2.5. Channels

ProsePoint uses the concept of channels to categorise editions and stories sharing a common topic or feature. Channels are a flexible but abstract idea, so they may be confusing at first. A channel can represent any of the following:

  • A recurring periodical publication.
  • A recurring section of a publication (such as a weekly newspaper column).
  • A pipeline of editions or stories sharing a common topic (ie. sports or cats), or common author (ie. a blog).

Note

Channels are not nodes. In older versions of ProsePoint prior to 0.07, channels were implemented as nodes, but not anymore. In techspeak, channels are taxonomy terms. However, you do not need to know what terms are to use channels in ProsePoint.

The following are examples of channels.

Example 1

You run a small weekly local newspaper online called MyLocal News. Since it's volunteer driven and community focussed, there are only a handful of news stories every week so there's no need to split your newspaper up into different sections. You would create one channel called MyLocal News to represent your newspaper.

Example 2

MyLocal News grows over time, and soon enough, it has many news stories every week. You decide to partition your newspaper into separate sections. The largest topics in MyLocal News are sports, and community events, so you decide to split those two up.

You would create a channel called Sport and a channel called Community, and another channel called News to cover stories which are neither sports or community events related. These three should be represented by channels because they are recurring sections of your publication.

You then repurpose MyLocal News to show stories which are front page headlines.

Note

You can show a story in more than one channel. In fact, front page stories are also often shown in their respective section channel.

Example 3

You publish a monthly online magazine for cat lovers called, unsurprisingly, Cats. You would create one channel called Cats to represent your magazine.

Example 4

Later, you publish another monthly online magazine for dog lovers on the same website. Unsurprisingly, you call this magazine Dogs. You would create another channel called Dogs. Your website now has two channels, one for each magazine.

2.5.1. Channel Modes

In ProsePoint, channels work in one of two ways:

  • Story listing, or
  • Scheduled editions.

2.5.1.1. Story listing

A story listings channel displays stories with the most recently posted appearing first. This is essentially a blog format. Editions are not used at all.

This is the default channel mode.

2.5.1.2. Scheduled editions

A scheduled editions channel displays the most recently published edition of that channel. It uses scheduling to decide which edition to show (scheduling is explained in a later section).

This channel mode requires a bit more work as it uses editions. However, it provides more control over when stories are displayed (by using scheduling), and allows for complex layouts (by using editions).

In this mode, you can think of a channel as a series of editions.