• Every page, file, and news item on the IUP website needs a summary. Summaries show up in many places on the IUP site and in search engines. All page layouts and all downloadable files must have summaries.

    Here is how to edit a summary.

    A summary should be a one- to two-sentence description of what the page (or document) is about. It should not just repeat the title. Summaries always appear with their page titles, never alone. Summaries appear in collections, underneath page titles in Web searches, and with news post headlines.

    Do not format a summary! Almost all formatting will be automatically stripped out whenever it appears in collections or search results. No paragraph breaks, no lists. Just one or two plain sentences describing what the page is about.

    If you don’t add a summary, Ektron will do it for you—and it probably won’t be pretty. That’s because Ektron will just grab the first 300 or characters of the text, whether or not it makes any sense.

    As any page or file can appear in a collection or through a search (including PDFs), everything needs to have a summary included. Be sure to add one when the page layout is created (and review it when the page is updated to make sure it’s still current).

    Here are some ways summaries can be useful:

    • They tell people what they’ll find if they follow the link.
    • They can act as a teaser to get people to follow the link.
    • They supplement a good title. Don’t just recycle or reword the title to create a summary; give an additional, useful piece of information.

    Example: Working with Links on the IUP Website 

    Remember: Summaries will appear in search results, directly under the linked page title. Also, even though you may not use the page or file in a collection, someone else might add it to their collection, and the summary will then appear, too.