The SNO Report #3: Updates and Double Trouble

Updates are a lot like veggies.  You probably don’t like them.  They make you nervous.  You want to pretend that you can avoid them.  But you can’t.  Here’s why:

There are three different types of updates you need to do: WordPressplugins, and your FLEX theme.  The WordPress community and plugin authors are always releasing updates –– doing these updates is the best way to prevent your site from being vulnerable to hackers, and it’s also the best way to make sure that you can take advantage of the latest WordPress features.  (Have you noticed the cool “locking” feature of WordPress 3.6 that prevents two users from working on the same story at the same time?)

We’re always working on new features and fixing any bugs that get reported to make your online experience better, and one of the things that excites us the most about our FLEX theme is that we’ve built a way where you can get updates for free any time we release them.

When you click the Update link for your FLEX theme, you might see a default WordPress message that you’ll lose your customizations –– this sounds really scary, but this message is referring to any editing of the core PHP theme files, not to the customization you’ve done to the colors, widgets, and design on your site.  So just click the Update button.  We promise everything will be OK.

Seeing double?

There are two ways to handle images in a WordPress story –– one is to set the image as the featured image for a story and the other is to insert the photo directly into the text editing tool.  We’ve built the entire FLEX template around the idea of using the Featured Image, and we recommend that you always use this method –– this allows the template to display the proper sized version of the photo for the homepage, the category view page, and the story page.

If you ever end up with the same image displaying twice at the top of a story, that means the photo has been both set as the featured image and inserted into the text editor.  There are two ways to fix this.  One is to delete the image out of the text editor.  The other is to set the Featured Image Location custom field to “Do Not Display” –– this option can come in handy when you want one photo to display on the homepage for a story and then have a different photo entirely on the story page.  Adding images directly to the body of the story can also be useful if you have a longer story and you want to use a second or third image to provide a visual break to the long sections of text.

Jason receives national honor

You already knew that Jason advises the Knight Errant newspaper and spectacular website at Benilde-St. Margaret’s School in St. Louis Park, Minn. You likely guessed that he was distinguished. Some others have noticed as well. Last week, Jason was named as one of one of four Distinguished Advisers in the Dow Jones News Fund’s Teacher Awards Program.

The DJNF named Jim Streisel, journalism teacher and media adviser at Carmel (Ind.) High School, as 2013 National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year. Jason and the others will be honored at the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention Nov. 16 in Boston.

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The SNO Report is an (almost) always weekly newsletter from the SNO Support Team dedicated to making your life better and helping you to make the most of the SNO platform.