Post element

The basic building block of the Posts page is the Post element. The Post element is the public-facing side of Finalsite Posts making it possible for you to display posts from one or multiple Boards and/or a Collection on a Composer page. 

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Post elements on homepage

Your homepage may have Post elements already in place with very fixed settings that should only be adjusted according to your Site Instructions

Important Note

Follow your Site Instructions for guidance on any settings that can be adjusted on homepage Post Elements. It is possible you may be limited to only certain settings.

Post elements on interior pages

Post elements can be placed onto interior pages and customized with a wide variety of different settings to display images just the way you would like them! You can even change the format of your Post elements, but only on interior pages.

Choose a format

Each Post element has four different formats which provide variety in layout and functionality for you to display posts on your Composer pages: List, Grid, Slideshow, and Single

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  • List: Display multiple posts from one or more boards or a collection
  • Grid: Display multiple posts from one or more boards or a collection
  • Slideshow: Display multiple posts from one or more boards or a collection
  • Single: Display a single post in this element. Used in creating a Default Board Post Page, and is useful for displaying the full text of a specific post and can be linked to one of the other Post elements on the same page or a new page. Pair a Single Post element with a Post Tools Navigation element to display multiple posts, one at a time.

Best Practice: Rename your Post elements!

To avoid any confusion in the below linking together of a Post element with a Post Tools element, it is a best practice to rename the Post element something unique and easily identifiable. Then when expanding out the Choose Element dropdown under the Link To settings, you can be assured that you are connecting the right elements together.

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Post element settings

In addition to the common element settings, the Post element includes the following configuration options.

List Format Grid Format Slideshow Format Single Format

List Format settings

List > Content Filters

  • Display posts from Collection: Select a Collection from the dropdown menu. Only one Collection can be displayed in a Post element at a time.
  • Display posts from Boards: Use Select Board to choose one or more boards from Posts to display.

  • Display additional Board(s): If needed, choose one or more boards to apply a different set of filtering rules to.
  • Ignore Role/Group Display Settings: With this option selected, posts will be displayed for all users regardless of the Role/Group Display settings chosen for the post within Posts.
  • That also belong to: Select whether to display posts with All Tags, or only ones with Specific Tags. To choose tags, type the tag name in the Search box and then click on the tag name in the results below.

Important Note

It’s only possible to filter by tags, not categories. Categories are board-specific and meant only for back-end organization, while tags can be used on any board.

List > Content Details

Display any of the following elements of posts on the main element.

  • Post Title
  • Author
  • Publish Date
  • Publish Time
  • Updated Date
  • Updated Time
  • Expire Date
  • Expire Time
  • Categories
  • Summary
  • Body
  • Sharing Buttons
  • Thumbnail
  • Tags
  • Link titles to post details
  • [Read More] link

List > Pop-up Details

If details are linked in the Content details and “Link To Popup” is selected, display any of the following elements of posts in the popup.

  • Post Title
  • Author
  • Publish Date
  • Publish Time
  • Updated Date
  • Updated Time
  • Expire Date
  • Expire Time
  • Categories
  • Summary
  • Body
  • Thumbnail
  • Tags
  • Comments: Choose from several formats to display a commenter’s name and whether to display their avatar.

List > Controls

  • Display option to [Load More]: Allow user to load more stories than initially displayed.
  • Display alert icons: If RSS feeds and/or Subscriptions are enabled for the Board, display icons for the applicable option(s).

List > Formatting

Display [choose #] items from:

  • Most recent: Display the most recent posts.
  • Current Month/Current Week: Use these settings to restrict the element to only showing posts from the current month or week. The element display will refresh on the first of the month, or on Sunday, respectively.
  • Within a Date Range: Set an absolute span of dates for the element to cover, using the calendar picker controls.
  • Within a Day Range: Set the number of days in the past and the number of days into the future the element will cover, relative to the current date.

Date Format: Set the format for displaying dates.

  • Date Separator: Configure the character used to separate day, month, and year digits when dates are displayed numerically.

  • Time Format: Set the format for displaying the start time of each event.

Order by Date/Alphabetical Title: Toggle whether to display posts in the order they were posted, or in alphabetical order by title.

  • Date Descending/Date Ascending: If ordering by date above, choose to order posts in descending or ascending order.

Post Thumbnail: Select where to display the post’s thumbnail on the page, with options for:

  • size
  • shape
  • alignment

Popup Thumbnail: If “Link To Popup” is selected, select where to display the post’s thumbnail in the popup, with various options for:

  • size
  • shape
  • alignment

List > Advanced

  • Ignore URL Parameters: If this option is selected, the posts displayed in the element by default will remain even if user-selected criteria would normally override it.

List > Link To

  • If the “Link titles to post details” and/or “[Read More] link” settings are enabled, post details can be opened in the following locations.

    • Popup

    • Page: Select a page from the site tree that has a Single Post element on it.

    • Element: Place a Single Post element on the same page and choose it from the dropdown list.

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