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Create and manage sections

Create sections within articles to make it easier for readers to find what they want in your edition. Once you create a section, use your Producer account to keep content up-to-date. This help center article shows you how to create and manage sections of your edition in Google Play Newsstand Producer. 

How to create a section

A section organizes content under the same topic (e.g. Latest, Sports, Politics, Arts & Culture, Fashion). To create a section, follow the steps below:

  1. Open Producer
  2. Click Sections in the navigation menu
  3. Click Add another section
  4. Identify the section type as one of the following:
  • Feed: A section of posts dynamically pulled from an RSS or Atom feed
  • Articles: A section of articles created in Producer that you add manually. Learn how to customize the presentation of your articles
  • Photos: A section of photos dynamically imported from Flickr, Picasa Web, or a Media RSS feed. Learn about additional image options.
  • Video channel: A section of videos dynamically pulled from YouTube. You can also embed videos from other sources. Learn how to add videos to your edition.
  • Social updates: A section of social updates dynamically queried from Google+

Note: To surface a particular type of content and display it in a particular way, use the appropriate section type. Remember to enter the name of the section and other settings, based on the section type.

If you choose feed for your section type, do the following:

Create a feed

We recommend that you send content to Google Play Newsstand via a feed. A feed is a file that contains all of the content you want available to users. For best results, optimize the look and feel of your content through mark-up and media assets.
To get started, do the following:
Note: This is a summary of required steps to create a feed. For complete details, review Newsstand feed specifications.
  1. Create a standard RSS feed or Atom feed
  2. Add article contents and mark-up:
    1. Full articles (i.e. do not submit summaries, highlights, or blurbs)
    2. Video, audio, images, or Google docs 
  3. Validate your feed via http://feedvalidator.org/ or http://validator.w3.org/feed/

Choose a feed content source

If you choose to send your content via a feed, use one of the following options:
  • Choose an RSS or Atom feed: Update your feed URL in this field.
  • Feed options: To learn about available feed options and which one is best for you, refer to the table below:
Option Description Use case
Directly from feed Newsstand regularly crawls your feed URL and imports new articles and media objects as you post them in your feed. Use if you already have a working feed. We recommend this option for all publishers.
Crawling source URL Newsstand regularly crawls your feed for updates. When NS finds a new article it follows the URL in the <link> tag to construct the article from the content hosted on that URL.

Use if you can’t send properly formatted articles from your feed. This option is not recommended. 

Learn how to properly format articles using our feed guidelines.

Directly from feed and crawl for additional media

Newsstand constructs articles from the feed, and supplements them with media found at the source URL.

If you choose this method and Newsstand can’t crawl your site, you may end up with multiple images or no images at all.

Use if you can’t submit media objects in your feed, but they display on the page in the <link> tag in your feed. 

Additional image options

Directly address duplicate image issues by submitting only one high-resolution (at least 800 px) version of an image to Newsstand. Use the following image options to give Newsstand more instructions to help keep duplicate images from appearing in your articles:

  • Remove duplicate images by URL: Producer removes media that may be duplicates based on image URLs.
  • Enable loose duplicate image matching: Producer automatically detects duplicate images when the image data is similar. This setting directs Producer to flag more images as duplicates.

 

Google Play Newsstand delivers up to 25 of the most recent articles within a feed. This value cannot be overridden by a publisher.

How to edit sections

Once you've added sections to your edition, edit or delete them following the steps below:

  1. Open Producer
  2. Select Sections from the navigation menu
  3. Click the name of the section that you'd like to modify and make the desired changes
  4. Click Update to save your edits

How to reorder sections

To reorganize existing sections, follow the steps below:

  1. Open Producer and click Sections on the navigation menu:
  2. Click Reorder sections
  3. Drag sections into the desired order

How to delete a section

To permanently delete a section from your edition, follow the steps below:

  1. Open Producer
  2. Click Sections 
  3. Click the name of section you want to delete
  4. Select the Less frequently heading
  5. Click Delete this entire section
  6. Type “yes” in the text field to confirm that you want to permanently delete the section

Deleting a section is permanent. If you mistakenly delete a section, create a new one to include the content in Newsstand again.

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