What Are These Elements?The Listing Elements group offers three types of lists. Each listing element shows content that is managed elsewhere, either in a different system or somewhere else in the content management system. Listing elements embody the principle of Create Once, Publish Everywhere (COPE), giving more reach to your words and images than a static, standard webpage can manage.
Links to instructions on using each are immediately below their examples lower on this page.
- Campground listing element
Shows some basic details for one or more campgrounds in a park. Draws on the data put into the structured data system. If you have changes you need to show, make those edits within the structured data system.
- Event listing element
Largely used by non-park websites, this element lists events that are created in the Event Manager (within the CMS). It's a great way for a parent park (e.g., NAMA) or some kind of site pertaining to multiple parks (e.g., the Alaska location based site) to show the events for constituent parks.
- Shared content listing element
The universal* listing element. It can show a wide variety of shared content types (articles, people assets, place assets, news releases, things to do, trip ideas, etc). A few examples are shown below, to illustrate the ways that the output changes, depending on the content types you want to list.
Campground Listing ElementBelow is an example of the campground listing element. It has space for an optional header and description, and then returns all kinds of details about one or more campgrounds in a given park. It features a little green or red flag to illustrate if the campground is currently open (with a note that an "open" campground may or may not be fully reserved, so check with the park for details).
One common way to use this element is to put it on your main campgrounds page for your park. If you have a lot of campgrounds, consider placing a few of them within some kind of logical category (e.g., Tent Only Campgrounds and then Vehicle Accessible Campgrounds or Campgrounds Needing Reservations and Walk-In Reservations Only, etc).
Campground Listing Element: Optional Header Goes Here
An optional description. This is not a rich-text editor, it's just static text. You might add some contextual details about what you're showing below (e.g., "These are tent-only campgrounds in Park ABC; we do not have any RV campsites in this park."). The element lets you pick the park you want, and then you can select which campgrounds from that park you want to list.
Campground listing element instructions (NPS only) | Return to top of the page
Event Listing Element (aka, the Calendar)As you might expect, the event listing element shows stuff happening in a park or program. You can configure it to show events for one park, multiple parks, or show events across the nation based on particular tags, or a combination of those criteria.
A few use cases include:
- A given park showing events at nearby parks (e.g., NAMA showing events at all the smaller units within NAMA, or perhaps a city park showing events for every park within a metropolitan area, or within a 3 hour drive, etc.).
- A subject site showing events across the country based on some kind of theme or topic (e.g., the Arts in the Parks website showing nationwide events tagged "art"). These are probably less useful for a trip planner who already is going to one specific place, but it helps show the breadth of events across the nation on particular topics.
Shared Content Listing ElementA universal listing element for (nearly) every time of shared content. Pages created using a shared content template include:
A catch-all for any kind of scientific, interpretive or general information webpage that has usefulness beyond a single park or program. For example:
- A general page about the ecology of jackrabbits could be useful for many parks, and it would be more efficient for parks to collaborate on a general info jackrabbit page than to repeat the same info, with small wording changes, across the website of every park where jackrabbits live.
- A scientific article about climate change research that occurred in 4 parks has usefulness to all parks involved. Publishing info about that scientific study as a shared content article obviates the need for 4 parks to say the same thing 4 times.
People assets are meant to be the definitive biographical sketch for historically significant people. Take, for example, Theodore Roosevelt: Several parks and/or programs might create an article (or a whole series of articles) fleshing out details of that person's life, but there should only be one people asset for Teddy, which gives the public the very basic details of his life (e.g., birthplace, birth date, location of death, etc).
Like people assets, place assets should exist to provide the definitive, brief details of a given location. Each park doesn't need a place asset, but significant locations (buildings, natural landmarks, etc) within parks (or outside of them) might have a place asset. For example, Phantom Ranch in Grand Canyon is a significant place in America, and could benefit from having a definitive place asset that gives some basic details about that location. Extra info like how to visit Phantom Ranch, or details of the history of Phantom Ranch, would then either belong in articles, things to do, or as static pages on Grand Canyon's website.
- Things to Do
This specialized page allows you to recommend a particular activity, or Thing to Do, in a park. Things to Do should be fairly specific, and do not need to replace or replicate existing activity-based info you might already have on your website.
- Trip Ideas
Trip Ideas are composed of Things to Do. They let you recommend an itinerary for a visitor who is going to either a particular park, or to a series of parks.
- News Releases
Fairly self-explanatory; all parks and programs should publish newsworthy information by using the news release template. A listing element can be configured to show only news releases, in which case the display is sorted chronologically (newest to oldest).
The shared content element example below demonstrates how the results look a little different if you choose to only show news releases.
When only showing news releases, the list results are shown chronologically, from newest to oldest.
Last updated: March 21, 2019