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The Step 2 tab is where we will enter the textual data for our Article QuickPage. On arriving at this tab, the window will resemble the screen-shot below (although your chosen design template may vary, of course):




In this screen we simply have to enter the text in each box provided. It’s as simple as that!


Articles created using this template will confirm to the standard format seen on-line, and in using this template-based system you don’t need to worry about the layout at all – instead you can just focus on entering relevant, quality information in text form, for now.


The following information is required:


Heading – This should be an appropriate heading for your article. Don’t underestimate how important this piece of text is – as it will often determine whether or not your article actually gets read (and if you end up syndicating your page content, using the XML output module in XSitePro, this will become even more important).


Your heading should encapsulate the information within your article, and at the same time should grab the reader’s attention.


Try to keep this heading to no more than 20 words in length. Anything more than this will cause your heading to spread over too many lines, and will make it difficult to read.



Subheading – Enter a sub-heading for your article in the sub-heading box provided. The sub-heading should attempt to generate interest in the article body (the Headline having grabbed the reader’s attention). The wording for your sub-heading can be slightly longer than the heading, but you should still take time to make it to-the-point and engaging.



Author – In this box you should enter your name (or that of the person who originated the article text).



Date – Enter the date on which this article is being published. This will be displayed with your article content and while it will date your content it is generally expected to be present. This can of course work to your advantage if you publish a quantity of articles over a period of time, since this shows your visitors that your site is fresh and up-to-date.


Tip: Using dated articles, created quickly with the QuickPage tool, in conjunction with the page scheduling function of XSitePro, you will be able to pre-write dozens of articles pages in minutes, and have them dated in accordance with their scheduled publishing date. Your site will then automatically be updating itself with fresh content, dated appropriately, without you lifting a finger!



Power-user tip: If you want to take the above tip to another level, you might even want to consider publishing your scheduled article content as sub-pages of a syndicated articles page. Using the XML output feature of XSitePro will mean that not only is the site content being updated regularly, but it is also being syndicated as soon as it is published.



Resources – Enter some resources text for your article. This would usually be brief contact details and/or a URL to your company/organization/Web site, as applicable. Resource boxes are presented with your article at all times (even if syndicated) - including this resource box is widely accepted as a condition of the onward use of articles.



About – The about box is where you can enter a short paragraph about your company or organization (or about you, the author if company/organization is not applicable). The 'about' information is presented at the tail end of the article body text.



Body – This is the most important part of your article. In this text box you need to enter the article copy. Time should be taken to ensure that your content is interesting, relevant and appropriate.


Feel free to use normal line-breaks and paragraphs when typing. It is important to remember that visitors read Web pages slightly differently to printed media, due to the readability of type on-screen (as opposed to printed text) - try to avoid overly long paragraphs.



Having entered the values above, and having inserted your fascinating article text, you can proceed to the next tab: Step 3 - (Articles) by clicking the button_application_next button.


To step forward to the corresponding 'Step 3' instruction for this particular QuickPage-type, click the link below:


Step 3 – Article Pages

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