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When published, Slideshow Slides appear at the top of the Group Home page. The images and their captions will rotate in a continuous cycle. Individual slides may be accessed via numbered links beneath the slide.

Creating a Slide

Slides have an image, a caption and a weight, with optional entries for a link and alternate text.

  • Title: (Required) For your reference only; not displayed to viewers
  • Image: (Required) Upload from your computer, or File Browser to select from an image previously uploaded to the CMS
  • Link: (Optional) If entered, will bring user to specified page when image or caption is clicked
    • Must be manually entered with the non-CMS URL
    • See Exceptions of Managing Links, for more info
  • Caption: (Required) Text visible to the right of the slide
    • 200 character limit
    • See Image Attribute Guidelines for examples
    • NOTE: If the caption contains a lot of wide characters (M's, W's, etc.), the 200-character limit may cause the slide to expand downward slightly.
  • Caption Background Color: (Required) Choose from one of six colors to display behind the Caption text.
    • Options include dark blue (default), green, red, light blue, purple, and orange.
  • Caption Watermark: (Required) Semi-transparent image overlay that displays in the Caption area.
    • Although the field is required, publishers can choose "None" to display no watermark in the Caption area.
  • Weight: (Required) Indicates order, from 0-10 (0 = first, 10=last)
    • Defaults to 0
    • Remember to select a weight for each slide: If multiple slides have the same weight, they will be ordered according to when they were first created, which is not always clear (lower Node numbers in the Content List indicate older items)

Keep slides manageable

There may be up to 11 separate slides, but it is best to use 3-5 slides, to ensure visibility.

No slides, no slideshow

If there are no published slides, the slideshow placeholder will be replaced by the content beneath it on the page.

  • See the Without and Without Slideshow section of Sub-Site Layout, for examples

Size requirements

Though Slideshow Slides are displayed at 550x244 pixels, submitted images must be AT LEAST 551x245 pixels in size (see note, below)

 

Edit beforehand

  • Larger images will first be resized down to 550 pixels wide
  • If the resulting image is still taller than 244 pixels (as with standard photos and any portrait-orientation images), any extra content will be cropped:

    Before:

    After:

See Image Editing for info on easy image editing options.

USM Image Bank

The Office of Marketing maintains an extensive collection of images approved for use by departments for both print and web projects. Many images are already sized for use as slideshow slides.

 

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