Posts and News Manager compared

News Manager and Posts serve essentially the same purpose: They allow you to create and manage all sorts of updated content in one location and display it throughout your site in a variety of formats. Posts and News Manager are both meant to give school communications staff fine-grained control over the content they publish. This article will attempt to lay out the distinctions between Posts and News Manager to help you decide which one works best to meet your needs.

Feature comparison

 

News Manager

Posts

Granular module permissions

Posts targeted to role/group members

Sticky/featured posts

Direct links to individual posts

Thumbnail images

Draft mode

Scheduled publication

Expiration date

Commenting

Searchable posts

RSS feeds

Email alerts

SMS alerts

 

Categories

Tags

 

Reordering posts by drag and drop

 

Portal user access to add content

 

Bulk creating boards

 

Commenting without user login

 

External redirect URLs

 

 

Detailed overview

 

News Manager

Posts

CMS availability

News Manager can be used with Composer or Page Manager.

Posts is available only to websites built on the Composer CMS.

Front-end display options

News Manager elements allow for automatic content display of all or some categories on web pages in list, grid, slideshow, or single story formats.

Post elements can be configured to automatically display recent Posts from selected boards, or Posts that belong to specific tags, in list, grid, slideshow, or single post formats.

Collections allow you to display posts from any board in any order, while Publications offers a custom-designed, magazine-style solution.

Front-end tools

The News Tools element allows users to filter a list of news stories by category or search by keyword and/or date range.

The Post Tools element includes options to navigate between posts, filter by category or tag, or search by keyword and/or date range.

Archiving options

“Display archived content” in the News element allows admins to automatically display historical content in addition to current features.

Posts can be set as “featured” for a determined length of time, or be set to expire, which removes them from the front end of the site completely. Post elements can be set to display all, only featured, or only non-featured posts.

Post elements can also be set to display content from a certain day or date range.

Categories

In News Manager, individual updates are sorted into different categories. Categories can be given different admin permissions so that admin users are allowed to post updates to some categories but not others. News stories can be included in one or more categories.

A board in Posts is meant to contain posts on a similar topic or posts by the same group of users. Constituents or admin users can be given permission to post to specific boards. Each post resides on a single board. Within each board, however, categories and tags can be used to add further context to individual updates.

Tags

Tagging stories is not a feature in News Manager.

Categories and tags can be used to organize posts on the back end within a board or across boards, respectively. Post elements in Composer can be configured to only display content with certain tags, and site users can be allowed to filter by category or tag.

Featuring and reordering posts

When displaying News Manager content, individual updates can be made “sticky” to force them to the top of a list of posts, or assigned relative priority (high/higher/highest) to give them more visibility.

Each post has a “Featured Until” date that gives a story higher prominence for a set period of time. Posts also includes the Collections feature, which allows site admins to sequence posts from multiple boards to display in the desired order.

Notifications

News Manager allows for both email and text message alerts. Readers must have an account on the website in order to receive alert notifications. News has unique RSS feed addresses for individual categories, as well as an “All Categories” feed.

Posts allows users to subscribe to email alerts without signing up for an account on the website. Posts admins can view a list of email subscribers to each board. Posts also includes RSS feeds for individual boards.

Creating posts

News Manager uses the current version of the Finalsite editor enabled on your site, which may or may not be the same as the Posts editor.

Posts has a cleaner and easier-to-use user interface for creating new content based on years of  feedback from News Manager users. Non-technical users will find it easier to write new posts, add images and other rich content, and publish to the website.

User requirements

News Manager users must have admin accounts on your site.

Posts can be created by admin users or ordinary site users - it’s much easier to allow teachers, parents and students access to a Posts board than to allow them to create News Manager content.

Commenting

News and Posts both feature the ability to leave comments. News requires users to have an account on the website in order to leave a comment. Comments can be displayed automatically, or moderated before being visible on the site. Comments are moderated by the administrator(s) of the News category.

With Posts, comments may be left even if users are not logged in (or a login may be required). Comments can be displayed automatically, or moderated before being visible on the site. Comments are moderated by the administrator(s) of the Posts board.

 

Curated content

Curated content is not available in News Manager.

Posts has an available Publications feature, which allows you to group posts together and display them in a custom-designed, magazine-style presentation.

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