Schedule a start and end date for an Alert (or News item)

Modified on Thu, 29 Feb 2024 at 01:07 PM

Schedule a start and end date for an Alert (or News item) (written instructions)

This tutorial will show you how to schedule a start and end date for a new Alert or News item.


Ensure you are logged into your website. The black admin toolbar should be visible at the top of the screen.

The Homepage of a GPsurgery.net Navigator website, with the admin toolbar showing a the top of the screen.

Hover your mouse over + New in the admin toolbar, and select Alert (or News) from the drop-down that appears.

The +New drop-down, with Alert selected

You are now in the Alert editor. Add a title in the title box.

The title box on the Add New Alert screen, with "Closed for training 1/3/24" typed.

Add more details to the description box.

The description box with "The practice will be closed on 1 March 2024 for training" typed.

Use the primary website link text box to add meaningful link text (if you need to use a link). Learn about writing meaningful link text.

The primary website link text box with "If you need medical help, go to NHS 111" typed.

Add the URL for the site you'd like to link to (if needed) to the Primary website link box.

The primary website link box with "https://111.nhs.uk/" typed

To schedule the alert for the future, select the Edit link next to Publish immediately in the Publish box.

The Edit link next to Publish Immediately in the Publish box.

Select the month, day and year when you would like the Alert to be published on your website.

The Publish box with 03-Mar, 1, 2024 selected as the date.

Now type the time when you would like the Alert (or News) to be published.

NOTE: this is using the 24 hour clock

8:00 selected as the time for the alert to be published

Once you are happy with the date and time for your Alert (or News) to be published, select the OK button.

the OK button in the Publish box selected

To select the date when you would like the Alert (or News) removed from the website, use the Unpublish on: box to set a date and time. 

NOTE: you can also use the calendar icon to manually pick a date from a calendar.

The Unpublish on: box with 1/03/24, 18:00, selected.

Once you are happy with your Alert, and the times when you have scheduled it to be added and taken down, select the Schedule button.

The Schedule button in the Publish box.

Your Alert (or News) will now be scheduled. You will get a confirmation pop-up to remind you when you have scheduled it to appear.

the confirmation message after scheduling an alert

You can use the Preview post link in the confirmation message to check how your Alert is going to appear.

the Preview post link in the schedule confirmation.

Your scheduled Alert (or News) is now scheduled to publish and unpublish automatically.

The preview of the scheduled Alert

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