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Topical event pages

How to create and edit topical event pages.

Create topical event pages

To create topical event pages you need to get approval from the Government Digital Service (GDS). Don’t create them without approval.

Topical event pages are made up of 3 sections:

  • details
  • about page
  • features

To create topical event pages:

  1. Select the ‘More’ tab in Whitehall publisher and click on ‘Topical events’.
  2. Click the ‘Create topical event’ button. This will open the ‘Details’ page.

Create topical event details

  1. Complete the ‘Name’ field, including the name and date of the event. Names must be unique and can’t be changed once published. They don’t need a full stop. When you save your page this will become its ‘slug’, which users will see as the last section of the page URL.
  2. Complete the ‘Description’ field. Keep it brief and use it to explain what the event is, how the government is involved and what users will find on the page. You can also use it to link to related policies, statements of action or presentations. Use Markdown to format things like headings, bullets and links.
  3. Add links to relevant topics by using the dropdown menu that appears when you click in the ‘Related topics’ field.
  4. Add a logo if you have one, following the rules for adding an image and alt text.
  5. Complete the ‘Duration’ section. Topical event pages are only relevant for a specific period of time, so you’ll need to set a start date and an end date.
  6. Complete the ‘Social media accounts’ section by selecting any services being used for the event and adding the URL. You can add a maximum of 7.
  7. You can change the order of any policies, organisations or lead organisations that are tagged to the topical event by dragging and dropping them.
  8. Click ‘Save’.

Create an ‘About’ page

You can include more detail about the topical event in the ‘About’ page.

  1. Click on the ‘About page’ tab.
  2. Click ‘Create’.
  3. Add a name for the ‘About’ page. The name of the topical event page will automatically appear as the ‘About’ page title, so don’t repeat this.
  4. Include some ‘Read more link text’, following the guidance for writing link text. The link text will appear below the summary on the main topical event page.
  5. Complete the ‘Summary’ field using a maximum of 140 characters. This must be written as a complete sentence with a full stop.
  6. Complete the ‘Body’ section using Markdown to format things like headings, bullets and links. Common Markdown commands are also listed on the right-hand side of the page.
  7. Click ‘Save’.

Add a document

  1. Select the ‘Documents’ tab.
  2. Search for the document you want to add to the topical event page to and click ‘Edit draft’.
  3. Scroll down to ‘Topical events’ and select your topical event.
  4. Select ‘Update the document silently’.
  5. Click ‘Save’.
  6. Documents added to the topical event page will automatically appear in the ‘Latest’ feed.

Tag an organisation

  1. Select the ‘More’ tab in Whitehall publisher and click on ‘Departments and agencies’.
  2. Find the organisation you want to tag and click on it.
  3. Click on the ‘Edit’ button.
  4. Go to ‘Policy Areas’ and select the topical event from the drop down menu.
  5. Click ‘Save’.

Feature content

You can feature up to 5 pieces of content. Any items you feature must include an image.

Feature content published on GOV.UK

  1. On your topical event page, select the ‘Features’ tab.
  2. Search for the document you want to feature using the filters on the left hand side. Only documents tagged to the topical event page will appear in the search - you’ll need to tag them first before you can feature them.
  3. Click on the ‘Feature’ button next to the document you’d like to feature.
  4. Select a 960 pixels wide and 640 pixels high image to be shown on your topical event page with this feature.

Feature content published on other sites

  1. Select the ‘Features’ tab.
  2. Scroll down to the ‘Feature new offsite link’ section.
  3. Click on ‘Create an offsite link’.
  4. Complete the title, summary, type and URL fields and click ‘Save’.
  5. Click on the ‘Feature’ button next to the external page you’d like to feature.
  6. Select a 960 pixels wide and 640 pixels high image to be shown on your topical event page with this feature.

You can change the order of featured content. The first piece of content you feature will be the most prominent.

  1. Select the ‘Features’ tab.
  2. Click and drag an item up or down in the list.
  3. When you’re done setting the order, click ‘Save ordering’.

Unfeature content

  1. Click on the ‘Features’ tab.
  2. Click ‘Unfeature’ to remove featured content from your topical events page.