




Slides

The second configuration tab is called "Slides".


Slide news inactive

Slide news active


Slide news

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.


Autoplay

If enabled, the slideshow will automatically shuffle between the pages of the Cover Stories macro.


Delay

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.




Tile elements

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.



Title and kicker line will always be displayed and cannot be hidden, as well as the optical indicator if a news item is set to sticky status.