Announcements

LemonStand has a built in Content Management System (CMS) that makes it easy for nontechnical users to create and publish content, including blog posts, site pages, announcements and more. 

LemonStand includes an easy way to manage announcements.  Announcements are a great way to tell your customers about what’s new in your store, for promotions, sales, and new product updates. Announcements allow you to include news items in a separate area of your site from your blog if desired. 

Create and Edit Announcements

To create a new announcement, go to Content > Announcements in your LemonStand admin panel and click “New Entry”. To edit an existing announcement, simply click on the title for the announcement you'd like to edit.

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Adding announcements using New Entry

You will see the edit form where you can edit your announcement. You can edit any of the following fields:


FieldDescription
TitleThis is the title of your announcement (required).
ExcerptA summary of your announcement, featured on your content page.The excerpt is commonly used in pages that list your announcement, and as a lead paragraph on pages that display announcements.
ContentYou guessed it! This is where your content goes. Use our editor for all of the design aspects, including formatting, and uploading images into your post.
StatusSet the status of your announcement, from Draft, to In Review, to Published. This allows you to configure a simple review workflow prior to publishing if desired.
AuthorSelect an author for your announcement.
DateSelect a publication date.
URL slugThis is a URL-friendly tag used in the URL, which you can tune for improving page scraping and SEO factors.
CategoriesThis is the category or categories that the announcement is published to. Check out our entry on categories for more details.
SEO Title TagThis allows advanced users to customize the title for the announcement that will be shown in search engine results.
SEO Meta DescriptionThis allows you to add a custom meta description for search engine optimization.
SEO Meta KeywordsThis field allows you to add custom meta keywords for search engine optimization.

Click Save when you’re finished writing or updating your announcement. Your announcement will default to a Status of Draft and isn’t published until you set its status to Published. You can preview your draft if you have an announcement template set up in your theme by pressing the Preview button.

Editing a announcement using the content editorUsing Shortcodes in Announcements

You can also use shortcodes when writing content for your store. A shortcode is shorthand for quickly linking to products and adding complex elements to your posts. You can use shortcodes to add:

  • Inline links to products (e.g., Hairbands)
  • Content blocks with product details (including a "buy now" button and product image)
  • Other content blocks based on Widget Templates.

A shortcode is typed into your content like any other text (like the example post above), and looks like:

[ shortcode: parameter-1, parameter-2, etc. ]

You can find more details on Content shortcodes in our theme customization guide, including a list of available shortcodes, their parameters, and tips for fitting content embedded with shortcodes into the visual style of your store.

Theme Templates

See Creating CMS Theme Templates article for customization options for the CMS theme templates.