The System Preferences page is accessed via Configure in the main Newscoop navigation menu. This page allows you to control some advanced aspects of your Newscoop server, so it is recommended that access is reserved for administrators only. Click one of the question mark icons on this page to read a tooltip for the feature it relates to.
The first tab on the System Preferences page is for General Settings.
Here is what each of the options means:
The blue Save button in the lower right corner updates your preferences.
The Cache Settings tab offers options which can improve the responsiveness of your Newscoop publications, by serving frequently accessed files from a cache instead of generating them dynamically. The cache should generally be disabled during theme development.
The Background jobs list tab enables the management of routine automated tasks (cron jobs) on your Newscoop server. A green 'thumbs up' icon in the Status column shows that a particular job is currently enabled. Email notifications for each job can be enabled by clicking the Notify? checkbox in each row.
On the Advanced Settings tab, you can specify a comma-separated list of email addresses which will receive notifications, as well as the name and email address from which notifications will be sent.
This tab configures Newscoop to use your prefered mail server.
The next tab is for Editor Settings, which refer to image handling.
The fields in this tab enable you to specify the default Image Resizing Ratio, or default width and height, for images inserted inline with article text. The resizing ratio takes precedence over any Resizing Width or Resizing Height value which is set here. If Ratio is not set but both Width and Height are set, then Newscoop will use the value which results in a smaller image size. The default settings here can be overridden by the ratio, width or height settings for a specific inline image set on the Article Edit page.
Image sizes which are part of the publication's assigned theme, such as the main story image in an article template, are configured separately, via the Image Rendering page on the Configure menu.
If the Zoom enabled for images in article content? radio button is set to Yes, readers can enlarge article images in your publication's pages by clicking on them. This zooming feature works for any images inserted inline with the article text.
Set Enable rich text for image captions? to Yes if you would like captions in articles to have a WYSIWYG editor for formatting and links, or set No for plain text captions. If you enable this feature, the default limit for caption length is 255 characters. You can set 0 (zero) here to have no limit on the length of captions, as long as your publication's theme design can accomodate any length of caption.
The default width and height of both externally and locally hosted video files can be set in this tab, to make sure that the videos are displayed correctly in your publication theme's page templates.
This tab enables you to specify how maps linked to articles will be displayed, and which Internet mapping service will provide the data.
These settings are for integration of Newscoop with the Facebook API.
This tab is for setting up reCAPTCHA tests to help prevent spambots entering data into forms that your Newscoop publication uses, such as comment forms.
The first option on this final tab enables you to set up Newscoop to operate on two servers at once, which is a safety feature in case of hardware or network problems.
Selecting the Yes radio button for the option Setting up a Newscoop Replication Server? displays four fields:
The next option is for the Templates filter mask. Enter keywords for templates that you wish to hide from the template editor accessible via the Theme Management page on the Configure menu. For example, development templates that are no longer in use, but you do not wish to delete from the server.
The option Remove obsolete pending users data? enables you to set the number of days after which user accounts which have not been activated will be deleted automatically. The Use protocol for absolute URLs generated by Smarty? option defaults to No, so that URLs are protocol relative.
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