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.
The first section of the System Preferences page is for General Settings.
Here is what each of the options means:
- Site On-Line: These Yes and No radio buttons enable you to put the whole Newscoop server on-line or off-line, for example in case of scheduled server maintenance
- Site Title: The default name for your publication's website. Your designer can configure your publication's templates to display this information
- Site Meta Keywords: The default keyword meta tags in your header template, for search engine optimization
- Site Meta Description: The default description meta tag in your header template, also for search engines
- Time Zone: This field enables you to override the server's own time zone setting, which is typically set to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). You may wish for your Newscoop interface to display local time instead, for instance when scheduling publication time for a particular issue
- Database Cache Engine: enables or disables the APC cache, which can improve Newscoop performance
- Template Cache Handler: Select DB to enable the cache for templates
- Imagecache lifetime: The time that images will be cached for, from 30 seconds to infinite
- Allow password recovery: Whether users can get a password reminder by email. Note that if this feature is enabled and your email account is compromised, your Newscoop publication can easily be compromised in turn
- Secret Key: The security key that Newscoop can use for integration of web services and other advanced features
- Session Lifetime: Enables you to specify the maximum duration of Newscoop administration sessions without re-authentication, which is a security feature
- Keyword separator: Specify the separator for Keywords in the Edit Article page (comma or hyphen)
- Number of failed login attempts before showing CAPTCHA: A security measure designed to foil password-guessing robots
- Maximum upload file size: The maximum size of attachments that users of your website can upload
- SMTP Host: The server that Newscoop will use for sending out email notifications
- SMTP Port: The port number that Newscoop will use on the specified email server
The second section of the page is for Editor Settings, which refer to image handling.
The fields in this section enable you to specify the default resize ratio, or default width and height, for images in articles. 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.
External subscription management
The third section down is related to external subscription management software.
If you select the Yes radio button for the Reader subscriptions managed externally? option, the subscription management features in the Newscoop administration interface are hidden. The subscription data is still held in the Newscoop database, which your systems administrator will have connected to your third-party subscription management software.
Database replication server
The fourth section 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:
- Database Replication Host: The name or IP address of the remote database server
- Database Replication User: The user name to connect with on the remote server
- Database Replication Password: The password to submit on the remote server
- Database Replication Port: The port number to connect to on the remote server (the default port number is 3306)
Using an Airtime media library
The fifth section enables you to attach media located in an Airtime storage server to articles in your Newscoop publication. Once you've installed and configured Airtime, create a user in the Airtime administration interface and add it to the Admins group. Back in the Newscoop System Preferences page, select the Yes radio button for the option Enable Airtime audio attachments?
Below, you should enter the host name or IP address of the Airtime server. The values of the fields Port, XML RPC Path and XML RPC File should already be filled in with the default values. You don't need to edit these default values, unless you have a custom Airtime configuration.
The last step is to give certain users the right to attach audio files to articles. You can edit a Staff User Type to enable this, so that all users of this type will receive the right automatically. Alternatively, you can enable this right for individual staff user accounts.
Templates filter mask
Enter keywords for templates that you wish to hide on the Configure -> Templates page. For example, templates that are no longer in use, but you do not wish to delete from the server
Run cron tasks externally? means to use the server's own scheduler for automated tasks, rather than the one included in Newscoop.
This section enables you to specify how maps linked to articles will be displayed, and which Internet mapping service will provide the data.
The default width and height of both externally and locally hosted video files can be set in this section, to make sure that the videos are displayed correctly in your publication's page templates.
Finally, the Save button updates your preferences.