Managing Issues

Allow us to take you through the process of getting started.

First, log in to your Standfirst account, following the URL you've been given by your dedicated account manager.

The Issues Menu

If you are a Kindle only user, the first thing you are presented with is your issue management menu. If you don't initially land on this page, look in the sidebar of the admin panels and look for "Issues" under the “Feeds” menu.

As you can see - there are no issues at first. So let's create your first issue.

Creating Issues (Editions)

You'll need to manually create each issue you intend to publish. You can either create your issues in advance, or build them as and when required. Do ensure you allow enough time to manage your issue and prepare it for publication.

In this screen you can create an issue with a number of options.

Name: How you wish to name your issue. Most use dates, but it's common to call an issue Xmas 2016 Special, for example.

Slug: The path to the issue for those of you using issues on a public facing website.

Parent: Don't use this for issues generally unless you've been instructed otherwise. It allows for some hierarchy for specials, but as yet Amazon doesn't support this feature.

Description: Not used for customer facing content, but useful to describe issues - particularly specials.

Release date: This is the date on which the articles in this issue will become visible on the website. Date fields will default to now unless you select edit. If you are not running a website edition of Standfirst, especially for Standfirst.io users, this value is really only informational.

Date for articles: If your release date and publication date differ then you should use a different date here. Often release date is before the official publication date, to account for distribution - especially for print based publishers. 

Feature image: Most publications like to have a cover image for their issue. You should load an image of approximately 1,000px in width to ensure that the detail is high enough to be clear when viewed on a high dpi e-ink screen. Uploading and management of this image is the same as with other media in the system.

Once done, select submit.

You can always edit an issue if you make a mistake. In the example below, I've created a future dated issue, with matching release and publication dates and times. The issue will be released on the 10th of October at 2am. Any content published to this issue will not be visible until this point.

Guide updated on - 05/08/2020
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