News Articles and Web Articles go hand-in-hand, and allow your intranet’s News view to present a balanced mix of internal information and relatable outside content. But there’s one other Article type—and it’s the one that most often gets overlooked, even though it can do the most for reflecting your organization.
Of course, I’m talking about Custom Articles! Because it’s not one of the default News items, Custom Articles usually fly under the radars of Reporters and Editors. But its unique trait, how it can be tailored to become whatever type of News item works best for your intranet, is what makes it powerful.
For example, if you happen to have a very engaging, hands-on CEO, then give him a Custom Article called “CEO Blog” and let him run with it. Or if you’re a rapidly-growing business, it might be a very practical idea to make “New Employee Profile” your customized addition to the Article list.
Custom Articles can be set and enabled by your System Administrator. And just like News Articles and Web Articles, Custom Articles use the exact same “New Article” template.
Now, you might be asking, why go about creating all these different Article types when they all use the same template?
It’s all about the filtering. Each News item appears as an option in Filter Drawer (that handy sorting tool we spotlighted in a recent Tips & Tricks ). This means that at any time you can sort through all your organization’s published Articles and display just those of a certain type—including your Custom Article. This makes it easy the next time you want to take a glance at all your recent new hires, revisit the wise words of your CEO (or words of whimsy, if that be the case) or review whatever content your Custom Articles hold for YOU.
Bear in mind though— if you do decide to change your Custom Article type, all previously published Custom Articles of that type will be rebranded under the new Custom Article name (might be better just to create another Custom Article type instead)
So, be sure to put a little thought and consideration into this one so you create a Custom Article that will work best for your organization.