Display Options for Layout Sprockets

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With Metro Publisher release v4.0, there is an improved Section Editor which is Sprocket-based. All clients may opt into using the new editor on a per Section basis. When opting to use the new Sections, new Sprockets will be available.

One major feature of this change is a responsive grid system for the layout of the section pages which functions because of a series of new responsive Sprockets designed specifically for this use. 

Settings for Selecting Content

Sprockets can be filled with content manually, where you select by hand what you want to appear. Or you can set up automated filters that create a content feed which updates as new articles and other content are published.

Type:

  • Content (feed)
  • Location (feed)
  • Event (feed)
  • Curated (hand-picked)

Based on the type selection, additional options are available.

When choosing content, Content Filters allow for further refinement to content types like articles, reviews, or roundups.

Filter by Tag will filter the content to display by that Tag, either to show content or omit content bearing that tag.

Filtering by Section/Subsection will define from which section to pull from.

The Limit to Current Section will make your Sprocket aware of which Section it is in (context sensitive) and it will automatically limit its contents based on this awareness.

 

Display Options

The new Sprockets allow for more fine-grained display options when creating Sprockets. You can now choose specifically which elements from your content appear in a Sprocket.

Choose to show any of these:

  • Thumbnail
  • Description
  • Date
  • Time
  • Author
  • Section
  • Location
  • "More" Link

Additionally, when you set the Sprockets to be automated, you can choose which order:

  • Alphabetical
  • Issued
  • Modified
  • Random

Layout Options


Carousel Sprocket

Renders as a full-width image to replace the Headline Stories from the old Section edit pages. Content adjusts to fill the full horizontal space of the Sprocket width. Pro users can modify the layout with CSS.

 

 

Layout Options 

  • Full width at all column widths


 


Layout List Sprocket

This is the updated List Sprocket. Content adjusts to fill the full horizontal space of the Sprocket width. This has not changed much from the original list. Pro users can modify the layout with CSS.

 

 

Layout Options 

  • Full width at all column widths

 

 


Gallery Sprocket

Content is arranged vertically into columns. Content also aligns horizontally to create a tighter grid than is found with the Posterboard Sprocket layout. The number of columns varies by the width of the Sprocket. Pro users can modify the layout with CSS.

 

 

Layout Options 

  • Full width = 3 columns
  • 3/4 width = 3 columns
  • 2/3 width = 2 columns
  • 1/2 width = 2 columns
  • 1/3 width = 1 column
  • 1/4 width = 1 column

 

 


HTML Sprocket

HTML Sprockets have not changed. 

 

 


Posterboard Sprocket

Content is arranged vertically into columns. The number of columns varies by the width of the Sprocket. Pro users can modify the layout with CSS.

 

 

Layout Options 

  • Full width = 4 columns
  • 3/4 width = 3 columns
  • 2/3 width = 2 columns
  • 1/2 width = 2 columns
  • 1/3 width = 1 column
  • 1/4 width = 1 column

  

 


Slider Sprocket

Displays content horizontally as a grid with navigation buttons to advance left or right. Content adjusts to fill the full horizontal space of the Sprocket width. Pro users can modify the layout with CSS.

 

 

Layout Options 

  • Full width = 4 columns
  • 3/4 width = 3 columns
  • 2/3 width = 2 columns
  • 1/2 width = 2 columns
  • 1/3 width = 1 column
  • 1/4 width = 1 column

  

 


DFP Ad Sprocket

With the new Ad Sprocket for DFP, you can easily insert custom ad slots throughout your section pages. 
NOTE: This sprocket ONLY works with Google's DoubleClick (DFP) and the NEW Section editor.

Read more about the DFP Ad Sprocket here...

 

 

 

 

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