Articles are now beta than evah

The new Article content type is in production and is now available exclusively for Beta Testers to use.

Articles can be used to quickly create attractive, well-focused content like news stories, magazine-style articles or blog-like entries that do not necessarily need to be placed in the menu system.

Unlike Basic Pages, Articles do not have revisions but can still be placed in either Draft or Needs Review state before being Published.


Other interesting features include:

  • a Featured Image which can appear across the page
  • a Dek or quick summary which appears beneath the title
  • an Original Author field which allows the source to be credited
  • the first letter of the first paragraph appearing as a Dropped Cap
  • Tags which allow Articles to be categorized using taxonomy

To create an article, simply go to Add Content > Article on your Admin menu (/node/add/article)

Articles Block

An Articles block is also available in case you need to provide a blog roll type display to site visitors.

Up to five articles can be displayed in teaser format, which includes:

  • a Title as link text
  • a Short excerpt (the first paragraph or 195 characters, or whichever is shorter)
  • a Read more link


By default, the Article block will not be visible to visitors unless it has been placed in a region and/or page(s).

  • Go to Structure > Blocks (/admin/structure/block) 
  • Under the Disabled section, you should find a block called Articles
  • Change the Region or click configure to place the block in specific pages
  • Save the block(s)

Learn more:

What to expect when you’re expecting… a new header

The upcoming header makeover promises to bring a fresh and simplified design to WMS sites, allowing the content to shine through.

What does this mean for your site’s banner image?

The most obvious change is that you won’t see the image in the header anymore. Nevertheless, have no worries if you need to hang on to it. The image will be preserved on your site in a new block labelled the “Header Image” block.

If it’s important to continue displaying the banner image on your site, you’ll be able to display it in a new region called the “Highlighted” region at the very top of the page, i.e., on top of the “Top of page” region.

You’ll find the Highlighted region when you go to the block admin through Structure > Blocks.

Highlighted region

You’ll also find the “Header Image” block if you scroll down to the list of blocks in the “Disabled” section.

Header Image block

To move the block to the Highlighted region, simply configure the block as you normally would. Select the region and then specify the visibility settings. Showing the block only on the <front> page would be recommended – in keeping with the fresh, clean, minimalist vibe – but you can always set the block to show on every page if that’s how you roll.

current header image position

Check out the before and after!

Screen Shot After

If you ever need to change the image, just edit the block as usual. Hover over the top right corner of the block until the contextual menu appears and click “Edit Block”. This means that you’ll have the flexibility to display custom images as you wish and whenever you want.

Header Image block on page

Something to keep in mind if your site has a horizontal menu, is that the very first block listed in the Highlighted region with a View Mode set to “Full” will have no top margin, allowing that block to ‘touch’ the horizontal navigation.

If your block is not flush with the horizontal menu but should be, click “Edit Block” and check the Body of the block in the HTML source view. Remove any <p> tags and click “Save” while still in the HTML source view. This will remove the gap between the block and the menu.

When will the redesigned header be deployed? Keep an eye on the Iteration Updates in the The Beta Blog to see the status of work done by the Web Service Group.






New fields added to McGill Profiles

You asked, we listened.

Introducing five new fields now available in McGill Profiles!

  • Laboratory
  • Clinical Interests
  • Medical School
  • Residency Training
  • Fellowship Training

McGill Profiles are a fantastic way to showcase the people in your Faculty, Department, or unit, and in response to a need for including information geared toward the medical areas and research in general, these new fields should benefit many sites in the WMS.

Four of the fields are basic fields: Clinical Interests, Medical School, Residency Training, and Fellowship Training.

The Laboratory field however, packs a punch.

Laboratory Filter

Not only is the Laboratory field a filterable field — so your site visitors can easily find people by lab — it can also display the information as a link in the person’s profile.

Laboratory link

To create the link, just make sure to enter the values as HTML when populating the field in the field settings.

For example, enter the values as: <a href=””>My Lab</a>

Laboratory field settings

For more detailed instructions on McGill Profiles, see the IT Knowledge Base:


New slideshow option : Side Caption Thumbnail – Alt

Side Caption Thumbnail – Alt

A new slideshow option available in your gallery content type which will display similarly to frontpage slideshow.

Site manager access needed.

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